An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
I’M GETTING SO INCREDIBLY BORED with the soap opera in Ottawa. Day after day, the Conservatives do everything they can to keep this spent series on the air.
Day after day, Justin Trudeau is asked by reporters to say something about what the Conservatives are saying. And he ignores the question, whatever question it happens to be, and assures everyone that Canadians can be confident that their government is protecting the rule of law and the process.
Rule of law. Cover up. Moral authority. Trudeau and Andrew Scheer trade the same words back and forth at every opportunity.
Trudeau flashes that smirky grin. Scheer looks intense and indignant. It’s hard to tell who’s winning or losing.
It’s enough to make you beg for more stories on canola exports.
What happened to Justin Trudeau and sunny ways? What happened to the man who went into a subway station days after being elected prime minister of Canada and took selfies with commuters? The grin was genuine, then.
He said he’d do politics differently. Right now, he’s doing politics just like everybody else, trying not to say the wrong thing or saying nothing at all. It’s the politics of survival and it doesn’t look good on him.
The old Justin is in hiding. Give us back the guy who stood up to those nasty protesters at a town hall in the TRU gymnasium and showed us what political grace under pressure is all about.
Another day, another Liberal-dominated committee refuses to let Jody Wilson-Raybould speak. Just give her the word, Justin. Stop playing the opposition’s game and set her free.
It’s all so incredibly, depressingly dull that I’m tempted to change the channel. Maybe there’s a better plotline on Another World.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.