Cornwall ON – Markus Noé came to me after graduating from St. Lawrence College’s Journalism program. I decided to work with him as an intern and he showed quite a bit of talent.
After his internship he went off to Ottawa where he’s currently based and has been busy. We recently touched base and talked about the business of writing and what it takes to make it as a professional journalist of any type today.
My feelings is that you have to be consistently productive. Not every piece has to win a Pulitzer winner, but to effective you have to put out work. After more chatting we decided to put Markus to the challenge, and to my surprise and probably to his own he accepted.
Mr. Noé has to write us 28 articles in 30 days with a minimum of one per day rolling out each weekday. Please comment as we both want to see how the public responds to his work!
With that said here’s is Markus’ first piece in the challenge where he shows some of his political colours 😉
Harper Celebrates Five Years in Power: “We’ve been faithful, we’ve kept their trust and we’ve delivered.”
After being on the outside looking in for the better part of two decades, the Conservatives found the issue they needed to unseat the Liberals. Harper was unrelenting with his attacks on the Liberals over the sponsorship scandal which gained him the attention and the trust he needed by Canadians.
These attack ads have not been his only success as Prime Minister, even though these ads have essentially crippled the influence of three Liberal leaders. He was given a thumbs up for his policies that have seen Canadians through the recession by Canada’s Auditor General. This forces even the toughest Conservative critics to acknowledge his enormous feat.
As the entire world continues to struggle from the recession that hit in late 2007, Canadians continue to chug along. Take into account our neighbours to the south for a moment. Their suffering from a substantial 10% employment rate and a housing crash that has seen half the population of Detroit disappear within the last four years.
Canadians originally avoided this nightmare because of the Liberals decision back in the 90s not to give our banks the same freedoms that the Americans enjoyed. However it was the actions of Harper with his stimulus plan and his budget cuts, which has allowed Canadians to continue on virtually unaffected by one of the biggest recessions in history.
Stephen Harper is a goal oriented man who has an incredible stubbornness and unwillingness to work with the other parties. At this point and time who can blame him for these qualities, because so far he has been right in most of his decisions and Canadians have been the better for it. It is these qualities that have made him such and affective Prime Minister during his first two terms.
Harper will most likely call an election this spring and seek his elusive majority government; the question is will his aggressive tactics continue to work? The recession will not be a front and center issue as it was during the last election. The major issue for this election could very well be his controversial “tough on crime” policies. These policies has seen more and more people being convicted of crimes and imprisoned, which has rapidly increased our prison population.
No matter what the key issue of this election will be, we know by now that the Conservatives will fight it tooth and nail. However will this be the election that the other parties finally match their intensity?
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