Rob Anders represents an independent spirit in Canadian democracy that's under attack from all sides these days, from reactionary journalists who seek to turn any controversial opinion into a career-killing "gaffe," to so-called parliamentary reformers like Michael Chong who want to make it easier for party elites to veto the political ambitions of the unconventional or unorthodox. Rob Anders' successful, 17-year career personifies a sharp rebuke to the forces of conformity and hegemony. Anyone who values free thought and dissent within this country's stagnant political culture should find common cause in his plight.
I gather from all the media hype that Canadians are supposed to be waiting with bated breath and pounding heart for the "Second Coming" i.e. Justin Trudeau's non-announcement this week that he will enter the Liberal Party's leadership race. I say non-announcement as I don't know anyone who pays attention to politics who actually thought Trudeau would sit this one out.