“Every day is a blessing.”Looking great in a short-but-not-too-short skirt, and giving off a don’t-sweat-the-small-or-big-stuff serenity that’s a part of the Stronach arsenal, her birthday philosophy struck me as the M. for the way she’s been operating of late: not exactly hiding, but quietly, and on her own terms. In the mid-naughts — back when was still on the air, and “selfie” not yet a word — the woman known simply as “Belinda” was as ubiquitous as “Justin” is today in the Canadian sphere.
Living her life in big font, the erstwhile politician and irrepressible businesswoman — known for her party-hopping, in Parliament and beyond, and her vivid romantic résumé — was someone you’d see here at Bymark (with her friend Bill Clinton, for instance), or making the charity-round circuits in Montreal (with Prince Andrew on her arm). 2 by Fortune Magazine in its list of most powerful women in business, she also made Time’s “100 Most Influential” list (the same list Prime Minister Trudeau made this year), flying into the party for the list in Manhattan where — with my own eyes — I saw Martha Stewart buttonholing Stronach to tell her, “We need more women in politics!
The first interview Stronach did for the campaign was on the Larry & Willy morning show on Vancouver radio station JACK-FM — the most popular such outlet in Canada at the time — which suggested she was eager to play along with populist political marketing tactics.
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Whatever the circumstances, Stephen Harper stood no chance of making the cover of a U. The questions posed on the campaign trail seemed enough of a challenge, particularly when she expressed her support of a two-tier health care system, although an expression of support for same-sex marriage was different than what others in this new right-wing party had in mind. Some fresh air,” was the way in which her staccato speech was reported, along with how a comment about “throwing away the script” was balanced out with the fact that it was all being read from one.
When the three hopefuls finally met, Clement and Harper did their share of speaking in French, which tripped up their rival who promised to win first and learn later. Nonetheless, she scored more than one-third of the delegate points required to win the leadership compared to under 10 per cent for Clement — as Harper handily beat them both.
Prior to the advent of Facebook, Twitter and You Tube, the Belinda blitz still had to be filtered almost entirely through traditional channels, although there were enough indications of how that would evolve along with so much else that was in flux on Parliament Hill. Well, many of the elements required to get there started to take shape 10 years ago today.
Sure, the internet was functional in 2004, but few figured out what to do with it beyond fulfilling the expectation to be online.