The "What Do I Know Grit"
I could remember attending election and other rallies in London, Ontario for Brian Mulroney, John Turner, Ed Broadbent, Jean Chrétien, Paul Martin, and other notable politicians in the late 1980's. Not once was I asked for ID. On a couple of occasions, an audience member may have heckled them. However, these leaders knew how to give back. Depending on the format of the event, sometimes people asked the leaders questions. There was a sense that these events were public.Harper's election events are all private. While there is a veneer of the public realm, when everyone in the audience has been pre-approved, then the events become private and exclusive. Harper does not give the appearance that he is a public leader, but just a private boss.
I was at the Liberal rally in Montreal. Over 1000 people in the amphitheatre of La Cirque Tohu. A nice venue, really. I don't recall having to present ID or going through a security check.
Maybe they were doing eye scans.
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