November 04, 2015

Only Justin need apply

Theo CaldwellArchive

“If he can do it, so can I!” This sentiment has been bouncing around Canadian cultural and political circles lately, as the nation sees Liberal leader and noted lightweight Justin Trudeau installed as prime minister.

Specifically, as the 43-year-old Justin, who can claim no accomplishment other than surviving childbirth, is granted near-dictatorial federal power, decent people in various fields are wondering if they could also wade into politics and attain similar, sudden success.

The short answer is: No, you can’t.

The quickest explanation is that, unlike you, Justin inherited a kajillion dollars and the Liberal Party of Canada and, when he was good and ready, took up his post in the family business.

You couldn’t surpass Justin from a standing start any more than you could run a bigger cable company than Ed Rogers, or a larger grocery chain than Galen Weston, Jr.

Even as a scion of another political family, the son of a successful, recent prime minister, that tack won’t work if you’re a Conservative (Mark Mulroney, please call your office).

We in Canada don’t talk about liberal media bias quite as much, or as loudly, as they do in the United States (nor, as it happens, do we talk as much about individual liberty – and we ought to), but it is nonetheless a reality.

If a Conservative leadership candidate were as dazed and underqualified as Justin, he would be hooted off the stage.

Indeed, even if that person were credentialed to the teeth, the media default is to characterize right-wingers as stupid or evil, so we’d get one or both.

So, exhaling in unison, let us agree that we cannot do what Justin just did – at least, not the same way.

Rather, to be successful in anything like the near future, Conservatives must be different from anything we have seen before, innovative, visionary, funny, and engaging. Most important, they must refuse to play by the media’s rules.

If this advice seems Trumpian, it bears mentioning that, so far at least, the approach has worked, albeit in another country. But take the recent presidential debate performances of Republican Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, if you prefer.

Naming the mainstream media’s biases and refusing to accept their assumptions, these men are changing the nature of the national argument.

Gotcha stuff doesn’t work if you refuse to let it. But not an inch must be given. One sniveling apology or craven clarification is like a drop of blood to a school of piranha.

A successful leader of the right must reject the premises of the news media, advocate traditional values eschewed by recent predecessors, take the case directly to the people, and make them laugh (for the right reasons).

You show me a respectable, Conservative Member of Parliament, who has served in various capacities and mouths media-approved pieties, and I’ll show you a loser.

If there is no excitement or pizazz to Justin’s principal opponent, his reign will make Mackenzie King’s look like Kim Campbell’s.

On the left, the response to Justin’s coronation seems rather different and, true to form, denies the obvious reality of how we got here.

Writing in the Globe and Mail, Leah McLaren gives Justin a public tongue-bath, emblematic of the embarrassing, corporate vapidity of that newspaper and its affiliates.

Rather than depict Justin as the life-lottery jackpot winner he clearly is, McLaren carries on as if he were some kind of overachiever. This is how it’s going to be, is it?

As I’ve written previously, Justin is too obviously vacant and not of favoured ethnic background such that we have to pretend he’s a genius, as was the case with Barack Obama.

Even so, are we meant to act like Justin becoming prime minister was an accomplishment, rather than inevitable?

Speaking of which, while most readers immediately appreciated the Justin-Obama parallel (and it has been gratifying to see the same, basic column re-published repeatedly under different bylines), a number have suggested that Justin is less Canada’s Obama than its George W. Bush. Presumably, they mean the advantage of a prominent name and infrastructure in federal politics.

Interesting assignment: Seek out the musings of those who characterized George W. Bush as a dunderhead who fell into the family business and got lucky. Do they say anything similar about Justin now?

For those who somehow think the comparison might be unfavourable to the 43rd president, consider that unlike Justin, who did not complete a number of degree programs, Bush actually graduated from both Yale and Harvard and became a two-term governor of Texas before winning national office. As to the competence of the two men in leading governments, we’ll just see, won’t we?

I will say, having met both men, if I had to choose one of them as my partner for a to-the-death game of Trivial Pursuit, that would be my easiest decision of the day.

As to the affirmative action component of the leftist worldview, columnist Anthony Furey opines on the ridiculousness of Justin’s quota-driven Cabinet appointments, noting that Justin himself “rose to power on everything but merit.”

The need to bean-count people by race, gender and, increasingly, sexual orientation is an absurd tic of the left in general, the Liberal Party in particular, and is shared by their closest allies: mainstream journalists.

One reason major Canadian news outlets are so unwatchable, unlistenable, barely readable and gawdawful is that they are the most glaring affirmative action racket in the country, aside from government – albeit prioritizing gender before race.

