Apparently Jagmeet Singh, the leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party, doesn’t know the difference between a mass grave, as in the former Yugoslavia, and a cemetery here in Canada, like the one in Kamloops, B.C. In the former 215 people were lined up, shot, their bodies tossed into a pit, and then the pit summarily bulldozed over. In the latter there were 215 children who died of natural causes – months, years, even decades apart – and were interred each in his or her own wooden coffin.
This is why Jagmeet Singh will never be our Prime Minister. Like any politician, he can only think and talk in sound bites. But he won’t draw on party coffers to hire a research staff to make sure he doesn’t say something so utterly ignorant and stupid.
Ignorance and stupidity hasn’t been an impediment to political success south of the border. In fact there researchers are hired to help the leader feign ignorance and stupidity. That distinction has always marked our two political cultures. But I think we’re closing the gap. So maybe some day Singh will be Prime Minister after all. As Shakespeare wrote, “Oh brave new world that has such people in ’t.”