December 26, 2015

Does Trudeau's victory mean Conservatives need a glam makeover?

Elizabeth KingRebel Columnist
 

Seems to me that Canadians are intolerant of a glamourous façade—at least when it’s on our home soil.

Maybe it’s because there’s nothing glamourous about drinking scorching vending machine coffee at 6:00 a.m. hockey practices. There’s no glitziness camping with blood sucking black flies and sleeping on air mattresses with slow leaks. We’re irrepressibly down-to-earth and ready with an eye roll to any pretenses.

This is why when Prime Minister Trudeau behaves with public displays of nose-on-nose sentimentality, hand-on-heart posturing, and most unbearably, when he acts as if his mandate is to attain as many selfies as the ever-growing dollars in his proposed deficits—I wince.

The last two months have proven that former drama teachers like Trudeau will always chase the limelight and drool over an invitation to a Vogue magazine spread. In one photo, there he is, eyes skyward, finger resting on his temple, contemplating something, though certainly not northern European nations. In the next, he’s in a leggy embrace with his wife Sophie, while off camera, somewhere, their two taxpayer funded nannies were simmering down their three kids. Naturally, glamourous families need glamourous help, in glamourous doses.

I’m doubtful that most Canadians were wondering whom they were wearing, since women here step out in comfortable pumps, and most men don’t seem attracted to the excessively tapered, leprechaun-like suits of the day. It’s particularly uninspiring that Trudeau’s first few weeks have felt like a blurring of substandard theatre with carols, platitude after platitude, and photo-op schmooze-fests.

What’s worse is thinking the Conservative Party is threatened by this drama, or believing the Right needs a glam-adversary. Brian Mulroney’s daughter, Caroline, recently came up as a possible conservative to counter all the fabulousness. She declined the suggestion, and even she must have been unsettled to see some of her qualifications: nice looking and having once wowed a crowd—with an introduction. To add further insult to the nomination, the Tory insider who recommended Ms. Mulroney Lapham wished to remain anonymous. That’s some endorsement.

Besides, they’re wrong. Most conservatives want more than pleasing facial symmetry, hence the “Nice hair though,” political ads. Conservatives need a highly intelligent leader. I want a leader that leaves me sobbing and flipping over the board after a chess match; a person who knows the capital of Latvia; a man or woman who has a nerd’s ambition and would rather sit at a desk than lounge on a sofa.

Pre-election, Trudeau looked dapper for a microsecond since glamour cannot flourish unless it’s complemented by a keen intellect or a veil of mystery. Glamour’s soft lighting goes buzzing fluorescent when met with foolishness. Trudeau burst his mystique with his esteem for China’s dictatorship; his schmaltzy declaration to grow the economy “from the heart outward;” and his winter equipment solution to ISIS.

After Oct. 19, Trudeau responded flaccidly and slowly to the horrors of the Paris terrorist attacks, while disrespectfully taking selfies with the crowds. Then, even though he spoke of the struggling middle class and railed against the Universal Child Care Benefit for helping the wealthy like himself, he’s billing us for his babysitters.

Most alarmingly, his government is screening for LGBT refugees (FABulous!), while heinously doing nothing to prioritize Alawite Muslims, Christians, and Yazidis.

Poor, unfashionable souls!

If Trudeau must keep his glamourous ways, he should do so while being asked prime ministerial skill-testing questions. He needs to take off his designer jacket, loosen his tie and find ways to cut costs and help the most vulnerable. Stop taking pictures, Mr. Prime Minister. We’ve seen you already. Even though you don't realize it, the curtains have closed. It’s time to get down to work.



 

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commented 2015-12-29 23:27:24 -0500
Don Cherry for Prime Minister! Failing that, how about Sheila Gunn Reid? Canada’s Palin!
commented 2015-12-29 23:23:29 -0500
Mike, there’s a reporter for CBC Saskatchewan that’s publicly tweeted twice now about how he wishes Harper would come to some physical harm, once he said he hopes Harper loses an eye for his birthday. He said he’d party on Harper’s grave. Then there’s Pat Martin. Then there’s every second posting on pretty much any political story that the CBC allows posting on. About your little bitches theory, I’m waiting for the day someone with some painting talent redoes the naked Harper piece with Trudeau in it instead (Chief Spence serving the cup of Tim’s, CUPE president Mark Hancock kissing the naked PM’s ring). Quick and easy prediction: it gets done to Harper and the painter gets accolades, money, and fame. The painter of a similar Trudeau would get fined and jail, if not outright assassinated. Complete and total ostracization, for sure. Harper was attacked unrelentingly for years, he came out smiling. Attack a hero of the left and look out! There are two sets of rules at play. If the left had to play by the right’s rules the left wouldn’t even exist.
commented 2015-12-29 01:54:03 -0500
It’s hilarious that conservatives cry like little bitches about jokes made about Harper, but yet we have conservatives here like Bravo Zulu who actually wish for Trudeau’s death in a car accident.

