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'Big Red Tent' no more

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Re: Trudeau stifles conscience (Editorial, May 9). In Pierre Elliott Trudeau, the Canada of that time first giddily, then begrudgingly, accepted the intelligence and charisma of a self-styled philosopher king.

Whatever arrogance his leadership may have displayed was balanced by an understanding that reasoned argument from competing perspectives was the bedrock of well-designed legislative policy.

Justin Trudeau shows little of his father's insight. Whether it's his shuttered nomination process, his enforced Senate membership declassification, or his unilateral closure on matters of individual conscience, what has emerged is a personal style more dictatorial than enlightened.

Sadly, even for those who are not Liberal supporters, Mr. Trudeau has begun to strike the party's once proud "Big Red Tent" -- under which diversity of opinion was openly encouraged -- in favour of the ringmaster's whip at an autocratic political sideshow.

MARK RASH

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 12, 2014 A8

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