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June 16, 2018 at 11:16 AM #753502
In the past there was a craze about searching for Waldo. Waldo was a cartoon character in a landscape of other faces, background objects, etc.
We all seem to be searching for a Waldo who is supposed to lead us and fix the world. I can name at least two cartoon characters who got elected but I don’t think either of them is as talented as Waldo.
Here’s a quickie quiz. You get 20 seconds to name 10 people who are or were heroes. Truly inspiring people. People that you want to emulate. People that you would be proud to call a son or daughter.
If your list includes even one so-called businessman, then your invite to tea at my kitchen table is herein revoked.
Start the quiz now.
ChazJune 16, 2018 at 11:24 AM #753512June 16, 2018 at 10:21 PM #753542June 16, 2018 at 10:21 PM #753531
Well, Chaz, I thought you’d never ask. I don’t have 10, I have 3 – Spiderman (working tirelessly to make the world we live in safe, well Gotham anyway), Snoopy (to live is to dance, to dance is to live), and doctor Jonas Salk (an American doctor who developed the vaccine that kept us all safe from polio, and ensured it was made available at an affordable price, free).June 16, 2018 at 10:22 PM #753527
ChazJune 16, 2018 at 10:24 PM #753549June 17, 2018 at 9:51 AM #753570
ChazJune 17, 2018 at 5:04 PM #753598
sisco farraroJune 17, 2018 at 5:06 PM #753603June 17, 2018 at 10:56 PM #753619
You do yourself a disservice. His lairdship caught in a web might be closer to the truth than imagined.
Sub-grade asphalt anyone? Developer donations through employees of the developer? Single source contracts? Keeping or getting information before the rest of council gets a peek?
ChazJune 18, 2018 at 9:46 AM #753654
Chaz, I took some time to try to focus my thoughts on who are my heroes. The term is used far too loosely these days, and the context can be quite broad. I decided to limit my scope to Canadian politicians.
Sterling Lyon was a one-term premier of Manitoba. He won a mandate from the people in 1977 after Ed Schreyer took the province to the precipice of bankruptcy. One element of the financial failings of the Schreyer government was the creation of a provincially owned and operated automobile insurance fiasco. It is my recollection that premiums were not a function of driver history or vehicle type. The deductible was a laughable $25. In any event, the story goes, as related to me by a former member of his caucus, that at the first post election caucus meeting he told his MPPs that they would be a one-term government. Why? Because, as a consequence of the mess that they were taking on, the measures that had to be taken were going to be draconian, and the people were not going to be happy. Better off? Yes. Happy? No.
In addition, Sterling Lyon, a Conservative, threw his support behind Liberal PM Pierre Trudeau and his efforts to repatriate the constitution.
So why is he my Canadian political hero? He did what was necessary to save his province, knowing that it would cost him his job in the end. Then he crossed party lines for the good of the country. Those two moves were career limiting, he knew it, but he understood that personal sacrifice is far more important than manipulating ones way back into power. I struggle think of any other Canadian politician who has ever demonstrated this quality of character.June 18, 2018 at 10:01 AM #753659June 18, 2018 at 10:54 AM #753665
Ron BennJune 19, 2018 at 7:31 AM #753716
I might have, in a more innocent time, nominated one Ken Gray. Regrettably, his proposition of Jim Watson and his persistent championing of said individual in this thread has blotted his copy book and removed him from contention.
I will now have to review my other contenders to see if any of them also have feet of clay.June 19, 2018 at 7:34 AM #753724