Looks can be deceiving
Seamus O’Regan burst on to the Newfoundland and Labrador political scene with gusto in a carefully staged “well here I am at last” theme this week at the St.Theresa’s Parish Hall in St. John’s, close to the area where he grew up.
He made no back bones about his friendship with Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and said to a reporter at the press conference Trudeau was not the driving force for his decision to run in the next federal election.
I am not one bit pollitically attracted to either Trudeau nor O’Regan. Both came on to the national political scene emptyhanded. Trudeau riding on the coat tail of his late father Pierre and O’Regan pandering to the crowd who for years watched him on the popular Canada A.M. program.
Justin and Seamus have one thing in common in my opinion — boyish looks and brains — but there’s no obvious strength (maturity) in their voices or their presence. An authoritative voice is essential to a strong leader I think.
Pierre Trudeau had it and Danny Williams had it. There is a large gap left between what Justin and his friend Seamus think they have to offer voters and what they can deliver down the road.
Of late the only thing Trudeau talks about is the current government scandal. O’Regan only dreams about a Liberal sweep with Parliament Hill delivering seven (red) seats filled with fighting Newfoundlanders after the next federal election. (Positive thinking at work).
I admire Seamus for his intellect and his achievements. (Trudeau too is brilliant intellectually). Because Seamus made it to the top in broadcasting and because he dabbled in the offices and backrooms of politics some years back won’t necessarily make him an effective NL MP. He is like a fish out of water. A square peg in a round hole to coin a phrase.
This slick dressed tag-team of Justin/and Seamus is entering the 10th round of a 12 rounder and I doubt it if they can deliver the knock out blow to Stephen Harper. (According to polls most Canadians desperately want Harper booted out).
Boyish looks and riding the wave of popular institutions of the past, and present, good leaders don’t necessarily make. The only national attention Trudeau commanded lately is the unfortunate details about the break in at his Ottawa home.
As for Seamus, he got the spotlight merely because he made the “well here I am at last” leap of faith this week in St.John’s.
O’Regan makes Ryan Cleary look like a prize fighter and unfortunately the same can be said of young Trudeau in relation to Harper. He makes Stevie look like Rocky Balboa. And, so it goes.
— Bill Westcott writes from Clarke’s Beach.