Boring is good. That’s what Jim Flaherty said about his last budget, and it’s obviously what Prime Minister Stephen Harper decided about his second finance minister.
Joe Oliver isn’t the most exciting figure in national politics. He’s not the best salesperson or Commons debater in the Tory ranks. He’s respected inside cabinet for his competence, but not known for his compelling TV interviews. It doesn’t seem like the resumé for selling next year’s pre-election budget.