Think what you will about Dr. Kellie Leitch, the Conservative MP from rural Ontario who is running for Stephen Harper’s old job. At least she is not afraid to be different.
A pediatric orthopedic surgeon from Western University in London, Ont., Leitch was parachuted into Simcoe-Grey constituency in 2011 after Harper threw the previous MP, Helena Guergis, under the bus for causing him public embarrassment. Two years later, Leitch was promoted to the cabinet as Minister of Labour and the Status of Women.
Distance lends enchantment in matters of the heart, or so they say, while in matters political, distance is said to lend perspective.
Ambassadors and other foreign service emissaries are valued for their ability to provide their government at home with an informed, detached perspective of the policies, problems and personalities of the country where they are posted.
For better or worse, Atlantic Canada has put all of its political eggs in one basket – the Liberal basket.
All four provinces have Liberal governments, and last October the region gave all 32 of its Commons seat to Justin Trudeau and his federal Liberals. After years of feeling ignored by the Harper Conservatives, the region’s ardent embrace of the Liberals is understandable.
At the risk of being summarily expelled from the Venerable Order of Pundits, Skeptics and Other Assorted Naysayers, I would like to venture a positive thought about a government initiative.
The government in question is the one in Ottawa headed by the shirtless one, Justin Trudeau. The initiative is the new procedure for selecting judges for the Supreme Court of Canada that was announced last week.