February 17, 2005

Hot or Not?

The Economist September 2003 coverJust seventeen months after The Economist declared that Canada was cool (see cover at right), the renowned magazine is slagging current Prime Minister Paul Martin, noting that he has become known as "Mr. Dithers".

But 15 months after succeeding his fellow-Liberal, Jean Chrétien, Mr Martin, a successful finance minister for almost a decade until 2002, cannot quite shake off the impression that Canada's top job is too big for him.

As finance minister, Mr Martin acquired a reputation as a tough and decisive deficit-cutter who transformed the public finances and oversaw the renaissance of the Canadian economy. But as prime minister, his faltering leadership has earned him the sobriquet of "Mr Dithers".

Source: The Economist

(c) The Economist cartoonThe Globe and Mail, running the headline "Prime Minister dubbed 'Mr. Dithers': Economist magazine dismayed with Paul Martin's first 14 months in office", notes:

And in an apparently unintended twist on Pierre Trudeau's famous line about Joe Clark -- "headwaiter to the provinces" -- the accompanying cartoon depicts Mr. Martin as an apron-clad chef shovelling tax dollars onto the plates of hungry customers.

Source: Globe and Mail; Cartoon: The Economist

Ouch. Jean Chrétien must be loving this.

Posted by anatole at February 17, 2005 11:15 PM