So, here I was,a new immigrant to Canada ( Class of 2014 ),sitting around a barbecue with some of my newly minted ‘ desi ‘ Canadian friends on a muggy summer evening.
After couple of beers each ( Molson Canadian of course ), the conversation inevitably veered towards politics and the upcoming federal elections in Canada.
I must confess here that although like most Indians, I too liked to indulge in verbal political brawl, with no quarter asked for and none given,8 years’ of living in a benevolent monarchy of Dubai kind of auto-activated the mute button as far as open political talks went.
So, I decided to simply listen to my friends discussing Harper,Trudeau and Mulcair etc and keep my desi thoughts to myself..
Friend 1: That Stephen Harper has ruined our Country. Nine year a Prime Minister and all he has to show for it is are the two recessions that he has dragged the country into!!The PM always has that smile/ smirk on his face and hardly ever speaks. The only time one hears him speak passionately is when defending his buddies like Mike Duffy and others.
And I was thinking…Hey, is he talking about Mr Harper or ManMohan Singh !!
Friend 2 : I think, NDP’s Tom Mulcair seems to be the real deal in these elections.He himself looks pretty ‘ middle classish ‘ and his public speeches and advertisements promise to uphold Canadian middle class values. Also, His strong stance against Bill C-51 combined with his party’s success in passing the two bills the first of which abolished the so called ‘ tampon tax ‘ on female hygiene products and the second banned the ‘ pay to pay ‘ fee charged by the banks in Canada have helped built his creds among the voters.NDP’s landslide win in the Alberta elections this year has given momentum and added solidity to Tom and his party.
My looneys are on Thomas Mulcair !!
And I was thinking… Hello, Is Tom Mulcair the Narendra Modi of Canada? I mean both talk tough and sport that trademark beard too…Although I was not sure if somewhat like Modi, young Mr Mulcair also served steeped tea at a Tim Horton’s outlet in Quebec.
Friend 3( taking a large swig from the bottle) : You guys really are fuddy duddy yourselves and are therefore pitching for Harper and Mulcair who keep ‘ tom tomming ‘ and ‘ harping ‘ their outdated policies and ideas ( puns definitely intended ) !! The future of this country lies in the hands of the youth and who better than the liberal leader Justin Trudeau to lead Canada back to its glory days.His political inexperience is more of an asset than a liability since he provides fresh and new perspective to the various issues.This country needs a boxer who punches way above his weight and Justin is the man! Also, there is no substitute for pedigree and in Canadian politics, it does not get any bigger than a Trudeau. So, to twist Shakespeare’s words a bit…Trudeau or not Trudeau…that is the question my friends !!
And I was thinking…. Boy O Boy….He could have been talking about Rahul Gandhi, albeit much before he became the ‘ pappu ‘ of one billion Indians.
So it went on and on until the beer ran out on us and I came back home thinking that there exists a Modi, a ManMohan and a Rahul in all countries of the world.