Saturday, May 03, 2008
The Common Touch
You have to applaud the Prime Minister for showing up in New Brunswick. It's a symbolic gesture, but our national leader's presence sends the message that the rest of Canada understands the gravity, an expression of support.
Okay, now that I have that out of the way, a closer inspection of the actual visit reveals much about our Prime Minister. Rarely, do we see Harper mingle with the masses, his only public appearances are usually partisan filled rooms, structured and scripted. Yesterday, I was able to watch a few minutes of Harper touring the damage, speaking with residents. It only takes a few seconds to see the Harper achilles heel- the man simply lacks the common touch.
Wooden, robotic, a general unease, as Harper greeted residents. A sense that Harper was "trying", a sense that he wasn't really comfortable in that setting. It really is amazing, we have a Prime Minister that lacks the capacity to engage with the population, clearly not a "people" person. Watching those few moments, is it any wonder why Harper hasn't cultivated any affection with the Canadian population? No wonder everything is so carefully orchestrated, when you see the man wade in, you realize there really isn't much to work with.
Posted by Steve V at 9:22 AM