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Activist throttled by Canada's PM set to enter politics

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Double J, Mar 5, 2007.

  1. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    A protestor who once got a bit too close to Prime Minister Jean Chretien is now running for office in a suburban Ottawa riding.


    (Bill) Clennett grabbed the national spotlight on Feb. 15, 1996, when Chrétien, then prime minister, grabbed him. Clennett was protesting proposed changes to unemployment insurance when the two men bumped into each other after Chrétien addressed the first National Flag Day rally.

    Chrétien grabbed Clennett by the neck and roughly shoved him out of the way as he proceeded to his limousine, giving birth to what became known as the Shawinigan Handshake.

    It was one of very few times when I was proud to have Chretien as our PM. For all he knew, Clennett could have had a gun or a knife, but Chretien faced up to the threat and dealt with it immediately. He even looked like the Terminator in the process. :)


    Of course, the bleeding hearts that usually would have lined up behind Chretien turned him into the villain. How dare he defend himself from a protestor who had confronted him and who may or may not have been armed? Only in Canada. ::)

    That said, Clennett was incredibly lucky he was in Canada and not the U.S., where, if you get anywhere near the president's comfort zone, the Secret Service will turn you into a human colander.

    Here's to your campaign, Mr. Clennett:

  2. In the United States, Bubble Guy's comfort zone extends from Pennsylvania Avenue to the greater Infinity metropolitan area.
  3. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    I'm pretty sure it's to greater infinity and beyond.
  4. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    Also, don't forget the time some guy broke into the PM's official residence brandishing a knife and Chretien held him off with an Inuit sculpture.

    Despite what you thought about the guy's politics, he was one tough son of a bitch.
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