With the launch of Belinda Stronach’s Conservative party leadership campaign, we see a long string of media stories aimed at dissecting this former Magna CEO. Margaret Wente’s article in the Globe and Mail isn’t particularly inspiring, but does make some valid points,
Belinda lives and works in a world that daddy built
Belinda Stronach hates being known as “daddy’s little girl.” I would, too, if I were her. But that’s exactly what she is. Her job comes from daddy. Her money comes from daddy’s company. Her house, which sits in the magnificent corporate compound north of Toronto that daddy built, is a stone’s throw away from daddy’s house. Her first husband was an executive in daddy’s company, and her first taste of politics was when daddy ran (unsuccessfully) for office and she knocked on doors for him. Friends say her current interest in politics was inspired by Magna’s essay-writing contest, which she administers. It awards scholarships to students who write the best essay on the topic, “If I were prime minister.” Her dad started that too.