The take-away message I get from Chatelaine's piece on Janine Krieber is that Stephane Dion has definite leadership qualities. He knows how to delegate responsibility. For example, he gets his wife to do all his crap for him:
Dion may be the leader of the opposition, but Krieber is the CEO of Krieber-Dion Inc. She does the banking, writes the cheques, keeps the books, files the taxes and buys all of his clothes – even his underwear.
Way to go, Stephane! My wife buys my underwear too, and my socks and everything, and I suspect the same applies in many "ordinary" Canadian households. Because my wife tells me there is actually a perceivable difference between a pair of brown socks, and a pair of brown socks with little black diamonds on the ankle, and if I wear the wrong set my career might be in jeopardy. So if she wants to hunt down the correct shade of footwear while I'm drinking beer and watching tv, then I say more power to her (of course Stephane would be more likely to sip champagne and read the constitution, but whatever; reading Chatelaine I still feel like I've just bonded with the guy).
And it doesn't end there:
"His wife, Janine Krieber, says Dion is so clumsy he's absolutely useless around the house. 'He can't be trusted to change a light bulb, especially halogen.'"
She does light-bulbs too? Obviously, Dion is steeped in "guy" wisdom, like when I volunteered to wash clothes one time and everything came out purple. Because the stupider they think you are, the more they'll leave you alone. And anyway, women are actually quite good when it comes to manual labor. The French have a saying which, when translated, goes something like: "Women...they are as strong as a dog!" If Dion's got her changing tires for him, then I think I'd be prepared to follow him anywhere.