It’s not that women or members of preferred minority groups cannot perform the required tasks. It’s that those ensconced in prominent positions are there because of identity politics, crowding out more talented, intelligent and, certainly, conservative members of the same cohort.

If you are employed by a large operation, look at your own workplace. You can probably identify young, eager women and people of various colours who could do things better than the sinecured mediocrities above them who are always leaving at 3 to pick up their kid, while simultaneously complaining how sexist life is (and you can perhaps also recognize that the most common obstacle to women rising in the workplace isn’t men – it’s other women).

If you are an employer, you know how difficult it is to hire and retain good people. You are likely bemused whenever you hear some breathless news report about workplace discrimination against women, or a glass ceiling, or what a misogynist racist you probably are. (Incidentally, the irony of that report being read aloud by a 20-something woman with a Media Arts degree and earning six figures for getting the words in the right order is probably not lost on you.)

You know that if you can find a good, competent person who can do the job for a fair wage and will stick around, you don’t care what colour or gender they are (I am addressing these comments, of course, to people who live in the real world, rather than the imaginary villains of leftist fantasies, wherein liberals are always Denzel Washington in Philadelphia, or Dolly Parton in 9 to 5, etc.).

If that person happens to be of a particular sex, hue, or persuasion, such that hiring them keeps the diversity enforcers off your back a little longer, so be it, but this is not your chief concern.

I recall some years ago, being at the home of a prominent Liberal Party member, forming a volunteer committee to deal with some municipal issue. As people put up their hands for various assignments, our host stopped midway, counted the men and women, said he wanted there to be “gender balance” and so started the process all over again.

This is simply how these people talk. They cannot help it, and they know no other way to be.

Similarly, a Liberal female friend of mine, in a casual conversation about racial quotas that I should have known to leap through the window or fake a seizure to avoid, snapped at me, “I DO know, Theo, that things go best when people from different cultures work together.”

I was struck by the finality with which she made the remark, as though she were slapping down the Queen of Spades in a game of Hearts.

Since the Tower of Babel, that has been bollocks on stilts.

Diversity of thought is what matters. The rest is window-dressing at best, and a disaster at worst.

Please remember this when some gimlet-eyed complainer wails about the number of straight, white males on a panel or in a particular profession. By that logic, if you put Justin and, say, Ezra Levant on the same committee, do you suppose it would be lopsided, with both of them saying the same things?

But again, further to Furey’s comments, this touchy-feely, multi-culti, set-aside psychobabble applies to you, not them.

As he points out, the Liberals are the only major federal political party that has never had a female leader, even as it lectures the rest of us on what Stanley Kowalski chauvinists we all are. But don’t expect their current boss to step aside in the name of gender diversity.

There is perhaps no more privileged, coddled, entitled person in all of Canada than Justin Trudeau. To be clear, Justin has become the second-youngest prime minister in Canadian history by virtue of being a wealthy, white, male heir of a family business, bearing its brand name as his own, assisted by an ideologically uniform news media, and exempted from the credentialing requirements and professional rigours of any adult reading this column.

In short, Justin is the beneficiary of the precisely the same patriarchal, Old Boy nepotism of which the left incessantly accuses the rest of society.

Which is why, my aspiring conservative compatriots, we cannot hope to achieve success the same way – nor should we want to.

It is not in our nature to divvy people up by skin colour, sex and proclivity. We believe that, at long last, it is time to treat people, simply, as people.

Let us rise or fall, sink or swim, tumble or soar based on our own merits. That is our game. Let’s not play theirs.

If we can meet this challenge with vigour, wit, wisdom and good humour we may yet, to borrow a phrase, take our country back.

(Theo Caldwell is taller than he looks. Contact him at


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commented 2015-11-05 17:02:34 -0500
Good Lord, have we come to a day when someone is proud to be a milquetoast squishy Red Tory like that lying disgusting SOB Mulroney, or Clark, or Charest. At least Charest left the movement and went where he belonged. He take the PC Party to the same place on the spectrum as the NDP. What a disaster.
commented 2015-11-05 16:59:44 -0500
Sean, why don’t Red Tories like you join Justin’s Liberals, where you belong. My only regret is the Alliance didn’t toss all of your Reds – good riddance.
commented 2015-11-05 16:44:04 -0500
Trudeau appointed 50 percent of women. So what? That’s just a political correct masquerade. Being a Minister in the Cabinet is not as important as people think. Anyone familiar with politics in a British parliamentary system knows that the REAL POWER in Canada lies within the Privy Council and not the Cabinet… and guess what folks? Trudeau’s Privy Coucil is constituded with white men only, preferably white Anglo-Saxon and French Canadians. The Privy Council includes Ministers , non-politicians non-ministers it will includes among others former PM Jean Chretien, Paul Martin, and business figures such as Desmarais (son) of Power Corporation a good friend of Chretien and other high profile figures of the Laurentian Class.
commented 2015-11-05 15:11:16 -0500
Telling people what to do in their private lives is NOT a Conservative or Liberal issue, it is a Libertarian vs. Authoritarian issue.

