Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau speaks to the media after Question Period at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, April 17, 2013.
Credits: ANDRE FORGET/QMI AGENCY
If the Harper government wants to sock away some extra war-room cash, it should spend not a dime more on attack ads and just let Justin Trudeau do himself in.
So far he is doing a superb job.
The newly-anointed Liberal Leader's terrorists-have-feelings-too response to the Boston Marathon bombings was hardly a shining moment when it comes to showing spine or reflecting the political stance of true leaders.
Seems young Trudeau's a group-therapy "why-can't-we-all-get-along" kind of guy more concerned about understanding a terrorist's psychological circuitry and early-childhood abuses than hunting the coward down.
In this case, he's certainly not his daddy's boy.
Pierre Trudeau, perhaps to singular credit, cared not about any "feelings of exclusion" that may have motivated the FLQ during the infamous October Crisis in which a British diplomat was kidnapped and a Quebec cabinet minister murdered.
He just wanted them brought down.
But not so his son, it seems.
He'd rather have a group hug.
As Prime Minister Stephen Harper explained to the neophyte Liberal leader, "When you see this kind of violent act, you do not sit around trying to rationalize it, or make excuses for it, or figure out its root causes.
"You condemn it categorically," said the PM. "(And) you deal with them as harshly as possible."
Then, just as the Liberals gave notice that they want the temporary foreign worker tempest to be front and centre when the Commons returns next week, up pops a letter from Justin Trudeau begging the Canadian Embassy in China to fast-track the work visas of two Chinese chefs wanted for a posh restaurant in Montreal.
And, like a spoiled kid playing the one-upmanship game, he gave bureaucrats in Beijing the 'do you know who my daddy is?' line that's so prevalent in private school playrooms -- even though his letter was written on Commons letterhead.
"This restaurant," he wrote, "has served distinguished guests that include five Canadian Prime Ministers (including my own father, the late Right Honourable, Pierre Elliott Trudeau)... and numerous Hollywood celebrities and professional athletes."
Oh, so you're THAT Trudeau?
Too bad there were only two visas being sought.
With six, you get egg roll.