Is boyish charm enough? Probably not

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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 St. Teresa’s parish hall in St. John’s, close to the area where he grew up.

He made no bones about his friendship with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and said to a reporter at the “well here I am at last” news conference that Trudeau was not the driving force for his decision to run in the next federal election.

He said he did inform young Trudeau earlier in the day. “Hi Justin, Seamus here — well, I’m going for it buddy!”

Is the moon made of green cheese, we ask?

I am not one bit attracted (politically) to either Trudeau or O’Regan.

Both came on to the national political scene empty-handed, Trudeau riding on the coattails of his late father, Pierre, and O’Regan pandering to the crowd who for years watched him on the popular “Canada AM” 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.

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 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 knockout 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) do not good leaders 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 prizefighter 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

Clarke’s Beach

Geographic location: Ottawa

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Recent comments

  • Anna
    August 22, 2014 - 18:17

    I was delighted to hear that Seamus O'Regan was running for a Liberal Seat in NL. It is too bad that Bill Wescott is jealous of how handsome both Mr. O'Regan and Mr. Trudeau are. Someone of Mr. O'Regan's intellect will certainly do much for our Citizens when Mr. Harper is defeated and I believe we should be proud that he has chosen to represent us in Ottawa.

  • disgusted
    August 22, 2014 - 07:49

    that's pretty much expected from a tory hack... ffs Bill come up with something interesting for readers and stop with the partisan crap...

  • Jerome
    August 22, 2014 - 07:39

    Why do people think we need an authoritative leader, dictator comes to mine. Why can't we have someone who actually speaks for the people and not themselves, a true representative. Danny had some good points , but look at what he left us, a bloated civil service and Muskrat Falls, something we didn't need and will leave us saddled for years.

    • Dolf
      August 25, 2014 - 08:51

      You forgot Bill 29 Jerome. The recommendations that will come out of the Commission currently looking into it won't be binding on the this PC Government. Danny was the instigator of that too.

  • Ken Collis
    August 22, 2014 - 04:45

    I'm not sure about the point you are trying to get across Bill. You use words like "in my opinion", "no obvious strength", "won’t necessarily make", "do not good leaders necessarily make", "I doubt it if", " can be said" and "Trudeau commanded lately is". If you're trying to impress someone with your goals you haven't said what they are. Who do you suggest as an alternate? Where is even one FACT in what you wrote?

    • Bill Westcott
      August 22, 2014 - 14:15

      Ken Them's the facts and I'm stickin' by them. Now I await your views about Shamus and pretty boy Justin. Let's have it. Publisher waiting.