What “Liberals” and “red tories” do wrong is confusing the option for alternative lifestyles, with actually PUSHING those alternative lifestyles upon people in government interactions. If my kids are trannies, we’ll deal with it, no need to operate on the assumption that all kids are trannies from day one.

Conservatives and “blue tories” tend to also push their values upon others, often with financial penalty attached for non-compliance (prostitution, cannabis, etc). I only do prefer “blue tories” (if I must choose between authoritarians) because they generally don’t go throwing money at things we can’t afford. In Harper’s last years, we started to see a lot more of that shit.

“Red tories” will never do, no matter how “unelectable” the CINOs claim other types of right wing politicians are.
commented 2015-11-05 01:37:22 -0500
Overall a good day. Conservatives and Liberals would agree to that. Thirty cabinet ministers, 15 men 15 women, from every province and bringing a wealth of experience and background. Long-term experience and new faces. A good start.
commented 2015-11-05 01:33:23 -0500
Sean if you think Justin will be respected then you have mental problems.
commented 2015-11-05 01:31:47 -0500
Sean Penson you prove your BS first buddy, you are pretty lost and have little idea of the world. CHretin was a laughing stock, being an appeaser doe snot garner respect.
commented 2015-11-05 00:57:06 -0500
Peter: The right you talk about is not Conservative, but either Social Credit or Reform Party or Confederation of Regions Western Party
commented 2015-11-05 00:37:15 -0500
Hyacinth, worse than the leftie trolls that post here are the lefties that say they are conservative, but every comment they make screams that they are left wing.

A “red” tory is not really a Conservative because a red tory holds liberal political beliefs and values. It sounds way too obvious to say, but must be said here that a true conservative believes in conservative policies.

Sean you talk about that the “Red Tories can salvage the Canadian right,” well it will not be the “right” anymore, it will be liberal left.
commented 2015-11-05 00:26:44 -0500
@ Sean Penson – Re: post 2 hours ago.

Okay, so you do not have a link, then, no proof. Okay, all you had to say is that you are blowing smoke and have no proof.
commented 2015-11-05 00:05:15 -0500
With 68% turnout the voters spoke out loud and clear in the election. The Conservatives did well — 32% of all voters — despite vicious attacks and a poorly run campaign. The NDP lost a lot of support toward the end because people switched to the Liberals so that Harper would be defeated. The Liberals did alright — 39% — but by no means acheived a majority of the popular vote.
Such is our democracy that the Liberals got a majority of seats, the wishes of the vast majority for a change of government was honoured, and four parties had a respectable showing.
commented 2015-11-05 00:02:57 -0500
Richard: Stay away than! Calling someone a CINO is saying the only blue Tories are the only real nonservatives. I have no idea how far to the right you are, but Harper will always be the most right leaning PM since RB Bennett of 1930-35! He was way too right for most Canadians, which was s why he never surpassed the 40% vote threshold! If he ever moderated, it was because of time
commented 2015-11-04 23:47:09 -0500
Meh, “red tories” are basically big government “liberals”, “CINOs” as one might say. You will NEVER have me voting for “red tories”, lots of people didn’t vote in the last election because Harper was looking a little too red.
commented 2015-11-04 23:42:59 -0500
I do apologize for my crudeness Jay. I know its not an excuse but he pushed all the buttons. Rarely happens though. Sometime you simply must call a spade a spade. Jesus said to be forgiving not a doormat.
commented 2015-11-04 23:33:12 -0500
Hyacinth, please watch your language. People have complimented you before on your civility, please do not disappoint them.
commented 2015-11-04 23:25:23 -0500
Glad to see that Bill Blair was snubbed for cabinet. I was pretty worried about the freemason getting in on Public Safety minister. Holy Christ, we dodged a bullet there, hopefully Trudeau does not like him at all.
commented 2015-11-04 22:35:24 -0500
Sean Penson commented
Hyacinth: Ever since 1993, I’ve had to put up with bitter people like you.

