Friday, March 17, 2006

Go directly to hell. Do not pass GO. Do not collect $200.

Babble on.

Yet another reason to despise Pierre Elliott Goddamned Trudeau:

Typically, when I once asked Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau how he rated national defence among his priorities, he shrugged: "Oh, about 14th, just behind pig subsidies."


To steal a phrase from Kate: Pierre Trudeau - not dead enough.

Babble off.

17 Comments:

At 10:31 AM, Blogger Roy Eappen said...

I have always thought Trudeau was an arrogant meglomaniac , who managed to fool a great deal of people. he is respomsible for the separatist movement. His ill advised repatriation of the constitution leaving out Quebec, has generated the BLOQ!. his view on the US, Cuba, ,the Army and a list of other things was wrong. He was also a very poor fiscal manager. Why people think this rich sycophant was a good PM is beyond me. It probably has to do with Celeb culture. I for one rue the day he was ever elected.

 
At 1:18 PM, Blogger Mark said...

Exactly, Roy, he was a liberal's liberal.

 
At 2:30 PM, Blogger jdave34 said...

FYI:

The Bloq is Mulroney's fault. Mulroney was the one who decided to let the separatists join his party, just so he could beat the Liberals. Once the tories were in power and the separatists realized that Mulroney had no further use for them, they formed their own party.

Thanks Brian!!!

And FYI, Trudeau's the greatest PM this country's had in at least the past 50 years, and you know that in an election, he would beat any Conservative's ass up one coast and down the other. And the more you try to demonize him, the more beloved he becomes.

 
At 3:28 PM, Blogger Chris Taylor said...

If you like a devalued Canadian dollar, Trudeau was a great Prime Minister.

If you like inflation and less purchasing power, Trudeau was a great Prime Minister.

If you like unemployment, Trudeau was a great Prime Minister.

If you like the federal government meddling in areas of provincial jurisdiction, then Trudeau was a great Prime Minister.

If you like re-engineering the Constitution of our nation without obtaining the approval of a province with a significant founding minority, then Trudeau was a great Prime Minister.

If you like Western democratic leaders kowtowing to unelected autocrats in totalitarian states, Trudeau was a great Prime Minister.

If you think robust military forces, like HMCS Bonaventure, were a giant waste of resources and national will, then Trudeau was a great Prime Minister.

The list could go on for ages, really.

 
At 3:44 PM, Blogger GenX at 40 said...

Knowing two who served on the Bonny I would take their word which was often given that it was a collossal waste of time. I don't think Trudeau can be blamed for western inflation and economic downturn anymore than Chretien can be praised for the economic boom of the 1990s. And taking the word of Kate, the former Suzuki-ite waiting for the next bandwagon of doomsdayery to catch up with) on anything...well, of dear. All fun for a Friday but surely not to be taken seriously.

 
At 4:07 PM, Blogger Babbling Brooks said...

Whoa - before we get too far from the original point: Trudeau's contempt for our nation's armed forces was a complete disgrace. Anyone who chooses to defend him on this particular issue is an ass.

 
At 5:03 PM, Blogger PR said...

There's always going to be people who are opposed on ideological (and thus mindless) grounds to everything related to the military. But that doesn't necessarily translate into contempt for the troops. Trudeau was too good a man and Christian to experience that.

 
At 5:03 PM, Blogger GenX at 40 said...

Quite right but the Bonny was not good use of resources and a list of bad things being scotch taped to the man does not qualify as good commentary even if it is entertaining.

 
At 5:05 PM, Blogger GenX at 40 said...

My quite right was for BB and lobbed at the most excellent but in this instance overly broad Mr. Taylor. I think PR has an interesting point, too. All much more interesting than your source of paraphrasing in your attraction of multi-dimensionality.

 
At 7:15 PM, Blogger jacobin said...

If you like inflation and less purchasing power, Mulroney was a great Prime Minister.

If you like unemployment, Mulroney was a great Prime Minister.

If you like NAFTA and giving away canada's natural ressources, Mulroney was a great Prime Minister.

If you like the total destruction of the conservative party, Mulroney was a great Prime Minister.

If you like canadian idol a total rip off of american idol, Ben Mulroney is a total ass, then Mulroney was a great Prime Minister

i just had to add that last one :)

 
At 11:27 PM, Blogger BC-Bear said...

Having lived through that terrible era of Canadian History, watched the mindless masses praise T as the new messiah, and finally watched his followers give him a royal funeral, I am reminded that for a Marxist, anarchist, draft dodger, he was extremely clever in realizing that the way to change Canada in his image, was to slink into the Liberal Party and masterfully manage to take it over and it's leadership. I guess Canadians wanted their own 'Kennedy Clan' and fell for it. The expense and devisiveness, not to mention the inequality of implementation, of his Metrification and Bilingualism will never be tallied. But then, I'm considered not Politically Correct, which is fine by me, and I revel in it. Canadians began to lose their independence and solvency, when he became PM. And we have continued to increase the national debt ever since.

 
At 8:25 AM, Blogger GenX at 40 said...

Metric! That's it. We're all in the crapper because of the divisions caused by the metric system. Good Lord.

 
At 1:40 PM, Blogger MarkC said...

Is there any evidence for or against the proposition that Trudeau's attitude towards the military had to do with his war record?

 
At 9:22 PM, Blogger ETL said...

During the last eight years of his career, the military certainly do not hold Mr Trudeau in high esteem.

 
At 10:58 PM, Blogger lance said...

One thing about the Macleans article:

"That attitude was not new. Back in the 1930s, when our cavalry regiments began switching from horses to tanks, they were so short of funds they had to simulate the new vehicles by using burlap-covered frames mounted on motorcycles, which were later switched to Chevrolets clad in sheet metal, painted khaki."

That wasn't uncommon at that time. The Germans did the same thing in the thirties. They perfected the Blitzkrieg.

Cheers,
lance

 
At 3:07 AM, Blogger PR said...

Not to be a link whore, but: Here is a good reason to tip your hat to the memory of Trudeau.

 
At 4:32 PM, Blogger Tim said...

"To steal a phrase from Kate: Pierre Trudeau - not dead enough."

This, my good man, must surely be your nadir. At least I hope so.

 

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