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eree. And certainly our prime minister has not been and will not be
defeated by the Trump handshake.
Plus President Trump describes our prime minister as “good looking”—
not that this prevents the president from trying to one-up him, but it can’t
hurt. See item #5.
#7: Thank you for reviving some long-forgotten sources of entertainment,
both by reminding us of excellent literature (like the fairy tales and
fables about the importance of honesty and not “crying wolf”) and injecting
new life into old television programs. You have done wonders for comedians
short of material and motivation since the George W. Bush years.
#6: Thank you for being a career services department, pointing out to
our prime minister a career path after he leaves politics. It has been taken
to heart: evidently he thinks enough of aspects of what you do to have commenced
researching, via his international travels and family wardrobe
experiments, his own hotel and fashion lines.
And thank you for the space force idea, for which Prime Minister Trudeau
anticipatorily auditioned by dressing as Han Solo of Star Wars on Halloween
in 2015 and Clark Kent in 2017, wearing Star Wars–themed socks, and being
involved in the appointment of Julie Payette as Governor General. Just don’t
try to fire him from his present role to accelerate his career path. We have elections
for this and if the electorate wants to sleep in a Trudeau hotel any time
soon, it will vote accordingly.
#5: Thank you for reminding us that there is more to life than either
money or work.
For example, you clearly pay more attention to certain aesthetic concerns
than we tend to. We know, your beauty-pageant-owning past gives
you high regard for those you consider to be good looking, like your “handsome”
new appointment (Larry Kudlow) for assistant to the president on
economic policy and director of the National Economic Council, and “handsome”
albeit unsuccessful Republican candidate Rick Saccone in Pennsylvania
(“I hear the Democrat, Conor Lamb is nice looking … I think I am
better looking than him … Personally, I like Rick Saccone, I think he is
handsome.”). We will try to work up our own enthusiasm for beautifying
our surroundings (one is reminded, of course, of Keats’ “truth is beauty”
line, which may be a wrinkle here—although one that can probably be
The other thing is, most of us really don’t want to be your lawyer, no matter
what you would pay us. There is more to life than money, as we said,
and you have underlined this for us. Making payments to Stormy Daniels is
not our career ambition (though that point may coincide with our economic