You are a liar and full of it Sean. How dare you call me bitter. You are an opinionated asshole of the ninth degree. Anyone who knows me knows I am not bitter that Harper lost, just saddened. Never speak to me again because I ignore lying assholes.
commented 2015-11-04 22:22:33 -0500
Hyacinth: Ever since 1993, I’ve had to put up with bitter people like you. Your rightist ilk killed the Progressive Conservative Party under Brian Mulroney and Kim Campbell by founding the Reform Party under Preston Manning and Steve Harper. Red Tories can salvage the Canadian right, not the far right such as you. Harper could never get the vote over 40%, the only way he could win was by making fools of Liberal Party leaders and hoping that the NDP would do well enough to divide the opposition. Guess what! The opposition is firmly united behind Justin Trudeau, and as long as we have righties such as you in the CPC, there is a snowball’s chance in hell that we will ever back into office.
commented 2015-11-04 22:00:02 -0500
Speak only for yourself Sean. You are full of it and you know it. Go try to convince someone else that you are conservative because you are so see-through it is rather distasteful. Go peddle your lies elsewhere, are you Jimmy’s relative or best friend?
commented 2015-11-04 21:54:25 -0500
Hyacinth: The CPC family is diverse enough to allow for self criticism! We must first access what went wrong with the Harper government, concede defeat, and wish Justn well. Seething with anger and contempt does no one well. Trudeau deserves to gloat, especially because the way Harper treated him!
commented 2015-11-04 21:22:35 -0500
Peter Netterville commented
Sean Penson, please provide a link to a reputable news article in Europe that proves Harper was a “laughing stock in Europe”, because your opinion is meaningless shit unless you provide the proof.

Peter, Sean is claiming he is a conservative, (his words -Your wish will probably be granted! CPC will move further to the right, alienating moderates such as I.) I highly doubt he is even a very red conservative from what he posts.
The only people that claim Harper is a “laughing stock in Europe” are the NDP, Green, and the greatest liars of all the Liberals.
commented 2015-11-04 21:18:59 -0500
Peter Netterville: Talk to the average European and how pissed they are with the image of Canada under Harper. Before him, Canada was perceived as a kind and caring, warm and sharing country; we were devoted to peace keeping and internationism within the UN. We were friends with Israel, not their todies. We respected countries that differed from us, and were rewarded by having a seat on the UN’s Security Council. We didn’t attempt to pick fights with Islam, Iran or Vladimir Putin. We were members of NATO, not just an umbrella of Republican Tea Party foreign policy. Our travellers in Europe were proud to show off their Canadian passports and the maple leaf before Harper; under him they were ashamed!

Everyone in Europe also remember how free-spirited Piere and Margaret were; not middle class boars such as the Harpers!
commented 2015-11-04 20:59:56 -0500
I love the way Lefties rewrite history to justify their current idiotic socialist beliefs.
commented 2015-11-04 20:56:51 -0500
Sean Penson, please provide a link to a reputable news article in Europe that proves Harper was a “laughing stock in Europe”, because your opinion is meaningless shit unless you provide the proof.
commented 2015-11-04 20:51:11 -0500
Andrew Stephenson asked me in response to my statement, "“The NDP have made if far worse that it has ever been before” " … … “Really? I doubt that. Because my family fled Alberta in the 80s specifically because things were so bad then. How long have you lived in Alberta?”

I am a third generation Albertan. All my life. And the 80s you are referring to I am intimately aware of. The recession of the early 80’s under Peter Lougheed was due to the National Energy Program implemented by the Liberal hero, Pierre Idiot Trudeau who raped Alberta of over $100 Billion, and in the early 80s that was a LOT of money.

If your family fled because of that recession and you believe that was because of Lougheed’s and the PC’s policies, then either you are stupid or woefully misinformed. That recession was because of PET’s NEP program, so blame him, not the PCs.
commented 2015-11-04 20:46:42 -0500
Drew: Harper was a laughing stock in Europe! He is way too pro State of Israel and he has this thing against Iran and Vladimir Putin
commented 2015-11-04 20:44:13 -0500
Drew Wakariuk: Prove it! If he adopts his father’s attitude and policies, perhaps! But the urban voters of today are different than what they were 30+ years ago. Vancouver proper (6 ridings) and Winnipeg (7 ridings) will never go to the CPC if that party moves more to the right!
commented 2015-11-04 20:42:08 -0500
Kelly Zak in his arrogant leftie way said to me, "The NDP inherited a bad economy, if you don’t understand that then you don’t understand politics. "

Of course they did, Kelly, I said this many times. Do you have a reading comprehension issue? But I also said … and pay attention now … the NDP have made it far worse that it has ever been before because of their policies. And if you cannot understand that, then it is you who does not understand economic and politics and how those two interact. Stop apologizing for those NDP nitwits, Kelly. Just stop it!
commented 2015-11-04 20:34:00 -0500
When Sean says national unity will be calmed he means the east will be appeased at the cost of the west.
commented 2015-11-04 20:33:05 -0500
Sean we have more credibility with Harper than we had with the left and legitimate concerns are not bigotry. YOu are pretty lost.