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Unlike the United States with its generalissimo politics-Washington JacksonGrant Eisehower- the martial arts have been conspicuously absent from Canadianpolitics But there in one exception in 1968 Pierre Elliot Trudeau became the firstCanadian leader to bring the gunslinger-Lone Ranger ethos to Canadian politics Trudeau introduced to Canada the refined art of single combat it was thepolitics of Doing It My Way-the politics of going my way or being left behind Single-combat confrontation implied much mor than the loner or renegade in power andfar far less than the shaman black tricks of Mackenzie King Trudeau was always farmore the solo Philosopher King engaged in intellectual trial by combat than the MagusMerlin conjuring up solutions by puffs of smoke sleight of hand or divineintervention Ouijaboard politics was the occult domain of Mackenzie King a manvirtually devoid of policy a political palm reader forever checking the whims andmoods of his powerful baronial-Ralston Howe St Laurent-and sometimes Byroniancolleagues to see how best he could placate them or calm them or Heap his beatitudesupon them Trudeau from day one was always more samurai than shaman Even in his pre-leadership days Trudeaus love of trial by combat was predominant Mackenzie Kingwould have never touched the unholy trinity of divorce abortion and homosexualityeach one of these issues is a sleeping dog best left to lie each could only infuriateconservative Canada from coast to coast Since King dared not touch them seriatimhe certainly would not have touched them together-in an omnibus bill This Trudeau did joyously The myths-makers have it at this was Trudeausfirst deliberated joust the kingship being the final prize But Trudeau had noleadership aspirations at the time all that he had still has was the love of combatfor the sake of combat and religious scruples be damned Trudeau the Catholic zealottackle divorce abortion and homosexuality active Prime Minister in this countryshistory liberated the homosexual practitioners of black acts totally abhorrent tohim ironically in the
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