As much as I hated Harper – I never wished for his death.

I guess that is the difference between liberals and conservatives – we just make potentially offensive jokes about conservative politicians, but conservatives wish for the death of liberal politicians.
commented 2015-12-28 23:04:55 -0500
No, Conservatives don’t need change or false glamour – we need to plug the outside foreign money and plug the propagating of lies – to tell the truth, I’d vote for PM Harper in a heartbeat again and I don’t hold him as some sort of fanciful hero but he made a darned good leader and Prime Minister and he had a real heart for Canadians from Coast to Coast to Coast – unlike the Shiny Potty – I just saw a post stating that tax payers paid the bill for his Vogue photoshoot and 4 page spread (not sure if it’s true or not) !!!
commented 2015-12-28 17:40:52 -0500
Mark York – I’m not sure how the left stole the word progressive, since it has no meaning for them at all. I propose that the word be changed to regressive, and this word actually does apply to the leftists.
commented 2015-12-28 17:12:48 -0500
This is just this woman’s self serving opinion but sounds like brain deadening stupidity to me. Listening to her atrophies my brain.
Conservatives should actively not listen to this kind of clap trap.
commented 2015-12-28 14:22:26 -0500
I would like to see the conservatives get into social media like twitter a lot more than they do now and start NOW. Its a new era in politics and you have to drop a lot of the old media/advertising and enter the century.

As well maybe taking on the old name Progressive Conservatives would be nice as well, that way they will take the P word away from the left.
commented 2015-12-28 12:13:38 -0500
The only reason that PM Harper lost, was because the UN was funneling money through those lying unions, to destroy him for the past 10-years. All the members of those lying main stream media unions, should be slapped silly for being liars, and twisting the truth, so the biggest liar of all, Junior, could win. The UN is a terrorist group and Canada needs to slap them to the curb, and give Canadians anther federal election. We need to allow another election due to the frauds committed against our voters by Elections Canada and that propagandist crew the CBC, paid for by the UN terrorist group of nobodies. I will never consider that airhead our prime minister. He’s just a nobody with a trust fund from daddy.
commented 2015-12-28 08:54:58 -0500
I met Preston, a couple times, maybe 20 some years ago when he was actually a little bit relevant. He played to packed houses (in the west) and you could feel his charm from 50 feet away. I say Harper was brave for giving it to Putin over the Ukraine, and also for apologizing to the FN’s for the residential school abuse. He could have been a lot braver in his time in office, I agree. Chief Spence was only one example, the CBC is another. He did at least have the balls to take on the media on a couple of issues, though. I say if he had been more of a leader in his last term and not so obviously afraid of the push back he’d get on some of those issues he might have survived the election. Like I said, controversial. It does not rhyme with conservative.
commented 2015-12-28 03:12:49 -0500
Preston Manning, charming?!?!

