Sunday, December 04, 2005

a smattering of notes

Been a bit busy lately, so the posts have been sparse. My last couple entries seemed a bit ... erm ... cranky.

- Layton's tariffs -

Layton proposed slapping export tariffs on energy exports to the United States until the US buckles on the softwood lumber dispute. This would cost him seats in Alberta, if he had any there to lose.

Some support in Saskatchewan will likely scurry away as a result of the announcement, but he should be able to pick up more support in critical British Columbia where this message will be better received.

Now there is just that whole tricky issue of whether or not the idea actually has any merit ...

... but promising to apply sanctions to Florida orange juice just doesn't have the same kind of "getting tough" oomph.

- Green debates -

The election funding rules were changed by the governing Liberals on January 1st, 2004. Any political party receiving in excess of 2% of the vote nationally is now receiving public funding. It is worth considering that it may be problematic to consider a party significant enough to fund with taxpayer dollars, but not significant enough that they should be allowed to present their message to those same taxpayers.

Ultimately, however, it is up to the networks. And it seems that they've made their decision, and the Green Party will not be involved this year.

The debate format has also been changed. There will be four debates, two in english and two in french. Each debate will consist of four questions, and each leader given an opportunity to answer.

Thankfully, this time around, the microphones of those candidates not answering a given question will be shut off, forcing each to speak in turn. That alone should make the events more watchable than the 2004 all-at-once bicker-fest.

- conservative campaign -

Outdated turtleneck look aside, overall the Conservative Party is running a much smoother campaign this time around. A single, clear policy announcement each day. Setting the message and story. A bit of a slip-up with the bungling of the "Do you love Canada?" question, perhaps, but otherwise a solid effort (sure you can argue that it was a dumb question or a planted question. Whatever it was, it was a softball with an obvious answer.)

Has Stephen Harper taken to dyeing his hair?

There has been some speculation that the announcements are coming out sooner than the CPC had planned to make them, perhaps to "change the channel" (to use a Solbergism) from the SSM story of the first day. But whether it was the initial strategy, or simply a way of rolling with the punches, it is coming off well.

The question now is whether that momentum is sustainable to the end of the campaign, with the policies being revealed in these early days.

Speaking of the Same Sex Marriage story of the first day, I wrote at the time:
"it seems [Harper]'s gone a step further and is willfully firing those bullets into his own head."
That sentiment was humourously illustrated in this morning's edition of The Ottawa Citizen. A blank looking Harper fires a bullet labeled "Same Sex Issue" clear through his head from his "Election Starter Pistol". I'll link to it once/if it becomes available online.

- hazards of the political beat -

In the confusion of excited supporters, reporters rushing off to file their stories and Conservative staffers scurrying to lend a hand, Kitchener-Waterloo Record reporter Philip Jalsevac, reliably described as a middle-aged and unassuming man, "lunged" -- as one Tory described it -- at Mr. Harper with his tape recorder. Like Kevin Costner in The Bodyguard, a burly officer manhandled Mr. Jalsevac into submission. It took just a few moments for Mr. Harper's communications team to recognize the error, and Mr. Jalsevac was ushered into a private room for his scheduled interview with the campaigning Conservative chief.
Whoops!
National Post story here

- public vs private -

Jack Layton was asked yesterday by a Vancouver radio talk show host whether he and his wife, Olivia Chow, would use a private clinic should Chow, say, require a hip replacement.

Hmm. Keeping in mind that Olivia Chow used exclusively the public system in her battle with cancer, I'm thinking that this one answers itself.

The issue of private clinics is on people's minds in BC, as the first private clinic in the province recently opened. Doctors and specialists will see you for $1,200 up front, and $2,300 yearly thereafter.

- another blog -

Martin speechwriter Scott Feschuk has a pretty funny blog that he is writing while on the campaign trail. You can check it out here.

4 Comments:

At 1:54 AM, Blogger Bobby said...

Hi williamNPH, I was just out blogging and saw your post on information database. I find it amazing how much time people put into all there blogs. Posting information on things like information database, politics, news, or just whatever. Man I love the net!

 
At 7:26 AM, Blogger Laurent said...

Check out Politishirt.com
Politically incorrect... with style!

 
At 2:11 AM, Blogger TonyGuitar said...

No Captain wants to command a sunken ship. Belinda crosed to board the Titanic and it sank but be darned if she didn't claw aboard a lifeboat, now will that bit of luck ever make it to shore?
Brian Tobin is a contender, but the ship has to be salvaged first.

Renewal of the Liberal Party?

First, the question of facing the courts. A minimum of 10 $billion of our money has been syphoned off. Liberals should pay fair penalties for that.

Starving health care and education to create a surplus does not imply the right to stuff pockets with some of that budget surplus.

34$million in debt and who knows how much in penalties and fines that may also become due.

Re-think for Liberals: Liberals are infested with crooks. Those crooks must be seen to walk the plank, otherwise one can not expect to regain Canadian voter respect.

Liberal popularity is still spiraling downward and that will continue as the public learns of the full list of rip - offs.

List of 218 *Low Points*, Toronto Sun by Linda Williams
January 22nd

Different list of 200+
BendGovernment

Canadians were aware of Adscam and a scam here and there. Wait for the backlash when they learn about the much wider scope of fraud these lists represent.

When the MSM*s fear Harper trick is better understood, there should be a backlash there also.

Rocky roads ahead for Liberals. TG

 
At 11:01 AM, Blogger Aaliyah Hannah said...

Green is good.

 

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