Friday, July 23, 2010
Chretien: "the leader is always the best man for the job"
Among the many "pearls of wisdom" that have been bestowed upon us by former Prime Minister Jean Chretien over the years, "the leader is always the best man for the job" has to now rank among my all-time favourites. When a reporter prodded him on why he was endorsing Ignatieff, JC responded "because he's the leader" which felt like a thinly veiled jab at Paul Martin. It is no secret that JC thinks that Bob Rae would be a better leader, but in the spirit of the old wounds that have yet to heal from the Paul Martin uprising in JC's days; and being the leader is what qualifies the current puppet show to do the job? Granted the reporter did not ask the obvious follow up question: is a candidate who has never won a leadership convention a qualified choice to be leader of the party?