And I hate to say this, but Harper is not brave. If he were brave, then he would not have given into that corrupt Idle No More chief.
commented 2015-12-27 23:03:04 -0500
I don’t completely agree with this article. I say the party needs a new leader, but it doesn’t have to be another version of Trudeau. A lot of posters here get it – conservatives traditionally choose substance over style. I say it’s possible to have both, but what you sacrifice is that strong conservative tradition of being uncontroversial. It’s the cool factor. Trudeau’s cool, he appeals to the “cool” crowd. The last “cool” PM we had was Chretien (for choking a guy), and the last one before that was Trudeau one point oh. The last cool conservative in office was Diefenbaker, and that was a long, long time ago. But you can’t have cool without controversy, and that’s where the difficulty lies. The best man for the job now, Brad Wall, is as cool as conservative gets and he’s so whitebread that all those millions of voters in Quebec would rather watch CBC sponsored porn than him. We are going to have to think outside the box to solve the current Trudeau puzzle, and if we pick the wrong person we are going to have to live with Justin until his kids are old enough to take his place and continue the dynasty. Someone who is as smart as Deb Gray, as charming as Preston Manning (25 years ago), and as brave as Harper was when he told Putin to get out of the Ukraine. Someone willing to take an unpopular stance within the party, and sell it to them. If Sarah Palin were Canadian, she’d be pretty close. The only person I can think of is Don Cherry. Lord help us.
commented 2015-12-27 22:46:57 -0500
Rick seems to have a problem with Mulroney. Not sure why. He’s the guy that earned the largest majority in history, the only leader to win a majority in all regions and all provinces. I heard Trudeau’s win referred to as a “landslide” election night and I laughed so hard milk came out my nose! Mulroney’s problems started with a huge stab in the back by his Quebec leader, and continued on with the typical scandals that go with landslide victories (I’m from Saskatchewan, I know what happens to parties that win landslides 2 elections later). Really, Mulroney’s biggest problem was that he won too big, all at once. He got it by borrowing on that old Liberal election tactic; marketing. Every chance he had he said the words “majority Progressive Conservative government” because of the possibility of another minority result and he didn’t want to end up like Joe Clark. I figure that phrase got him at least 20 more seats than he normally should have won, and a spot in the record books. Also, to the eventual demise of the party, unfortunately! He was the right man at the right time, and I’m sure he’d be remembered a lot more fondly than he is if he had won a smaller majority that first time around. If Brad Wall had won a big majority his first term, he probably would be in trouble by now for the upcoming provincial vote. Fortunately, he’s cruising to an easy victory.
commented 2015-12-27 22:02:09 -0500
Who put those lines through those words!? and why!?
commented 2015-12-27 21:55:51 -0500
BRAVO ZULU:
“I want to split the country. "
Here are some timeless words that adequately address that (but slightly altered*)…

‘When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, -That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.-Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies (or Western Canadians*); and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain (or Trudeau’s Liberals*) is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States (or provinces*). To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world…’

Those ‘impelling causes’ and ‘facts’, illustrated by some such as THEREBEL
commented 2015-12-27 18:09:30 -0500
Dale Warren, The vast majority of Calgarians, Edmontonians, and urban Saskatchewanites do not want to leave Canada. What we have is a rural bumpkin rump, that refuses to admit that their border-line-fascist views and policies will not sit well with Canadians. It’s time to admit how flakey these right-winged views are, and allow centrists to reshape the Conservative Party, and rescue it from the lesser forms of supporters. Urban western Canadians are the exact same as eastern Canadians: We do not buy the fascist bull shit of the Reform Party shits that supported Harper.
commented 2015-12-27 16:05:37 -0500
J Kay: Thanks for the clarification and I agree. I do think both sides have some good people in them even if I might not agree with all their ideas. That is also true with the conservative party. Both always have room for improvement.
commented 2015-12-27 15:10:32 -0500
If Conservatives were to become more like Lieberals as suggested by certain lefty trolls, what would be the point? Oh yeah, we had Mulroney. Look how well THAT worked out………..!
commented 2015-12-27 15:00:45 -0500
Edward Jobin, I don’t think the Liberals are better than the Conservatives. I would never vote Liberal and in fact believe that Trudeau will turn out to be a major disaster. I was just repeating what people said about Trudeau on a variety of newspaper forums.
I notice that people take sides. Liberals can say nothing good about Harper and the Conservatives can say nothing good about Liberals, when in fact both parties have some good things about them.
commented 2015-12-27 14:53:56 -0500
Steve McQueen commented 23 hours ago, J KAY commented 2 hours ago
I subscribe to the National Post, the UK Guardian and the UK Daily Mail …..
I see, so you suck media party cock. Nuf said.
Steve McQueen, I also read the Asia Times and the Times of Israel. What do you read.pray tell?
commented 2015-12-27 13:30:00 -0500
Sean Penson commented 3 hours ago
Bravo, You’re advocating treason, and there is only one way to deal with traitors! It will be a lonely country, with just parts of both Alberta and Saskatchewan succeeding. Manitoba and British Columbia are fully opposed to such nonsense.

