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?