Michael Den Tandt: How Jean Chrétien is still getting it wrong

Jean Chrétien can still choke out an opponent, figuratively speaking. In a newspaper article Saturday and again Sunday at a Hamilton rally with Justin Trudeau, the former prime minister pilloried Stephen Harper for besmirching Canada’s standing in the world and for bungling the Syrian refugee crisis. Chretien’s speech, though rambling and apparently delivered off the cuff, was passionate and peppered with jokes and digs. By the end he had the partisan crowd eating out of his hand. It was vintage Chretien.

If only so much of what he said wasn’t ginned-up malarkey.


An Oldie But A Goodie sent in by DR – Dictator was lobbied by Chrétien

In the fall, former prime minister Jean Chrétien slipped into Ashkhabad, capital of one of the world’s most repressive and authoritarian regimes, for a meeting with Turkmenistan’s president for life, Saparmurat Niyazov.

Mr. Chrétien met for close to an hour with the onetime Communist strongman who prefers to be known as Turkmenbashi the Great, leader of a personality cult so extensive that statues of his likeness dot the capital and the months of the year have been renamed in honour of him and his family.

  • Waffle

    How quickly we forget. Monsieur Chretien LOVES dictators. Remember when he had the RCMP pepper spray protesting students in Vancouver (1997) so they wouldn’t embarrass his buddy Suharto at the AIPAC conference? .


    • He is such a liar.

      • Alain

        Well, he IS a Liberal.

      • ntt1

        it was said chretien spoke out of both sides of his mouth badly, in both french and english. why don’t the libs have him bronzed and preserved as a national artefact?

        • Alain

          His French, if one could call it French, was an embarrassment at the least. I used to say he was the only PM without a language, be it French or English.

    • He refused to get justice for Zahra Kazemi.

      • Waffle

        Very true, but in the strange world we find ourselves living in, some people just lapped up his wise-cracking sense of humour.

  • Cheryl

    We are going to listen to the idiot who let the terrorist Khadr family into Canada right! If people listen to Trudeau or Mulcair Canada is screwed.

    • mauser 98

      rubberhead sprung Khadr Sr. from Pakistan jail. he went on to wage Jihad
      Pakistan President B.Bhutto warned him not to

    • Exactly.

  • But… but… Harper embarrasses Canada!

  • Maurixio Garciasanchez

    He saved the country from a break up , if Harper was leader back then ,Canada wouldn’t exist anymore .

    • ntt1

      go back to your berlitz translator, its not working again it makes you sound like a complete idiot.

      • Maurixio Garciasanchez

        Don’t worry mental retarded just close your eyes , and smoke your drugs , piece of cap.

        • Clausewitz

          Pedro you really have to learn how to insult better, the oldies are really getting stale.

    • Clink9

      That’s a keeper Mo.

      I’m framing it to show the kids and eventually grand kids.

    • pike bishop

      Well aint we the lucky ones.

    • Gary

      You sound like a Cuban that loves Trudeau because he loved Cuba even when your people jailed gays with AIDS and had Ernesto Guevara say the he admired Whites as productive and inventive while Blacks were lazy Nigg**s and burdens on society.

      No wonder the Liberal Public Union members vacation in Cuba as closet homophobe and racists that pretend to fight for Human Rights when they hit our streets in Protest marches.
      Even the pro-Communism Obama embraces Cuba and seems like he agrees with Che Guevara because he bought that last Election from the Blacks with free phones and a raise on Welfare plus more food stamps.

      • Maurixio Garciasanchez

        I’m nationalist I belong to this country , whatever you think is nothing important to me , what is important to me is the unity and I want see that way forever , people like you born with mental problems and there is no cure for it .

        • ntt1

          stop buying cheap translation dictionaries

        • Clausewitz

          You may live in this country, but you will never “Belong” to this country.

          • Maurixio Garciasanchez

            Sure for drug addicts I will never belong to them and I never will .

  • Gary

    Chreirn DOES know that Justin is now over 40 years old…right????
    He’s not a teenager even though he acts like one .