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But hey, let us be off these tonsorial reveries.
As for WE-gate, although this week’s appearances by the prime minister and his chief of staff, Katie Telford, gave the news a spike (we learned a little of the hardball tactics of humanitarian WE — they do like their defamation lawyers and private detectives), the essence of this story has been there from the beginning and remains there now.
It is and always has been one of connections and involvement.
Justin Trudeau, his wife, Sophie, his mother, Margaret, and his brother, Alexandre, were all deeply connected with, over many years worked for or gave presence to the Kielburger brothers. (In Justin Trudeau’s case, both when he was prime minister and earlier when he was not.) As Trudeau has claimed, they may not have been friends, but on matters of interest common to them both, they couldn’t have been closer to each other had they called in a welder.
They each had something to offer each other. WE’s capacity to round up huge audiences of schoolchildren, and take them to a stadium for a whole day for their brand of do-goodism and progressive sermonizing, supplied Trudeau with audiences of just the kind who matched his own approach to politics. There was an immense spotlight (especially in his early days) on his undeniable charisma, writing the message that a “new politics” was in the making, which doubtless reached the parents of those children in the stadiums.
They were, Trudeau and the K boys, one in style and one in much of their respective approach. It was a comfortable and neat fit.