One man’s wing nut is another man’s trustworthy leader


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Tom Mulcair is simultaneously cast as a wing nut and a trusted authority figure. Mulcair was roundly condemned over the weekend, largely on Twitter, for his conspiracy-laden assertion that the Supreme Court is unfairly dismissing the concerns of those who suggest former justices of the top court acted improperly during the Patriation Reference about three decades ago. Mulcair thinks the court should dig deeper for documents that shed light on the accusations raised in historian Frederic Bastien’s new book, La bataille de Londres. Emmett Macfarlane, writing on this site, suggests both Mulcair and the court overreacted to the accusations. Writing today in the National Post, Jonathan Kay labels the NDP leader as Canada’s conspiracy-theorist-in-chief. Kay, in more than a few words, laughs off Mulcair’s case against the court, dismissing his concern as something that matters only in Quebec.

But then you pick up this morning’s Toronto Star and give Chantal Hebert’s column a read. Hebert expresses doubt that Justin Trudeau’s rocketing popularity everywhere, including in Quebec, spells the end of Mulcair’s political career. In provincial polls, Mulcair scores well on leadership numbers, Hebert writes, and he was the only politician on Readers Digest‘s poll of Quebec’s 10 most trusted public figures. Trudeau, she points out, cracked the corresponding untrustworthy list. So, as far as Quebec is concerned, Mulcair’s doing just fine.

The NDP’s delicate dance between French and English Canadian interests and audiences and values has continued unabated since May 2, 2011. Earlier this year, the party’s proposed reforms to the Clarity Act sparked polarity. Over the weekend, it was Mulcair’s judgment of the Supreme Court that had pundits chirping. Mulcair’s dance continues.

What’s above the fold this morning?

The Globe and Mail leads with a devastating wildcat strike at an Alberta prison. The National Post fronts the changing nature of gender and sexual orientation in professional sports. The Toronto Star goes above the fold with apparent federal and provincial non-oversight of a Mississauga company’s production of diluted chemotherapy drugs. The Ottawa Citizen leads with potential changes to the way parliamentarians approve government spending. iPolitics fronts the government’s proposed reforms to its temporary foreign workers programCBC.ca leads with uncertainty about whether or not one of the accused Boston bombers ever met with a Toronto man in the Caucasus region. National Newswatch showcases a Tyee story featuring a poll that declared B.C. NDP Leader Adrian Dix the winner of the province’s all-party election debate.

Stories that will be (mostly) missed

1. Sex tourism. A 70-year-old Canadian man was detained in Cambodia and faces child prostitution charges. Police found Vigai Indra Komar with a 14-year-old girl in his hotel room. 2. War resister. Kimberly Rivera, a private in the U.S. Army who fled to Canada—and was deported—after serving a tour in Iraq, pleaded guilty to desertion at a court martial in the United States.
3. John Turner. Former Prime Minister John Turner is joining the parade of pro-Keystone XL politicians lobbying in Washington, D.C. Turner even hopes to meet with President Barack Obama. 4. International development. CIDA may have withheld hundreds of millions of dollars in dedicated foreign aid that simply went unspent by the time the last fiscal year came to an end.


One man’s wing nut is another man’s trustworthy leader

  1. Your first line summed it up nicely. Mulcair is proving to be a wing nut. His latest gambit may win him friends in Quebec but in the rest of Canada not so much. Coupled with his other silly positions he may well hang on to his Quebec seats but will certainly lose seats in the ROC.
    Other than inflaming Separatists in Quebec what is he trying to do. Does he expect that the court is going to overturn the Charter and the repatriation of the constitution? I doubt it. All provinces except Quebec supported repatriation. End of story.

  2. It’s really not that complicated: Mulcair will do well in Quebec as long as he doesn’t care how silly he sounds in the ROC.

    And Justin will do fine in the ROC as long as he doesn’t introduce a carbon tax.

    However, if Justin does introduce a carbon tax, then Quebec is a race between Mulcair and Justin and Harper will take the ROC.

    For now, Justin is undecided, of course. And before making up his mind, Justin has to think about what’s best for Justin.

    • The CPC will “poison” Justin’s visage in the RoC with his “Quebecers are better…” utterance coming out of his mouth… plus his assertion that “the best PMs come from Quebec”…. Justin will be political viande morte in the RoC by 2015 or sooner.

  3. Now it is starting to get interesting ! – the twitter verse seems to be dropping the ABC and any idea of a merger or cooperation or an arrangement between the Dippers and the LP of Trudeau .. now we have the real relationship between the 2 parties slowly but surely reveal itself to canada! Yes indeed Virginia we have the makings of the real struggle in the house for the next couple of years. Everyone already hates harper so you can rule out all except all the usual blame it on the eater of kittens instead now it’s Liberals vs Dippers – you can already start to see it on web forums everywhere where before it would 100 thumbs up to anything sounding remotely like it insulted harper and what do we see the last few days at the CBC or the TG&M or here – all of a sudden insults to Dippers that aint coming from us Tories and insults against Trudeau that sure aren’t Tory either – it is so very refreshing to realize that the so called progressives have finally startd to realize that for all those who hate Harper and want him gone there is only one solution = the contenders have to duke it out and then the winner has to take on Harper – no other option exists

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