Bush, George W.

Forty-Third U.S. President who illustrates a fundamental difference between Canadian and U.S. politics. Canadians will elect any politician who can convince voters he or she is the least evil of the various alternatives, or who deludes us into thinking he or she will seriously try to represent our collective interests and protect our institutions. Americans, who distrust governments more than we do, will elect anyone they’re convinced is too stupid to figure out what individual citizens are up to and/or where the guns and drugs are stored. About the only public service job a man as intelligent as George W. Bush could get in Canada would be driving a tow truck. But in case anyone’s feeling smug, we have Jean Chretien, Stockwell Day and David Frum, the latter of whom is supposedly writing speeches for Bush while the other two merely suck up.

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