Tuesday, August 16, 2005

The diluted pedigree of Liberal prime ministers

Let me tell you, my fellow country men, that the twentieth century shall be the century of Canada and of the Canadian development. For the next seventy-five years, nay for the next 100 years, Canada shall be the star towards which all men who love progress and freedom shall come.
— Wilfrid Laurier, October 15, 1904.
He was right, of course, for a while, but optimistic in his projection. Now the progress and freedom of which he spoke can only be counted as a relative thing, much less an absolute.

How far Liberal Prime Ministers have fallen in the credibility of their rhetoric. It is hard to imagine a speech like that made by Paul Martin being greeted by anything other than bland cynicism or bored indifference, such as when he attempts to declaim, mainly in phrases rather than sentences:
I believe the moment is here to make Canada the standard by which other nations judge themselves. […] A nation whose goal is unequivocal – and that is to lead the world, to set the pace, to build from this revolution’s promise an even greater prosperity. To create a country where our people feel that there is nowhere else they would rather be than here, because there is no place else where they can achieve so much.
— Paul Martin, June 12, 2001.
Rather, my ears are still ringing from hearing him speak in my head.

[Laurier quote via Canuck for Liberty]


Publius said...

Mapmaster, are your trying to muscle in on my turf?

MapMaster said...

Of course not. I'll just steal ideas and quickly run back to my blog.