The Angus Reid Institute have done their latest quarterly popularity poll of Canada’s provincial leaders, and the results only reconfirm that this is a terrible time to hold political power in this country.
Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall is number one, and Brian Pallister of Manitoba came in second. Both men are at less than 50% and falling steadily, and there does not appear to be much on the horizon that will change things for either of them anytime soon.
The super tall Premier of Manitoba has been in office for 14 months, and he enjoys the largest majority that the province has ever seen, but he sure does some strange things.
Just over a week ago, he announced with great fanfare that he would be doing a three day 160 kilometre bike ride from East Selkirk to the Peguis First Nation in Manitoba’s Interlake region. It was to celebrate the 200th anniversary of a treaty that was never signed or implemented, and to say a long belated thank you to Chief Peguis for helping to save the Selkirk settlers from starving to death when they first arrived in this part of the world.
For security reasons, Pallister’s people refused to indicate the route that the Premier would be following on his two wheeler, but reporter Jillian Taylor of the dear old CBC did some interesting follow up. It seems he completed the ride in just two days, and no one could be found at Peguis who had met with Pallister or even seen him scooting by.
Indeed, he must have been truly ‘scooting’ because his office says the 63 year old covered a hundred kilometres on day one.
Someone, perhaps his wife Ester, was following close behind with a change of clothes, because Pallister did manage to speak to a Progressive Conservative fundraiser in Arborg shortly after that long workout.
No doubt he will now need some ‘R & R’ in Costa Rica.
I’m Roger Currie