Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Jean and Steve

Word on the street is that you can’t keep a good man down. It would appear that you can’t keep the arrogant jerks down either, and here comes a word from our former Prime Minister, Jean Chretien. Apparently old Jean made the news recently when right after a speech he had made before a bunch of bottom feeders (known as the Canadian Bar Association) he was really feeling his oats so he had a couple of his “boys” round up a couple of reporters for an impromptu scrum. He then proceeded to lay into our current Prime Minister, the right honourable Stephen Harper. Jean figures that PM Harper should have gone to the opening ceremonies of the Beijing 2008 summer Olympics.

Full disclosure: I have always given props to Jean for keeping the Canadian military out of Iraq during this latest unpleasantness. I imagine that the telephone conversation between Jean and president Bush II was awkward at best, but he stuck to his guns and good on him (Stephen on the other hand figured that Canada should have sent troops to Iraq. He doesn’t talk about that much any more). Unfortunately back then Jean was also leading trade missions to China. Jean and a bunch of provincial premiers would jet off to China for ten days or so of high stakes negotiations and in every photo I say from those trips that bunch always looked like a crew of used car salesmen on a bender in Vegas. Terrible. Actually, what was terrible, and embarrassing, was that human rights and Tibet were not on the menu. Those boys were there in search of the almighty buck and nothing else mattered. It seems that Jean’s attitude in that regard has not changed.

Jean says that Canada will pay a high price for PM Harpers no-show at the Olympics, especially when you consider China’s economic and demographic power, not to mention the mentality of it’s leaders. Oh, so leave those silly old morals and scruples at home. I hear ya, Jean. The thing is, Jean, not everybody likes to kiss Chinese butt. Now if that’s your hairy gig there, then that’s fine, Jean. PM Harper chose not to go, and I’m glad he didn’t.

Anyway… Humouroceros

PS: it turns out that when Jean was PM he didn’t attend any of the Olympics that were on during that time. Too bad none of them had been in China because then he could have gone to all of them.

Former Prime Minister Jean Chretien and his golf ball

Current Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his snowball


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