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.