Sunday, April 10, 2011

Hors Jeu

Let's just hope the Habs aren't playing May 2nd, or we might need to reschedule the whole election:

French election debate switched to Wednesday because of Habs

OTTAWA—File this one in the only-in-Canada category.

A multi-partisan outcry has led to the rescheduling of a federal election debate so that it does not overlap with a first-round Montreal Canadiens playoff game.

So, for those keeping score at home, it's Montreal Canadiens 1, Elizabeth May 0.

Sadly, I think we missed a golden opportunity here. We could have gone ahead with the debate on Thursday, but just held it during intermissions and commercial breaks. Have the four leaders sitting around at a pub watching the game over nachos and beer (or wine for Michael, I guess), talking politics.

If anything, this would boost viewership in the debate. To keep the flow going, you'd just need to make sure the leaders used a few clever transitions:

-"Price has been great tonight - but you know what price isn't great? The $30 billion Harper is paying for fighter jets?"
-"The Bruins broke into the Canadiens' zone quickly there - almost as quick as Michael Ignatieff broke into Canada from Boston."
-"Hey guys, did I mention I was writing a hockey book?"

You know, stuff like that. We missed a great opportunity.


  • That sounds like an incredible debate and an exciting way to get a wide audience involved - I dig it.

    "Elizabeth May 0"
    I had no idea Elizabeth May's French was such a painful joke. That's an absolute factor in her exclusion.

    By Blogger Jacques Beau Vert, at 8:47 PM  

  • Michael strictly a wine drinker? Not in photo-ops, anyway. Couldn't find the one from the summer bus tour where he's wearing a baseball cap and drinking from a beer can, but there's a great shot at

    By Blogger farwestie, at 10:22 PM  

  • Canadians would learn more useful information watching the party leaders watch a hockey game than having them not answer questions and call each other names for two hours on TV.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:36 AM  

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