MacDougall: Justin Trudeau and the death of ‘positive politics’

“Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?”

Johnny Rotten’s sneering kiss-off at the last-ever Sex Pistols show sounded the death knell of the punk movement. The hysteria surrounding his band of noxious yobs had oversold their shambolic performances, and Rotten knew the gig was up.

Justin Trudeau’s gig isn’t up until next year, but the plunge in his polling numbers suggests an electorate that feels cheated out of its movement. The “positive politics” promised by Trudeau are being spoiled by a rotten performance in office. The cannon shot that dropped Stephen Harper turned out to be a glitter bomb, one whose sparkle now lies spent on the floor, leaving an increasingly cynical government without cover.