Sean Penson. I told you before. Go sell that shit to Quebec.
commented 2015-12-27 13:29:38 -0500
Sean Penson . . . the succession game has worked well for Keybec for decades . . . 9 trillion a year of your tax dollars flows to them annually. Going to be interesting where Boy Blunder is going to get the cash next year. I suspect it will be borrowed. The real question is . . . “Will there be anything left of Canada to separate from in 4 years”?
The non-intellectuals in western Canada have now surrendered to the Eastern Elites once again . . . they are now in control as they have been since the 60s . . . and will once again Bleed the West for their benefit in the East.
From Ontario east we have a permanent welfare state, looking more and more like Europe every year.
Remember Sean . . . Saskatchewan and Alberta could join the USA in a heartbeat, in would be insane for BC to not be part of the same situation . . . the much of the activitiy in BC is North and South today.
commented 2015-12-27 12:03:32 -0500
Sam Young: All the Conservatives need is to allow the liberals to serve a few consecutive terms and the debts we rack up and the corruption will drive them away from the liberals just like they did when they were questioning if this was the end of liberal party. How short some people’s memory is. Trudeau didn’t win because he had such remarkable and improved ideas. He won because he pandered to the unions including the media who were all wanting a return to the lack of transparency and greed.
commented 2015-12-27 11:51:50 -0500
@seanpenson, you have got to be kidding when you say “Canadians are leftist at heart” you can’t be more from the truth.
New Canadians, and leftist freaks that have been brain washed, “are leftist”.
The average Canadian doesn’t want debt.
The average Canadian doesn’t want higher taxes.
The average Canadian is sick and tired of all the political correctness.
The average Canadian is sick of supporting the low life’s that are career students and sucking off the government.
The average Canadian is sick of paying taxes and not getting better roads.
The average Canadian is sick of leaders that don’t give a shit about the people that elected their asses.
The average Canadian is sick of people, who suck off the tit of hard working Canadians because they are to lazy to get a job.
The average Canadian is sick of paying higher costs for everything (because some liberal government) has back deals going on.
The average Canadian is just sick and tired of the bullshit…

So Sean don’t speak for me or the average Canadian, because you don’t have a clue what the average Canadian wants.
commented 2015-12-27 11:51:49 -0500
@seanpenson, you have got to be kidding when you say “Canadians are leftist at heart” you can’t be more from the truth.
New Canadians, and leftist freaks that have been brain washed, “are leftist”.
The average Canadian doesn’t want debt.
The average Canadian doesn’t want higher taxes.
The average Canadian is sick and tired of all the political correctness.
The average Canadian is sick of supporting the low life’s that are career students and sucking off the government.
The average Canadian is sick of paying taxes and not getting better roads.
The average Canadian is sick of leaders that don’t give a shit about the people that elected their asses.
The average Canadian is sick of people, who suck off the tit of hard working Canadians because they are to lazy to get a job.
The average Canadian is sick of paying higher costs for everything (because some liberal government) has back deals going on.
The average Canadian is just sick and tired of the bullshit…

So Sean don’t speak for me or the average Canadian, because you don’t have a clue what the average Canadian wants.
commented 2015-12-27 10:03:09 -0500
Bravo, You’re advocating treason, and there is only one way to deal with traitors! It will be a lonely country, with just parts of both Alberta and Saskatchewan succeeding. Manitoba and British Columbia are fully opposed to such nonsense.
commented 2015-12-27 09:37:49 -0500
“Glam makeover to appeal to the stupid people out there? May as well recruit Kim Kardashian as your hope for a brighter tomorrow”

Exactly, AB PATRIOT, The Country went stupid, and only time and pain has a chance of fixing that.
commented 2015-12-27 09:19:53 -0500
Canadians are leftist at heart. That MUST be accepted by CPC members, if it is ever going to be taken seriously. Canadians are demanding big government and a better and more equitable redistribution of wealth. We must come together and reform our economy, regardless of the cost. The old order, of relying on natural resources is dead. We are in an era where the urban leftist elites call the shots, not the hinterland. The environment and climate change must be addressed. First Nations must be accommodated. Women and other disadvantaged minorities must be resolved. Millions of refugees MUST be accepted. If the CPC refuses to change,it will never come back to office!