The wonderful thing about Jagmeet
Is Jagmeet’s a wonderful thing!
His top is made out of rubber
His bottom’s made out of a spring!
He goes bouncy, bouncy, bouncy, bouncy
Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!
But the most wonderful thing about Jagmeet is
He’s the only one.
(Adapted from the lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman)
Ever since I watched the post-election speeches and saw the NDP leader bouncing around the stage with his followers, the jingle from the Walt Disney film of Winnie the Pooh has been bouncing around in my head. The leaders gave predictable speeches with rhetorical flourishes and mounting passion, but I felt that only Jagmeet really meant what he said. If only Trudeau had kept his important promise to replace FPTP with preferential voting, then many of us would have voted NDP without the risk of splitting the liberal vote and being governed by a party that doesn’t believe in climate change.
The original song is about Tigger, a wonderful character who can’t stop bouncing around, much to the concern of Piglet, who worries about being bounced upon, and Eeyore, who is bounced into the river and mistaken for a Poohstick. If Jagmeet is a tigger, then perhaps Erin is a leopard trying to change his spots.