I watched Harper being given the Govenor General's salute on Canada Day and shook my head. In fact, I'd seen a story the day before that suggested he had pushed the GG aside, so to speak, in order to be the one to receive this honour.
I was incredulous then and still am I guess, but now , people seem to be talking about this.
It's really a remarkable turn of events that few in the main stream seem willing to remark on. Like many things this PM has done, there has been a failure to expose the erosion of tradition...something that he has exemplified.
When Don Newman stepped down from his show, someone paying tribute to him, Joe Clark maybe?, said that what held Newman apart was his respect for the institutions that make this country what it is. He said, respect for those institutions was critical in terms of reporting.
I would agree and suggest that that element is sorely lacking. Cynicism seems to rule the day and what's often written for our daily consumption is nothing more than, 'well...they all do it...'
No. They don't. I watched the funeral for Romeo LeBlanc today and heard of a man who truly did it differently. He served this country for all the right reasons.
Harper was there and I know I should say something nice about that, but I can't. I watched him and wondered how he could feel comfortable. He who boycotted LeBlanc's investiture and called him a hack and Chretien croney. He who is the absolute and complete antithesis of what LeBlanc stood for, sat there feeling what exactly?
I saw him take communion and thought that odd, since he's not a Roman Catholic, but upon reflection, it fits doesn't it? He has no respect for institutions and considers himself to be entitled to anything he wants.
I know the 'right' chuckles when this kind of thing is brought up, but when you consider the psychology of the man, there really is a frightening profile to consider and it's no laughing matter.
Hubris is an incredible word. I'm just not sure it's encompassing enough to describe the man who leads this country.