IN EVEN the best of relationships, honeymoons don't normally last this long.
Almost a year after winning election, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau remains the pick of two out of three Canadians surveyed in terms of popularity.
This from a Liberal government which has demonstrated a penchant for breaking its promises, and which is spending the public's money, and putting Canada in debt at an alarming rate.
According to a piece published in the Huffington Post, this has been the least productive of any government in the House of Commons in more than 20 years. The Trudeau crowd has passed just 11 bills. The previous Harper Government put through nine in its first 23 days in office.
Then again Stephen Harper wasn't obsessed parading around shirtless, and taking selfies or marching in gay pride parades, and attending rock concerts where he could be the focus of attention.
As Conservative MP Erin O'toole puts it, "for a government that's talked about real change, and high ambition, there hasn't been much change."
All of the campaign promises about climate change, health care improvements, defence spending, Canada Post, Bill C-51 have all been put on the back burner, or sent off to various committees and more consultation.
Talk is cheap, and it really doesn't get much done.
Wasn't it Kim Campbell who once warned about style over substance? A different arena, and a different time, and no one listened to her prophetic words either at the time. Perhaps all of this will change as a new session gets under way. For the Trudeau Liberals, it had better, because even the longest of honeymoons eventually lead to a divorce if a relationship is built on nothing more than words and image.
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