Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Sorry for not commenting on the TV address(es) to the nation(s) sooner...

...there was a delay in the delivery of my blog post.

I don't have much to say about the speeches, other than this whole rumpus continues to remind me of May 2005. I kept expecting Harper to end his speech talking about how his father brought him to Parliament Hill as a child.

There was really nothing new in the speeches - they were basically 5 minute summaries of the talking points, attacks, and spin we've all spent every waking hour of the past week following intensely. In that respect, this may have been a good way to summarize the conflict for Canadians. One of the results of this whole ordeal will hopefully be a heightened understanding of our political system by the general population. I know I intend to slip the word "prorogue" into everyday conversation as much as possible over the next week or two!

Beyond that, I don't have much to say. I had a drinking game where I took a shot every time Harper said "separatist", so I was pretty tanked by the time the other leaders came on (if only I'd watched his speech in French, I'd have stayed perfectly sober!). I was hoping against hope that Harper would speak in a conciliatory tone, apologize, and offer a plan. I think that would have played well but, knowing this man, that was too much to expect.

As for Dion - good content but the webcam was a disaster. Maybe this is part of a grand fund raising plan and I'll get a letter from Doug Ferguson tomorrow saying "donate now! help us buy a camcorder!", but failing that, it was a mess-up that took away from an otherwise very well argued case.

So, tomorrow, Harper visits the Governor General. Presumably this trip is about more than looking over her vacation pictures.


  • we don't need this coalition. we need to avoid it so we can maintain the moral highground for our next leader.

    please join my facebook group if you agree:

    By Blogger Rolly, at 12:42 AM  

  • I stole this from Warren's comments section because it is just too funny:

    U.S. intelligence agencies have determined that the latest video tape of Liberal leader Stephane Dion is authentic, the White House said on Wednesday.

    "Intelligence officials do believe that the tape is authentic and that it is Stephane Dion," White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said. The recording sounded like the Coalition was "trying to recapture some lost ground," she said.

    One official said that the government is waiting for the intelligence community to further analyze the tape, and that among things analysts will be looking for are any hidden messages that might be contained in the tape. For example the book entitled "Hot Air" placed above Dion's right shoulder could be a message to his supporters.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:01 AM  

  • The other hidden message was 365 Jokes. That is what the presentation amounted to in the eyes of most observers

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:25 AM  

  • On the evidence of Dion's performance and the stunning film work I would say that we will be in safe hands when it comes to the coalition of the stupid running the country. Do you Grits really need power that badly????

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:05 AM  

  • It is truly amazing that the Liberal Party - a party that has consistently seen its share of popular support retract over the last few years - should have the unmitigated gall to presume that they have any justification for leading this country. It is the Liberal Party that has sunk this country into this political quagmire over the last forty years - hopefully you will get over yourselves and resist the temptation to make our country a banana republic. "Progressive" my ass....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:24 AM  

  • Dion sounded like a retard. He was speaking so slowly it was painful. What a joke if the Libs think they can force him on Canadians. Canadians voted and they don't want him. Keep him to yourselves.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:29 AM  

  • CG - you better change the rules of your drinking game or you won't be with us by Christmas - liver failure. Good luck with that.

    By Anonymous Michael St Paul's, at 11:06 AM  

  • CG: I'm glad to see enlightened Queens students make it a point to post on your blog. Anon-"retard" has a refreshingly superficial way of arguing. A pleasant change from all that boring thesis-antithesis nonsense.

    By Blogger Eugene Forsey Liberal, at 4:35 PM  

  • And what was it with Dion tripping over his own words, having to repeat words several times (and not for emphasis)?

    He's been asking for a do-over on the election in public. He could have had a do-over of his message and nobody would know.

    You also conveniently neglect to mention that the networks had set a deadline shortly after 7 pm, and Do-Over Dion didn't deliver until about 7:30.

    By Blogger paul.obeda@, at 5:31 PM  

  • What an outrage that Harper didnt have any Canadian flags in his address. How uncanadian he is. Shame! Shame!
    *Please note that the above comment is as stupid as what Steve said in the House this week about the coalition signing agreement*

    By Blogger ktr, at 5:49 PM  

  • I'm glad to see enlightened Queens students make it a point to post on your blog. Anon-"retard" has a refreshingly superficial way of arguing.

    Being a Queen's alumnus myself, I'm wondering why you think it's a Queen's student commenting. What fine institution did you attend, so that I may avoid sending my kids there?

    You're aware that Queen's is in Milliken's riding?

    By Blogger Möbius, at 7:34 PM  

  • Did you actually see Dion's message. I started laughing from embarassment.

    By Anonymous herringchoker, at 11:08 PM  

  • herringchoker: "I started laughing from embarassment."

    As a CPC supporter, I started laughing from relief, right after the 2nd "significant." Had to rewatch the clip to look for the (nonexistent on specifics) message.

    Don't forget this is the same guy who said, just 6 or 7 weeks ago, that he'd "have a plan in 30 days" but was arguing to take power on Monday because the current government wants to take 50 days to come up with a plan in sync with the US.

    Dumb & Dumber or what?

    By Blogger Candace, at 12:04 AM  

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