Hat tip to TGB
After so much effort from the Greens to ensure all Canadians can hear an inclusive debate, what the Conservatives are doing now is absurd and frustrating. So the Cons are behaving typically. Will the media let them get off? Yes, history shows.
Of course, the less the Prime Minister says, the less he gets in trouble.
By doing this, the Prime Minister’s Office is sending a clear signal to legacy media platforms that their old way of doing debates is done. By proactively taking that initiative, it looks like Team Harper is attuned to the times – and voter interests.
-JAIME WATT of Navigator (Firm that dropped Jian Ghomeshi)
Why voters would be interested in the Prime Minister dictating what sort of debates there will be for him to participate in, is beyond me.
Why endure the whole thing when you can catch a recap of the highlights by waiting a short period of time?
Because people don’t speak in sound bites except on Twitter, Mr. Watt. Real life happens first, and media cuts down what’s real into what is presentable for those short periods of time they ironically call “news”.
As you probably know, “Fair and Balanced” is the Fox News tagline that exists to trick the more easily fooled into thinking that’s what their actual objective is.
Check out today’s story from the Vancouver Observer about “@FairQuestions”, a Conservative friendly researcher who took thousands of dollars in speaking fees from oil companies and testified for Conservative ends in Parliament. This, after being connected to lucrative oil money roles through Senator Duffy.
The $10,000 fees were paid by the Association for Mineral Exploration of BC (AMEBC), Canadian Energy Pipelines Association (CEPA) and Taseko Mines between March 22nd and June 6, 2012. The Inuvik Petroleum Show paid $6000 for a June 21 appearance, along with Amanda Lang and Ezra Levant.
The B.C. mining group also appeared to go out of its way to pay her.
“We usually don’t have fees,” said John Buchanan, Director of Communications and Public Affairs of AMEBC. “It’s a professional opportunity. It’s a way for speakers to give back to their industry.”
www. ezralevant. com/protecting_canadas_future has a video of Krause on Levant’s former Sun News show.
ADDED: One of the most disturbing points in the video is when Krause says she thinks the debate has been skewed because big money from the cities is drowning out small voices in rural Canada, and that funding should be “out in the open”.
Last Alberta election it was the ridiculously wrong polling that was the news story.
Then the Wild Rose Party leader switched inexplicably to the PCs, and blew up her political chances in the next few decades. And then the polling was right (or led to the unexpected outcome) and the Alberta NDP are now a majority government.
The PC’s solution to relinquishing power for the first time in decades involves a lot of paper shredders to cover up corruption and make the job more difficult for the incoming NDP.
A friend of mine a couple weeks ago asked me if I’d heard was was going to happen in Alberta. I said no. He said, it’s going to be an NDP majority government. I was skeptical. The day of the election I guessed an NDP minority, at best.
The amount of wounded people talking of moving just because one non-violent political party replaced another, is seriously messed up.
A few closing thoughts on what was an amazing night on Twitter where no disaster took place, aside from the implosion of the PCs, and Prentice’s petulant, post-electoral resignation:
“Canada had long been a proponent of harmonizing our climate-change policy with the U.S. until the U.S. started to fight climate change.”
First it was the “Made in Canada” scam plan (that never appeared). Then it was, “We will act when our American partners do.” Now that Americans are acting, it’s exposed the climate denial-ism of the Conservative Party.
So what happened? Why has the government suddenly changed course? The reality seems to be that harmonization has just been an excuse the federal government used to justify doing nothing, and then quickly abandoned as soon as it meant doing something.
“Apparently, the government is now looking for today’s climate laggard to harmonize with.”
– “Tim Gray is executive director of Environmental Defence.”
There are opportunities to support journalism in Canada that doesn’t take millions from the oil industry and the oil-soaked Conservative government.
Had you heard that the Conservative Party communicated with Enbridge, in secret, through Mike Duffy? If you don’t watch independent journalism online, you might miss important news like that.
The National/Vancounver Observer and CanadaLand are two independent media outlets in our country who can tell you the real story, because their funding doesn’t come from CAPP/Enbridge, and the Conservative government.
Think also about how Mike De Souza was laid off from Postmedia, after his reporting on the oil industry was about the only reason to read the National Post.
Most Canadians are opposed to a coalition government. Presently the only party with the word “coalition” in its founding documents is the Conservative Party of Canada, and yes it’s true as Trudeau said today, that most Canadians are opposed to the Conservative government.
The problem is, if you have a real conversation with Canadians, you’ll learn they aren’t really opposed to a coalition government, they are just afraid of political instability they’ve associated with coalition and proportional representation electoral systems. They’ll unfailingly mutter about Italy having so many elections, and overlook the countries with proportional systems that are not unstable, and have better social programs and democratic participation than Canada manages.