Tuesday, September 14, 2010
No More Schoolboys
What do these leaders have in common - Martin, Chretien, Campbell, Mulroney, Turner, Trudeau, Diefenbaker, St. Laurent, MacKenzie King, Bennett, Meighen, Borden, Laurier, Thompson, Abbott and Macdonald?
They were all lawyers. Admittedly a few of them were controversial and a few weren't great but most of them did pretty well for the country. The telling fact is that all the really great Canadian prime ministers save for Pearson were lawyers. That's not coincidence.
So my Liberal friends. When you're casting about for your next leader, forget about the university schoolboys. You've tried that twice. Find yourself a really good lawyer, someone who comes to the job trained to fight. In fact I've got just the one for you - Louise Arbour. If you can get her aboard, she'll be dandy.