The Policies Of My Way


Unlike the United States, with its generalissimo politics-Washington,
Jackson, Grant, Eisehower- the martial arts have been conspicuously absent
from Canadian politics. But there in one exception: in 1968 Pierre Elliot
Trudeau became the first Canadian leader to bring the gunslinger-Lone
Ranger ethos to Canadian politics.
Trudeau introduced to Canada the refined art of single combat; it was
the politics of "Doing It My Way"-the politics of going my way or being
left behind. Single-combat confrontation implied much mor than the loner
or renegade in power, and far far less than the shaman black tricks of
Mackenzie King. Trudeau was always far more the solo Philosopher King
engaged ...

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more samurai than shaman. Even in
his pre-leadership days, Trudeau's love of trial by combat was predominant.
Mackenzie King would have never touched the unholy trinity of divorce,
abortion and homosexuality: each one of these issues is a sleeping dog best
left to lie; each could only infuriate conservative Canada from coast to
coast. Since King dared not touch them seriatim he certainly would not
have touched them together-in an omnibus bill.
This, Trudeau did joyously. The myths-makers have it at this was
Trudeau's first deliberated joust, the kingship being the final prize. But
Trudeau had no leadership aspirations at the time; all that he had, still
has, was the love of combat for the sake of combat and religious scruples
be damned. Trudeau the Catholic zealot tackle divorce, abortion and
homosexuality active Prime Minister in this country's history, liberated
the homosexual practitioners of black acts totally abhorrent to him;
ironically, in the process, Trudeau ...

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and advice that
daily poured in to the chief were a populist input that Diefenbaker
slavishly adhered to. Trudeau was no Diefenbaker; he was neither a
populist nor a renegade. Trudeau was simply a man who brilliantly
massaged and manipulated others so that his single will appeared to be the
will of many, so that his will be always done.
The theme of my-way politics sheds much light on the vrai Trudeau,
the Trudeau that is, rather than the Trudeau people think there is.
Trudeau has never been the privacy-demanding recluse, the reluctant leader
that herdsmen of Canadian journalism insist he is.
In secular life Trudeau is no trinitarian; he has chosen his oneness
because, from ...

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