Glen Pearson notes the laughter that accompanied Jean Chretien’s return to Parliament Hill yesterday.
Outside of Chretien, it’s really hard to think of our last really funny PM. Oh sure, there was Pierre Trudeau, but his wit was so knife-sharp that it often left others with nothing to say. His understudy Chretien, however, told the kind of jokes I used to hear all through the years at the various firehalls I worked in. What was funny about him was that he was “funny” – that’s all. At times his humour was brilliant; at other times it could be slightly cruel; and then there were those occasions when it actually became a pragmatic and useful tool for creating ease and bringing out some kind of consensus.