Trudeau as Paper Boy
Proof Our Politicians Are Not Canadians
Their "Sorry" is merely ceremonial and refers only to someone else's past deeds.
Walking out of the supermarket a couple of weeks ago I found myself briefly in the way of a woman coming in with a large cart. "I'm sorry," I said. And then I said, "What am I sorry about?" For half a second, the woman looked perplexed, and then she said, "You're Canadian." And we both laughed.
As I wrote, back in May 2018, sorry has no meaning unless backed up with actual contrition and visible remedial effort, and we're not likely ever to get that from a politician. To be "politic" is to mince words, and boy do our politicians know how to mince.
Right now, with an election coming on, Trudeau is mincing around the media:
PostMillennial: Trudeau’s media bailout will accomplish nothing other than wasting your money
On a grander scale, Trudeau himself is that kid.
"I've made mistakes", he says. Spit-Spot: Clean Slate
The CBC article that quotes him also contains a subheading: "A short history of leaders saying 'sorry'"
Except that not a single one of them, including Justin Trudeau, actually expressed contrition.
Harper said, "I'm not perfect." As if we didn't already know that.
Paul Martin: "I'm mad as hell." His way of saying he had nothing to do with the sponsorship scandal.
Jean Chretien didn't have to say anything because Martin, sort of, said it for him: "I don't think" Chretien was involved in the sponsorship scandal.
Then Chretien, faced with the GST debacle said:
"If I and others left the impression with anyone that we will be able to do away with the tax without a replacement, I want to tell them that I am sorry," ...
The key word being "If" and, of course he includes others who may or may not have been more at fault then he, and then he says: "I want to tell them", knowing that wanting to do something and actually doing something are two different things.
More about Chretien's non-mistakes here.
Even a criminal who says "I may have done it" will probably go to jail, but Trudeau pats himself on the head for saying "I made mistakes", and invites one of his biggest mistakes, his school chum, Gerry Butts, back into the parlour:
CBC: Butts returns - and Trudeau's putting the band back together for October
Politics is basically the art of dissembling. The parties assemble to dissemble. I'm reminded of a quote attributed to Galen Weston's grandfather, George Weston:
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