The Canadian politicians are rewriting Robert Frost’s motivational poem
‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’. If he said, “The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep”, with Christmas round the corner and elections over, it’s sleep time for our guys in politics.
Justin Trudeau touched the winning line in the elections with a thread bare majority. Now with his major allies and cabinet in place, he’s like the principal of a school giving out holiday home work for the winter vacations. With familiar strains of national unity, climate change, strained political standoff with the US and China, better healthcare, and getting the minorities on equal footing- he’s got his to do list ready for the vacations. Once you’ve delegated the work, you can sit back and relax Mr. Trudeau.
Mr Andrew Scheer, is a leader in an enviable position. With his kids tuitions paid for, coming in to stand as an interim leader for the Conservatives, he should be happy and relaxed. He has nothing to prove now till the new leader appears on the horizon and I think he can sail smoothly through the Christmas and winter session by occasionally using his social network handles to pop up a question or two. I think he may be of a greater use being a parent and a husband than leading the Conservatives to power.
Jagmeet Singh of the NDP is making good use of his role as a kingmaker. Neatly seated in power, he’s busy this winter sending out Christmas cards to say a hello to almost everyone in the voters list. I’m sure when we talk of climate change, isn’t using so much of paper endangering our environment? Good old Santa would have been happier if the same greetings could have gone from a Twitter handle.
But why blame the politicians? We all go into frenzy with the festival celebrations. So if we can have fun shopping, buying gifts and having feasts, let the leaders too hibernate. Because once the snow melts, their political ambitions will spring them back into action.
Of course being government servants, they continue enjoying their powers even in vacation mode. A government employee sat in his office, and out of boredom, decided to see what was inside his old filing cabinet. He poked through the contents and came across an old brass lamp. “This will look good on my mantel,”; he said, and took it home with him. While polishing the lamp, a genie appeared and, as usual, granted him three wishes. “I would like an ice-cold Coke right now.”He gets his Coke and drinks it. Now that he can think more clearly, he states his second wish. “I wish to be on an island with beautiful women, who find me irresistible.” Suddenly, he’s on an island with gorgeous women eyeing him lustfully. He tells the genie his third and last wish. “I wish I’d never have to work again.” Instantly, he was back in his government office.