Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Wow was I wrong

Three 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.


At 2:20 PM, Blogger Martin said...

This guy will be hard to get rid of on his own merits. I think only if his party starts to undercut him wil he show any cracks. I was extremely impressed with his ability to stay cool in the election. He has learned a lot and is clearly a bright guy. You have no idea how hard it is for me to see this since I disagree with so many of his policies and am getting prepared his second term.

The Liberals were pigs at the trough and simply had to go. Let the new pigs feed. I feel sorry for the troops but they will have to wait to be rescued.

At 7:56 PM, Blogger Alan Adamson said...

I agree totally - that his current party is his major problem. Given his origins, he is amazing me.


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