Thursday, June 11, 2009

Vancouver Interviews: Scott Brison on the Economy

Last week I posted my interview with Ralph Goodale on western alienation.

Today, my video interview with Scott Brison on the economy, including what the Liberals would have done differently, free trade, and relations with China.

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6 Comments:

  • Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of Conservatives?...Only THE SHADOW knows!

    Better than most, I would say, considering that Brison WAS a Progressive Conservative (albeit a very red TORY) MP...he even ran for the leadership at one time. So I do have a hard time swallowing his pronouncements on the historical virtures of the Liberal party.

    Pretty much a boilerplate interview, I'm afraid. I didn't hear anything new, or gain any insight on Scott Brison's character OR the Liberal Party

    By Blogger Party of One, at 3:01 PM  

  • What is it about Liberals and lack of production values? I realize you're not on the payroll and not a trained cameraman, obviously, but when you go to the effort of lining up an interview with a prominent figure in national politics, maybe lighting and sound issues should have at least been given minimal consideration. Notwithstanding the above, I read you religiously!

    By Anonymous Finnegan, at 5:18 PM  

  • I asked to OLO to co-ordinate it...hence the production values...

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 5:52 PM  

  • CG: LOL!

    By Anonymous Finnegan, at 10:44 AM  

  • Actually Brison could not properly be called a Red Tory at all. While he was a social liberal, he was quite right-wing on economic issues. While some consider that the definition of a Red Tory, that would be in terms of the overall political spectrum. Brison was on the right side of the PC Party on economic issues.

    By Blogger Reality Bites, at 8:49 PM  

  • Thank you RB for restoring my faith in my fellow Canadians. Red Toryism, like Social Credit is a distinctly Canadian ideology (well okay Red Toryism is just our version of classical conservatism).

    It is an ideology rooted in helping the less fortunate and social engineering aimed not at building an equal society, but at preventing revolution, and a sense of noblesse oblige.

    Red Toryism is also rooted in the hearty anti-Americanism employed most notably by John A, Robert Borden, R B. Bennett and the Dief.

    Of course its core issues (opposition to free trade and integration with the US) became less viable or salient over time. Thus the modern Red Tory tends to define themselves largely by:
    1. being a fuddy duddy
    2. respect for the Queen, and Canada's traditional institutions
    3. phrases like "community of communities"
    4. Have a nation-building notion of a "big Canada" (eg. Dief's northern vision, or John A's sea to sea to sea)

    Without the proper use of the term, how else can we quickly explain Joe Clark, David Orchard or Ken Dryden (I know he is a Liberal, but he is sooo a red tory).

    PS: Peter Mackay is not a Red Tory. Michael Chong is probably the best example still in the federal Conservative Party.

    By Blogger hosertohoosier, at 6:09 PM  

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