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Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Baggage or No Baggage?

One of the arguments brought against Belinda Stronach on her bid to become leader of the new Conservative Party of Canada is her lack of experience in politics. The more I think about it, the more I agree that this utter lack of experience is why she should not be the leader of the official opposition. (Let's face it, short of a money scandal rocking the public's trust in the Liberals, the Tories will not win the next election. Oh wait, there is a scandal.) Strangely enough, she has used this very point to argue why she is the perfect candidate. Since she has no experience, she has no political baggage, to use her wording. But what I think she misses is that we actually prefer our politicians with "baggage". That way, we know where they stand and how they handle in the political area. Stronach, on the other hand, is an unknown variable. Maybe she'll be a great leader. Maybe she'll be a horrible leader. We don't know. And, I don't think it is wise for her party to take that chance if they ever hope of beating the Liberals. What would Ms. Stronach say to a fresh graduate out of business school who argues they are ready to head up a multi national corporation like Magna because they have no baggage?


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