Musings —09.25.2015 09:38 AM—
- Okay, so here we are in Whitehorse. It’s snowing. Spent a good part of yesterday visiting former Liberal MP Larry Bagnell and current Conservative MP Ryan Leef. Nice guys, both. Story to come in next week’s Hill Times.
- Because we couldn’t see the French language debate – and because no one else in Yukon was watching it, seemingly – I opened up comments for y’all to comment. Below, a summary of your takes on what you saw heard. Bottom line: appears I didn’t miss much. Here goes.
- Jam: From an entertainment perspective it was nice having Duceppe back at the podium. He’s got such a razer sharp wit… pity he’s a seperatist.
- Michael Bluth: I think overall it was a good night for everyone but Mulcair. Harper did pick up a little ground. Trudeau performed passable. Much less arm waving. May tried. Mulcair seemed to be actively working on keeping the anger down and was at times frustrated in that.
- Christian: Didn’t watch the debate – don’t much care anymore as I think these events are now just for partisans. I’ve sadly resigned myself that we’re going to be stuck with Harper after this is all done. What we have here is almost the exact same situation as the UK election. Parties deadlocked but then the machinery of the FPTP system kicked in and rewarded splits to Cameron’s Conservatives (its also interesting that Harper now has the guy who helped Cameron win now advising him). This will I’m afraid happen again unless something big occurs allowing one of the opposition parties to surge ahead. So far that isn’t happening.
- Matt: Duceppe won the debate…………….. for Stephen Harper.
- Canadian Kate: Was struck by how close Duceppe was to Harper on many issues. Which could make the Bloq a ‘kingmaker’ if the Cons end up with a narrow minority and Duceppe actually wins some seats (not sure what the seat projections show for him.)
- Sean Cummings: I rather liked Chantal Hebert’s smackdown on Andrew Coyne during At Issue last night as opposed to the debate itself. (And local CBC radio was playing it here in Saskatoon during the morning show)
- Maps Onburt: It cracked me up that the English translator for Trudeau had the same high, squeaky voice as Trudeau – although he didn’t get the breathless part quite right.
- Bill G.: Didn’t see it, was doing life stuff. On the radio this morning thru a CTV feed, old Bobby Fife said that Mulcair and Harper pretty much sawed each other off, and, Duceppe and Trudeau were the ones who looked out of place, then, said, Trudeau looked to be the loser of this debate. Then read a few columnists who thought Trudeau and Harper did ok and Mulcair struggled. I think the only people who watch these things now are the people who already know who they are voting for.
- Bobbie: 1) we turned it off at the 48 minute mark. 2) turned it back on for the last 20 minutes. Did we miss anything? No. Not one thing. A race for second place between Mulcair and Trudeau – Trudeau doing better than Mulcair and Harper benefits from Duceppe. Election results on Oct. 19? – Trudeau becomes the official opposition, NDP third party. Harper majority.
- Matt: Let me just say I only watch it in short bursts because the translator voices were annoying. From what I did see, it seemed to me there was an internal struggle going on within Muclair to prevent Angry Tom from bursting forth. I LOL’d at Harper’s response to a question, or maybe it was a comment from May – The camera focused in on him and he simply rolled his eyes and shook his head.
- Roger X: I saw it and heard the translations, but early in the ‘debate’ Mulcair and Harper got into a finger pointing tiff standing next to each other, and it appeared that Harper got the better of Mulcair, in French too!!!
- Al in Cranbrook: PM Harper gained ground tonight in Quebec…even Hebert suggested as much. His heated exchange with Mulcair will be the topic du jour tomorrow around office coffee pots.
- Andre Goulet: What? None of you nerds watched the Grand Débat? What a huge improvement on last week’s Globe fiasco, particularly in the dignity that Patrice Roy and Yves Boisvert brought to their profession. Stark contrast to the G&M editor-in-chief’s very public act of seppuku last week. Short version: Harper: B- for keeping to his talking points and keeping his cool, Trudeau: B for appearing competent and avoiding the shrill notes he hit at the G&M debate, Mulcair B+, but just barely, for telling Quebeckers what they wanna hear and appearing prime ministerial, May: C+ for managing to hold up okay in french and getting some valid points across, Duceppe: B for being a weirdo and an authentic politician. Radio-canada: A+ for being smart and putting together a really great debate. The one-two of last week and this week’s televised debates are a great argument for a future pointing to a Consortium supremacy.
- Todd Robdon: Lamest kung fu movie ever.
And Todd wins the comment of the night! Have a good one, all. Me, I’m getting a jacket for the drive out to Carcross!