The prince

The Ottawa Citizen profiles Pierre Poilievre.

Baird’s influence on Poilievre is obvious, Martin says. Not only did they represent the same constituents, more or less, for 18 months — Baird as MPP and Poilievre as MP — Poilievre later served as parliamentary secretary to Baird when he was Treasury Board president. “He’s been groomed and mentored in the dark arts by the master: Mr. Baird. … I think he’s benefited from working so closely with such a competent senior minister,” Martin says. “The main concern now would be not letting himself get arrogant. He’s always been cocky but I think he’s also avoided arrogance. I hope he maintains that.”

Baird agrees that Poilievre has “grown as a Parliamentarian,” but chalks it up to the experience that come with working long hours. “He works like a dog. He will literally email me about issues that we should be pushing at 11:30 at night or on a weekend. I have huge respect for his work ethic,” Baird says.

In addition to being the “Minister of Nepean-Carleton,” Mr. Poilievre is also now apparently the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs—or at least is Mr. Poilievre who is being sent up to answer questions about Peter Penashue’s election campaign.

Mr. Poilievre is an interesting study in politics, specifically how to succeed in politics: both in his understanding of the practical aspects of politics and how he presents himself as a partisan in the House. Here is what I wrote about him three years ago after watching him talk to young Conservatives.




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  1. I read the whole article to see if after all the partisan jabs, swipes and evasion, this man has actually served the public in some way. Out of a long fawning article listing his many partisan connections — we get it that he has served his party, that seems to be the only qualification for membership in the Conservative cabinet — his single tangible accomplishment in six years as a minister seems to be a rule change about parental benefits for military personnel. That’s all well and good but it seems a poor trade-off for six years of partisan acrimony and bluster.

  2. I wouldn’t give him much credit for knocking off “Liberal heavyweight” David Pratt. Nepean-Carleton has always been a Conservative bastion. Pratt, who was almost as conservative as the PCs, managed to wrest it away from the Tories when the PCs and Reform were splitting the vote. Once they stopped doing that, it returned to being yellow dog territory.

  3. “He will literally email me about issues that we should be pushing at 11:30 at night or on a weekend. I have huge respect for his work ethic,” Baird says.”

    Well I don’t….that means he’s inefficient and slow.

  4. Any word on whether it was indeed Polievre who awarded his girlfriend Jenni Byrne with the Queens Medal, or did Baird or another crony do that for him?

  5. Actually he makes a lot of sense in terms of his practical advise on what it takes to succeed in politics – basically work hard, simplify communication and realize it isn’t all about you. So, why does he still come over as an exhibit A prize asshole?

    • Is that a rhetorical question?

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