On the Eve of the Canadian Federal Election

The views of John Ibbitson in The Globe and Mail, October 17:

“…One vital qualification for governing a complex, federal, G-7 nation is experience in governing that nation. Mr. Harper came to power in 2006 with a caucus essentially devoid of that experience, although he was able to draw on the talents of former Ontario cabinet ministers Jim Flaherty, Tony Clement and John Baird, who formed the backbone of his first cabinet.

“Mr. Trudeau, in contrast, would have a clutch of former cabinet ministers from the Chrétien and Martin eras to draw on, including former finance minister Ralph Goodale, former Liberal leader Stéphane Dion and former ministers Scott Brison, John McCallum, Geoff Regan and Judy Sgro. Several others served as ministers of state or parliamentary secretaries, such as Carolyn Bennett, Mauril Bélanger and Hedy Fry….”

In his review of Ibbitson’s biography of Stephen Harper, Bob Rae wrote in The Globe and Mail two months earlier, on August 14:

“…The ‘Harper revolution’ is permanent and can never be undone. For all his flaws, we are told, his successes and achievements justify the ruthless means. Ibbitson is a fan of the core of the Harper agenda and so attempts to put the most positive gloss on its shortcomings. He is a sophisticated and intelligent cheerleader….”


3 responses to “On the Eve of the Canadian Federal Election

  1. Michael Gundy

    Stephen Harper had the weakest “front bench” of any prime minister I can recall. He may use this excuse when he justifies why he should remain as the party leader, despite the predicted Liberal minority. Time will tell.

  2. Mike Holliday

    If experience in administration becomes a prime motivator for voters, changing a government in a democracy will be nigh on impossible. That will only accelerate corruption and entrench incompetence.
    It would be better if voters concentrated on the contending parties ideals and ideas and then cross their fingers that they have not been conned.

  3. Ibbotson drank too much of the Harris Kool-aid when he was posted to Queen’s Park in the 1990s and has never really recovered.