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Ricky Blue
Ricky Blue
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is a Montreal-based humorist, singer, and writer. He and partner George Bowser are the famous Bowser and Blue comedy act. Here's his bio from their Bowser and Blue website.

Ricky Blue was born in Liverpool, England, but raised in Maine, New Jersey, and Toronto. He has an MA in English from Concordia University. He has been involved in bands and media music in Montreal for over twenty years. In 1981 he won an international 'Clio' award for excellence in advertising.

He once appeared on television naked.

His life had no real meaning, however, until he began to play with Bowser and Blue. Rick plays guitar, mandolin, and harmonica, and sings in a rather pleasant baritone when George will let him.

He is also a columnist for Montreal's outstanding weekly The Suburban.

His LCC columns are archived here

Posted 05.02.06

RICKY BLUE

The lovely Belinda added so much drama to our boring Canadian political life

Last week, Belinda Stronach, Member of Canada's Parliament for Newmarket-Aurora, announced she would step down.

I know that to many she may have seemed inconsequential, that she wanted to start at the top but couldn't so now she has gone back to where she can, but I am sad to see her go.

Because my appreciation of Belinda was not political, it was dramatic.

Who can forget the time in 2005 when the Liberal government was about to fall? Belinda was in the party that was bringing it down, the Conservatives - and she was the girlfriend of one of the party leaders. She had even been one of the leadership candidates.

But right at the moment of truth she crossed the floor and joined the Liberals, saving them from defeat, immediately earning herself a cabinet seat, and leaving her jilted Conservative Party and lover behind, betrayed and confused.

This could have been the plot of a great opera. Maybe one day it will be.

More recently, she played "The Other Woman" in a well-publicized divorce case concerning one of the toughest hockey players in Canada and the third most penalized player in NHL history.

She had this big burly guy so wrapped around her little finger that once, when he was supposed to be at a fundraising golf tournament in the Maritimes, he was spotted walking with her on a New York City street carrying an armload of packages. She had not only seduced the toughest guy in the NHL - she had also taken him shopping.

What does that tell you about the power this woman has over men?

I have always perceived a fundamental flaw in the feminist argument that men are not attracted to powerful women.

This is simply not true. Men are attracted to powerful women in the same way that women are attracted to powerful men. Belinda's Conservative ex-beau, Peter McKay, was also romantically tied to Condi Rice, one of the most powerful women in the world. He knows what I'm talking about. And think of Mark Anthony giving it all up for Cleopatra.

And why not? Power is as good a reason to be attracted to someone as any other. Even Henry Kissinger had women chasing him.

Not exactly an oil painting, he would just smile and say in that gravelly voice: "Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac."

But I digress.

We Canadians should demand far more entertainment value out of our politicians. We certainly pay enough for them. And we don't really have a pool of film or television celebrities to gossip about like the Americans.

It is only fitting that be part of their duties. And we shouldn't be made to feel guilty about it. If ordinary people can't enjoy the trials and tribulations of the rich and famous, what's the point of having them?

Although some think that we should only be interested in the serious problems of the day, and we should pay rapt attention when politicians drone on and on about "fiscal imbalance," or "reasonable accommodation" and life in Canada should be one long civics class, Belinda reminded us otherwise.

She gave us the last thing you'd ever think of when you think of Canadian politics - romance!

Maybe she was only in Ottawa for three years. And perhaps she did not achieve anything substantial politically for her constituents. But that was not her value or her field of expertise.

When she upstaged the biggest political stories of the day with her personal love life, it was profound.

It should remind us all that our personal love lives are, and always should be, more important than politics.

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