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Chrystia Freeland: Trudeau's heir apparent

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02.12.2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is hurt.

So he has gone into hiding to tend to his electoral wounds. Justin Trudeau kept his job. But for how long? He knows Liberals are allergic to minority governments he now leads. He will likely get one more chance to win a majority. If Trudeau doesn't, he may have to take a walk in the snow and quit like his father once famously did or risk the humiliation of being pushed out.

When Trudeau inevitably departs - voluntarily or involuntary - his successor will already have been anointed, if Canada's corporate media could cast the deciding vote. The gooey love affair between Chrystia Freeland and her many fawning suitors in the fourth estate has been on cringe-worthy display since the journalist turned politician.

The former foreign minister has exploited that almost unconditional affection to heighten her profile nationally with a determined view to one day be called prime minister.

Freeland's designs to assume the prime minister's office eventually became more apparent when Trudeau recently tapped his duteous foreign minister as deputy prime minister and de facto heir to the throne he now occupies - although in a diminished state.

Freeland's long-established status as the "chosen one" was plain after her ascension in November to, in effect, Trudeau's right-hand woman.

Here is a small sample of Freeland's veneration in the establishment press in the weeks since her promotion. The "indispensable" prime minister-in-waiting has been described as being "famous for her people skills," while enjoying the "magic touch" and a CV "beyond reproach".

These sweet baubles are proof that so many Canadian journalists are willing to abandon any pretence of exercising the critical faculties they are alleged to possess, preferring instead to engage in predictable and embarrassing hagiography.

These media-manufactured confections are also a reminder of how these same scribes once anointed Trudeau a saint who, in words and deeds, emerged as the refreshing antithesis of Donald Trump on the international........

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