Wow was I wrongThree or four years ago I was eager for Paul Martin to become our Prime Minister. He had impressed me greatly in his years as Finance Minister. And his team talked of ideas and vision.
Well, it did not work out. As Prime Minister, he inspired 'The Economist' to call him 'Mr. Dithers'. And partly as a result, a young unknown politician named Stephen Harper, who has taken on successive unpromising roles is now our Prime Minister.
In only a few weeks he has taken steps that show he will never be christened 'Mr. Dithers'. Listening to the waffling about our role in Afghanistan, he quietly visited the troops and committed that we would not 'cut and run'. He has held firm on the priorities he campaigned on. Watching clips today from the Question Period session after he introduced his Accountability bill (trying to prevent the sucking up of public funds and corruption characteristic of the recent Liberal years), he was very impressive.
This has raised the bar for the Liberal leadership competition, and it is welcome. They have a good number of great candidates today. I have every hope the next ten to twenty years of our political lives will be a vast improvement over what we now leave behind.