What Was Old Is New Again
by Jeremy Baillie
anadian Politics, so boring for so long it seems, is becoming interesting again. It is no wonder, Jean Chretien has had any easy time of it. What challenge have Preston Manning (leader of the Reform Party), Elsie Wayne (interim leader of the Progressive Conservatives), Gilles Duceppe (leader of the Bloc Quebecois) and Alexa McDonough (leader of the NDP) really been for Chretien? Oh sure, Chretien has lost a few ministers to resignation along the way, the most recent being Solicitor General Andy Scott, but that has been more each minister shooting themselves in the foot rather than any threat posed by any of the opposition parties.
Interestingly enough, Joe Clark is returning at a time when Jean Chretien is looking more and more out of touch with everyday Canadians as the APEC scandal has demonstrated. Instead, of confronting matters head on, Jean Chretien has made one careless and inconsiderate "pepper" joke after another. Yes, Chretien will safely lead his party into the new millenium, but what then? He has said in the past that he will not seek a third-term has Canada's Prime Minister. So what happens to the Liberal party when the leadership contenders start rending the party apart and who will be these leadership contenders?
The everyday Canadian figures Finance Minister Paul Martin is a shoe-in to replace Chretien when and if he steps down as leader of the Liberal party. However, what the everyday Canadian does not know is that the Liberal party has always had a tradition of rotating between French and English born leaders. Naturally, Jean Chretien is French,
Let's not forget the next election is still more than three years away and a lot could happen between now and then. Nor can we forget that Jean Charest, although down, is not dead politically yet. One wonders where he might be in three to four years time.
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