Opinion: Why Liberals should fear Poilievre: Like Diefenbaker, he’s a master communicator

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Conservative leader Pierre Poiliver speaks in Ottawa on September 13.Patrick Doyle/Reuters

Pierre Poilievre’s populism – taking his party “from suit to shoe”, as he cleverly puts it – has struck a chord. He is riding a wave. He crushed the ground in a Conservative leadership campaign. The increase in inflation has angered the population, which appears to be ready for change. And it is the self-proclaimed tribune of the lower class that is ready to bring it.


But there is a problem. The time for a new leader is far away. With an election two or more likely, three years away, their momentum no longer makes sense.

Mr. Poilivar has benefited from his independence campaign against the vaccine mandate. Three years later, he will probably be long forgotten. His leadership was fortunately accompanied by a massive increase in consumer prices, an international malaise for which he blames Justin Trudeau. By 2025, this suspected inflation will be an issue.

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As for Mr Trudeau, he might not even be around. If he runs again, he can call an election at any time. But if he sees the PP leading itself in the polls with a strong lead, he will surely stop.

So while Mr. Poulievre is running a bit, liberals can sit back and let him nibble. for years.

He said, however, that the Alberta-born leader is still in good shape. He has that quality which is important for longevity and success in politics. He is a master communicator.

He can connect, he can wake, he can articulate, he specializes in rapier thrust, he can take down highmakers. He may be the best communicator, the best stump politician the Conservatives have had since John Diefenbaker.

Bear in mind, Mr. Polievre has a dated Dieffenbaker-era look and an eloquent style that is also old school. But he makes it work. His speech upon taking the Conservative crown was rhythmic and obedient, more effective than any acceptance speech from a leader that I can remember.

The thief, who Mr. polyivre quoted in his speech, had won 208 out of 265 seats in a populist campaign run by the Centre, in 1958. Mr. Polievre has the odds of being stereotyped as the hard right-handed Somon, but a silver tongue can make for a lot. It can make loaves and fish from the bucket of the bucket.

Since the middle of the last century, when the TV era emerged, we have seen who are the big winners in politics. They are the ones who catch your eye, who command the stage, who have a way with words. In the United States, it has been most notable. John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama come to mind. At his thickest, Donald Trump had a way of relating to the masses, which was enough to win in 2016.

In Canada, we remember Pierre Trudeau’s sharp emphasis and left-wing intellectual dazzle. Brian Mulroney’s baritone overtook John Turner, who, in the 1984 campaign, had the unfortunate habit of harping at the end of his sentences. Jean Chrétien’s broken English and homely style attracted the working class.

Stephen Harper hardly brightened up the room as a communicator, but he was superior to Stephen Dion, whose incoherence in English was evident, and Michael Ignatieff, whose ivory tongue could not connect.

When Justin Trudeau won the majority in 2015, he was a well-spoken podium presence. But his style hasn’t aged well and, barring changes, will go his toe with Skippy, as some moderate Mr. To be more difficult than other CPC leaders, Mr Trudeau has faced.

There is a sense of contradiction in Trudeau’s way of speaking, as if he were trying to project honesty. Honesty is not something you can project. It would be better to have a conversation than to announce it. There is a lot about him that looks staged.

While the long wait until the next election means Mr. Poilievre is not able to capitalize on the current momentum, the election deadline gives him an opportunity, should he wish, to temper some of his more fattening starboard-side beliefs that vote voters. Caution him. Canadian Trump supporters, it should be noted, think he’s awesome.

The danger for powerful communicators like Mr. Poliver is that they become overly influenced by their voice. Now that he is the leader, we will see whether the power goes to his head or not and how big it becomes.

He is already showing signs of narcissism. Following a free press, limiting its reach and proposing the disbanding of the national broadcasting network are not freedom fighters. This is what authoritarian leaders do.

There is a fine line between being a tribune of the people and a populist. Mr. Polievre should take this into account.

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