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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