THE POLITICS OF MY WAY
Unlike the United States, with its generalissimo politics-Washington,
Grant, Eisehower- the martial arts have been conspicuously absent from Canadian
But there in one exception: in 1968 Pierre Elliot Trudeau became the
Canadian leader to bring the gunslinger-Lone Ranger ethos to Canadian politics.
Trudeau introduced to Canada the refined art of single combat; it was the
politics of "Doing It My Way"-the politics of going my way or being left behind.
Single-combat confrontation implied much mor than the loner or renegade in power,
far far less than the shaman black tricks of Mackenzie King.
Trudeau was always
more the solo Philosopher King engaged in intellectual trial by combat than the
Merlin conjuring up solutions by puffs of smoke, sleight of hand or divine
Ouijaboard politics was the occult domain of Mackenzie King, a man
virtually devoid of policy, a political palm reader forever checking the whims and
moods of his powerful baronial-Ralston Howe, St. Laurent-and sometimes Byronian
colleagues to see how best he could placate them, or calm them, or Heap his
Trudeau, from day one , was always more samurai than shaman.
Even in his
leadership days, Trudeau's love of trial by combat was predominant.
would have never touched the unholy trinity of divorce, abortion and homosexuality:
each one of these issues is a sleeping dog best left to lie; each could only
conservative Canada from coast to coast.
Since King dared not touch them seriatim
he certainly would not have touched them together-in an omnibus bill.
This, Trudeau did joyously.
The myths-makers have it at this was Trudeau's
first deliberated joust, the kingship being the final prize.
But Trudeau had no
leadership aspirations at the time; all that he had, still has, was the love of
for the sake of combat and religious scruples be damned.
Trudeau the Catholic
tackle divorce, abortion and homosexuality active Prime Minister in this country's
history, liberated the homosexual practitioners of black acts totally abhorrent to
him; ironically, in the process, Trudeau gave irrational Canada a pretext for
him a homosexual too.