Musings —03.22.2016 07:11 AM—
Allow me the alliteration: it feels like all that there is to smile about, as we start March 22, 2016.
So, I listened to CBC Radio, as I do every morning, and I found myself wondering about the choices they had made. The mass murder in Brussels – with 30+ dead, and about a 100 gravely hurt) topped the newscast, but today’s federal budget was close behind. Then there was an analyst predicting that Bombardier would get its $1 billion, even though it is still “outsourcing” Canadian jobs to places like Mexico. And then, of course, there were stories that bypass all of that: basketball, traffic, the weather.
It’s not like this sort of dilemma doesn’t happen every day, of course. I will always recall listening to CBC Radio on the morning of 9/11, and how the discussion was with Chuck Strahl, talking about something in Ottawa – just as the world was ending for some 3,000 people in New York City.
Choices are hard, I guess. So what would you do, if you were today running a news outlet somewhere? What would you lead with?
- Brussels: On the one hand, the death toll is very high, the attack was apparently meticulously planned, and Belgium is a nation well-known to many Canadians. On the other hand, it is regrettably something that happens a lot, these days, and it is happening far away. Oh, and (forgive me for stepping out of my neutral stance, and openly detesting this sort of soulless relativism) you are far more likely to be killed by a runaway train than a terrorist.
- Budget: On the one hand, it is the first budget of the new Liberal government, and it will dramatically change the fiscal approach of the past decade – and it will (reportedly) mean a lot to First Nations and provinces. On the other, it is just another budget – one that is mostly leaked in advance, and whose measures have little to no effect on the day-to-day lives of ordinary people.
- Bombardier: On the one hand, it is probably much more fiscally revealing than the budget, it will advance federalism in Quebec, and it has ample precedent. On the other hand, it is an actual scandal – it puts Quebec before the West, it throws good money after bad, and it doesn’t even guarantee that jobs stay here.
- Bypass: Who knows? There is nothing I can do about any of it. I prefer People magazine and Grey’s Anatomy. I am an ostrich.
- UPDATE: And now, Rob Ford has passed away. Incredible. Good luck getting your budget even noticed, Mr. Morneau.
So, a poll. Vote now, vote often, etc. What would you do?