I've written about this before, but it might be well to reiterate a couple of points.
A Prime Minister in a functioning parliamentary democracy is a very special person. This person is so odd that one has to go to mythical beastiaries
to come close to an adequate description. Think large two headed reptile with heavily armored scales for skin, giant talons on all four muscular
limbs, wings, a slashing barbed tail, poisonous saliva and x-ray vision.
This being is a carnivore with sadistic tendancies.
Such beings rarely rise to the top in a republic with presidential politics. George W. Bush is a perfect example of the kind of thing that can happen
in republics. The powers that be put someone into the Oval Office who can simply be given a box of Lego blocks to play with for four years while they
then run amuck with the country.
The mark of a good Prime Minister is that he first tries to cripple, castrate or reduce the power of his own party by whatever means he can, because
he knows his greatest threat is the stilletto in the back. He then attempts to dodge Parliament, particularly the gauntlet of question period, as much
as possible because he knows his second greatest threat is the stilletto from the front.
A Canadian Prime Minister's greatest challenge is to alter his guise like a chameleon in order to seem like a bumbling, inoffensive yes man, while
endeavouring to insert one of his talons into the wallet pocket of the US President.
This can cause confusion among the population at home, who are often fooled by the PM's own subterfuges and then subject him to all sorts of catcalls,
attacks on his "character"
, and threats to his majority in any upcoming by-election. Only the last is of real concern to him since personal
criticisms wrongly presuppose in the PM an interest in the opinions of others.
The ideal PM is an ardent nationalist, but not effusive, in keeping with the traditional national style. He loves all things Canadian as a crocodile
loves all things crocodillian. He guards Canada with all his guile.
Does this remind you of anyone? Vote for that person.
edit on 26-4-2011 by ipsedixit because: (no reason given)