The Stammering Man
You don't have to be a critic of Justin Trudeau to know he stammers. The disjointed cadence, the constant search for words. He does it, a lot. He does it when he's lying, again, a lot. He also does it, sometimes, when he's gilding the truth or when he doesn't want to answer questions or when he wants to justify something unpopular or just plain wrong.
This is not stuttering and I doubt it's some form of early onset Tourette syndrome.
You might think a fellow born into a political family, raised by the most revered prime minister of the postwar era, in the Liberal front bench since entering politics in 2009 and prime minister of Canada since 2015 would be more adept at speaking in the House or in interviews or on the hustings. But no, he remains a reticent president, our hesitant prime minister.
Does this have anything to do with his lack of vision, his inability to do the bold thing when it's the right thing? I won't revisit his scandals here, the low-hanging fruit. Most governments have them, think Brian Mulroney's "On the Take" Conservatives or the Chretien government's Sponsorship Scandal. Paul Martin perhaps wasn't around long enough to generate anything seismic but he wound up having to wear Jean Chretien's handiwork. Harper had several, mainly rooted in ideology or incompetence or some mixture of both. Justin has had the touchy-feely scandal, the Jane Philpott/Justice Minister Jody fiasco, SNC Lavalin, KPMG - lapses. Ignore all that.
I want to know if the stammering betrays something more worrisome, a willingness to place party political fortunes ahead of the best interests and dire needs of the country, of the Canadian people. Is the stammering a manifestation of this man's weakness or his leadership?