Canada's populist moment is here
National Post: Kelly McParland: 'While Canada may have changed, it’s painfully obvious our political leadership is lagging woefully behind. None of the three major parties shows any indication of understanding what’s happening around them, much less adapting accordingly, fixated instead on whatever immediate gain they can squeeze from the commotion. Our prime minister is an increasingly grumpy and distant figure who prefers insulting and disparaging opponents while defining which views he deems “acceptable.” Conservatives spend more time hunting for leaders than searching for solutions and seem intent on plunging deep into the pool of eternal outrage.
'The biggest gains in September’s election went to Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party, whose natural constituency comprises just the sort of people who spent the past few weeks making life as miserable as possible for residents of Ottawa. You’d have to be pretty optimistic to think events of the past two years have reduced that voting pool.'