During the many years I spent working, living and carousing with hard-headed competent seaman and airmen comrades, both afloat, in the air and ashore, in the Persian Gulf, India and high Arctic waters, my colleagues had one well-tested criterion for judging the true and ultimate worthiness of any individual.
Would we be fully confident, we asked ourselves, if we were embarking on a voyage destined to explore and sail right over the very edge of the world, if that person was to be our captain or other shipmate.
My companions, veterans of years spent surviving both wartime and natural perils of the sea, all swore by this standard attribute for verifying personal and professional acceptance.
So there you have it everybody. For the next decade or more, using this ultimate assessment, there’s no need to go footling about considering the obscure details, lack of qualification, obvious unsuitability, faked charisma, and all the rest of the falsely required regalia of a future prime minister that has been demonstrated by so many recent candidates who have never actually done anything really practical in their lives, and who offer nothing but platitudes to further their selfish aspirations to perform as politicians supported by their usually equally ignorant support staff.
Luckily for the next several years there is the chance that Canadians could dispense with such fruitless evaluation of the newest crop of hopeless non-leaders, who no doubt are already planning how to mislead the Canadian populace.
How does this fine opportunity to avoid such pointlessness present itself? Because the most obvious choice for Prime Minister, that has ever presented itself during Canada’s 144 years of existence, is right before our very eyes. I refer to:
Chris Alexander, Canada’s 43-year-old previous Canadian Ambassador to Afghanistan and now Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence (to my mind the ministerial post he himself should already be holding in order to prepare him to be the future successor to Canada’s present, and quite satisfactory Prime Minister, Stephen Harper).
Despite having never met Chris Alexander I draw my unasked for, and quite presumptuous, impressions of him solely from the several times I have watched him in serious discussion on various television programs. His direct, pertinent and often short sentences in reply to other speakers are delivered with firm confidence and seemingly genuine belief backed by solid knowledge and experience. He delivers his words incisively and with the similar utter confidence, as does a Royal Navy Chief Petty Officer, small arms instructor, demonstrating the correct use of grenades during a World War Two Whale Island live-ammunition assault course.
In all Chris Alexander appears to be the most intelligent politician seen for decades, anywhere. Let’s hope he actually does have aspirations to become Canada’s future leader. I reckon he might become the Steve Jobs of parliament or Ernest Shackleton of politics. Certainly not a Layton, Trudeau, Joe Clark, Dion or even Iggy.
Would I be confident to sail over the edge of the world with him? You betcha I would!
PS: Look, I hope I haven’t embarrassed Chris Alexander with my thoughts. No, of course not. Just myself I suppose. Anyway Mr. Alexander probably has no desire to sail right off the edge of the world.
Which is quite sensible. And after all, I’m much too old for that sort of thing now. And probably my wife wouldn’t let me go even if I wanted to.
But I do hope our pleasant PM Harper and whoever else follows him make things turn out a little better.
That’s it. No more political rants. Promise.
Nor will I be running myself. Promise.