The full Monty is when your "adult entertainer" takes it off and is left standing on the stage in a pair of shoes, letting it all hang out as it were. On Thursday night, June 7th, the Liberal Party was handed an historic defeat in the Ontario provincial elections. They were not decimated, a loss of one in ten. They were obliterated. Seven seats left standing, and Krazy Kathleen Wynne, Ontario's most powerful substitute high school librarian, won her seat in the safest Liberal riding imaginable by only 200 votes.So today, Sunday June 10th, the Federal Liberal Party is going full Monty and letting it ALL hang out.
During our conversation, Freeland — who insists that everyone call her Chrystia — came off as acutely conscious of the perils of the moment, of how a provocation or an insult, perceived or real, could damage Canada's relationship with the United States, or at least with the current president. What has been the most durable and reliable alliance on the planet for the past century now seemed to hang on one man's easily excited sense of grievance.
America's closest friend and ally and a country that might see America more clearly than it sees itself now offered a dire warning about the perils to liberal democracy in this "fraught" era. Freeland said she had recently come across a "terrifying" quote from Adolf Hitler, explaining his rise to power in Germany in a time of economic uncertainty and grievance. "I will tell you what has carried me to the position I have reached," Hitler had said. "Our political problems appeared complicated. The German people could make nothing of them. ... I, on the other hand ... reduced them to the simplest terms. The masses realized this and followed me."
She leaned forward, a look of concern in her eyes. "How do you attract voters and public support compared with the flashiness of exciting, chaotic, fact-ignoring populism?" she asked. "The reason Hitler won was because all of the other politicians were giving complicated and difficult explanations about difficult things. Hitler just told people simple things that they wanted to hear."
Full.Monty. The federal Liberals just dropped trou and showed us what they got.
And the resounding cry from the electorate is not applause. It is a cry no stripper ever wants to hear: "Chrystia, for the love of god, put it back on!"
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