Friday, September 29, 2006

Around the Globe

The Globe & Mail had online chats today with the three candidates likely to come out of this weekend with the most delegates. For those who missed it, here are the links:

Michael Ignatieff
Bob Rae
Gerard Kennedy

I'll let people browse the transcripts themselves, although I will say that Bob Rae is going to have to do better than "I suspect many people prefer "Rae Days" to Harris years" when it comes to defending his record. (I mean, one could argue that Rae Days are the reason Ontario got those Harris years...)

(You can also find past transcripts of conversations with Brison, Volpe, Dryden, Dion, and Findlay)


  • Speaking of "Rae Days": Had an interesting chat at Hy's (Ottawa) a couple weeks ago with a fine fellow whose premise seemed to be that Rae ran Ontario during the worst recession we've ever seen.

    Apparently, to him, that's a positive. (And, I guess, the economic boom during the Harris years must be a negative on Harris. But I digress.)

    My response was that either (a) Rae's policies might have to take some of the blame for the state of that economy, or (b) the fact that Rae didn't cite a terrible economy going into his election leaves some room for revisionism (i.e. ignoring key facts) at best, and claims of ignorance (i.e. about the state of that economy) at worst.

    But that's just my own opinion.

    By Blogger Paul, at 3:58 AM  

  • "Rae ran Ontario during the worst recession we've ever seen."

    But of course Rae caused the recession with his policies. The US had two quarters of economic slowdown, Ontario had four years of economic slowdown. Neil Reynolds did a column on how this was due to Rae's tax policies.

    By Blogger nuna d. above, at 11:40 AM  

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