Arrogant Profane and Vain: Unguarded Confessions of a Prime Minister,


Okay folks my self imposed sabbatical has come to an end. I have worked out the problems and cleaned out my brain, and it took less than a month.

There hasn’t been a lot of really note worth Canadian politics to comment on except for the Brian Mulroney expose by Peter C Newman and the Quebec conservative revolt against Harper.

As we have yet to see what damage the Quebec MP’s will have on Harper I will leave that to a later date.

As for the Newman book, personally I can’t get too upset with Newman, he may have betrayed a confidence but he still only printed what Brian Mulroney said. If Mulroney is concerned with the content of Newman’s book he should have been a lot more careful in his comments. Newman has been trying to expose the true face of the Canadian elite for years. I think Mulroney would have benefited from reading Newman’s Canadian Establishment before he engaged him in conversation.

As I said, personally the brief segments I have read in Newman’s The Secret Mulroney Tapes: Unguarded Confessions of a Prime Minister, really don’t surprise me because, arrogance and vanity are hard to hide.

Here are some choice Mulroneyisms from Newman’s book;

Mulroney describes Ottawa as a “sick” city that runs on “goddamned incest”: “They’re all married to one another. They’re shacked up with one another. Their wives are on the payroll of the CBC. It’s just awful.” Lucien Bouchard,, he calls “bitter and profane” and “extraordinarily vain.” Clyde Wells, Mulroney describes as an “unprincipled son of a bitch.” The Ottawa press corps he calls “a phony bunch of bastards” who don’t give him credit even when the world applauds him for being “one of the three men who played the most important role in the collapse of the Berlin Wall.”

Sorry I paraphrased most of that from the publishers notes. But as you can see profane and vain are good descriptors of Mulroney, and this is simply from his own words.

The world may have applauded his role in the fall of the Berlin wall, but the applause lasted but minutes compared to the applause for Ronald Regan (who arguably benefited from being in the right place at the right time, but that is another story) In truth, world history will mark Mr Mulroney as a side note, nothing compared to MacDonald, Diefenbaker Pearson and Trudeau.

I think Mulroney needs to thank Newman for even taking the time to highlight his prime ministerial existence.

As Newman was one time editor of the Toronto Star, and MacLean’s which are both slightly left of centre publications, what did Mulroney expect, a political endorsement of his lack luster parliament?

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3 thoughts on “Arrogant Profane and Vain: Unguarded Confessions of a Prime Minister,

  1. I think I was a bit unfair to the Mulroney Parliament here are two things that people might remember it for.

    1. The Meech Lake Accord (which really helped Quebec seperatism and required the Charlottetown accord to fix)

    2. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) (which seems not to include Softwood lumber or Alberta Beef)

  2. Not really relevant to the post, but just wanted to say congratulations on clearing out the dust so quickly. Good to see you posting again.

  3. Thanks Jack, but it wasn’t actually dust but poisonous flotsum much like the streets of N’Orleans.

    Some days I think it would be nice to be Jewish, you have more days of reflection. Something lacking in most other faiths.

    Mayber that is why a large number of prominent psychologist were/are Jewish, the faith leads to a degree of introspection. (Sorry if that seems to be plying a stereotype, it was meant as a compliment though)

    That said, you might want to read the book I was commenting on. I was going to say that Bush and Mulroney have some similarities. That said, Mulroney has never apologized as far as I remember. (-:

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