So who won the first Federal Election Debate? POLL – April 13, 2011 – Cornwall Ontario

So who won the first Federal Election Debate?  POLL – April 13, 2011 – Cornwall Ontario

Cornwall ON – So who do you think won the English Canadian Federal Election debate?   I’m not sure anyone did, but if I were scoring points I’d probably give it to Gilles Duceppe which has a certain Canadian kind of irony to it.

Who Won The First Federal Election Debate?

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There were no major surprises.   The only leader to really lose there cool was Michael Ignatieff twice towards Jack Layton which I’m sure appealed to some soft Tory’s who thought Iggy a bit limp.   Here is a link to our live coverage and wrap up.  LINK

Jack Layton gets extra kudos for putting in a good performance in spite of his political situation and his own physical ailments.

And yes, I’ll even tip my hat to Prime Minister Harper to sticking to his game book and staying in his bubble of fictions.   He played a very safe game of defense, trying to preserve his lead in the polls  which would make Habs coach Jacques Martin very proud.

Here is a  You Tube clips from the evening.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYEilQOhw3k

So Canada, what do you think about the debate? You can post your comments below.

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Ken McMillan
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Ken McMillan

I was surprised how nervous Stephen Harper was in the debate. He also did not do much thinking, but rather touted a rehearsed, memorized party line. He seldom answered the questions posed, but skirted to a prepared script. It was interesting he did not use his attack strategies that precipitated the election in the first place. The most solid presentation through the full debate was Jack Layton. The most knock out punches went to him as well. Although, the block leader gave some good ones as well. Personally, the choices in this election boil down, in English Canada, to a… Read more »

Eric
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Eric

I thought Duceppe’s english was a bit worse than the last debate, but he is entertaining, gets in a few kicks and stays on Quebec first messages.

The other 3 did ok with their messages as well. The camera angles were not always the best.

Mat
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Mat

My Opinion On Who Won the English Federal Debate. #1. Jack Layton: Who I thought spoke the best in describing the issues concerning our country and speaking about his platform which addresses significantly the top social issues plaguing today’s Canada. He also had the best zingers. #2. Michael Ignatieff: Although he didn’t have the same poise as Jack Layton, he still gave a very solid and spirited performance showing how his party still gives Canada, as a whole, the greatest balance and hope for our democratic society, by preventing another conservative minority. He especial was most successful at showing how… Read more »

Donna
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Donna

Why is it, no-one ever asks Harper about his plan of, Global Governance for Canada? Everyone present were really shocked by Harper’s words. If Harper wins a majority, we can kiss Canada good-bye. I don’t know quite who to vote for yet, it sure in the hell won’t be Harper. I may vote to keep someone out, rather than to keep Harper in. I too did not like the low blow of, insulting Ignatieff’s family. Is Harper that stupid, he does not realize it is the immigrant families, who played a huge part of building this country. He insulted them… Read more »

Dave
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Dave

I see abunch of Liberal lovers posting here. If you vote Liberal or NDP it will be the end of Canada the way we know it. These 2 idiots will raise taxes beyond what anyone can afford and piss it away. If one of these 2 gets in I will move from the country. Harper won this debate by a mile. I wouldn’t look at the other 3 either when speaking after all the 1/2 truths they presented to the public. Why look crooks in the eye, it would just make me want to blacken them. You talk about the… Read more »

smee
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smee

Donna
Which debate did you watch *lol*

Reg
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Well Dave, have fun in the States. The bridge is at the bottom of Brookdale.

Smee, we all know you live in your own little world so we could never guess which debate or even which year you were seeing.

Carl
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Carl

Never trust any man with neatly coiffed hair

Eric
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Eric

Mat, I believe Mr. Harper said the tax cuts were not in his budget. That is not a lie, they were voted on in Parliment a couple of budgets ago. No matter the politician, you really need to listen to what they are saying. Mr. Iggy for example has said he would not be forming a coalition. That does not mean he is not open to the concept. Mr Cretien leading to an election said ” the GST, gone!” We know that did not happen. Ignatieff called the tax cuts “give aways” during the English debate, that alone is proof,… Read more »

PJ Robertson
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PJ Robertson

Never trust anyone who avoids eye contact when he is speaking, and whose smile is merely a rearrangement of his mouth.

Danika
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Danika

All you Harper lovers should give your head a shake the man has proven time and time again that if given a majority he would destroy this country – it would no longer be called Canada if would be called the country of Harper just like his letterhead that he makes everyone use saying the Harper Government instead of the Government of Canada. Has he not shown his disdain and lack of respect for this country by using American style attack ads against his opponents; abusing the trust given to him in the House of Commons (the Canadian peoples’ elected… Read more »

Mich
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Mich

Thank you DANIKA!!!
Very well said.

PJ Robertson
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PJ Robertson

Yes indeed, Mich. Contempt of Parliament means contempt of all Canadians. How can any self-respecting citizen of Canada vote for Harper?

Eric
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Eric

Well PJR, how can any self respecting citizen vote without real information? I have not heard any Liberals boasting about how much better their party can do things better. All we seem to get is the same liberal newspaper headlines from people wearing out the mouse and copy / paste feature of the computer. I would like more detail on the ” family pack” specifically how it is any better than what we already have from programs in existance. Of course I would like to see some cost figures, not just cancel the military planes, which have not been ordered… Read more »

smee
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smee

First of all people, being found in contempt of Parliament is not a criminal act nor do people go to trial on this. Danika please understand our system before you make judgment, errors of that magnitude so early in a post makes it difficult to continue objectively. Not to mention calling with holding detainee information a war crime, it may be bad judgment but nothing more. Consider in the end, did we find any wrong doing when the reports were made public? Harper was found in Contempt of Parliament, on what grounds? Can anyone define what the accusation is all… Read more »

Reg
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Just for Smee…..once again I have to do your homework for you. “Contempt of Parliament Definition Contempt of Parliament is defined as the act of blocking the House or any Member of Parliament from performing their duties. Those actions can include: – Lying to a committee or House of Parliament – Refusing to testify before a committee or produce documents necessary to an investigation – Influencing a Member of Parliament (MP) through means such as bribery and threats. In Canada the power to find someone in contempt of Parliament goes back to the British North America Act (BNA). The BNA… Read more »

Furtz
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Furtz

If Harper could only win a minority when up against Dion, what hope does he have now? It’s still way too early to call , but the Cons are looking pretty shaky right now.

smee
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smee

Jamie, if the opposition was unable to prepare the report in time, then maybe it was not an issue.

Reg, the words you use are clearly a personal interpretation.. And may I suggest you review a little deeper then wikepedia

Cornwall Harry
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Cornwall Harry

Absolutely right Reg. It ended in a vote of Non-Confidence and the government was dissolved. Hence the end of the story. It stopped right there! It became a “non-issue”. It’s over and is behind us now! Move on guys…..

Reg
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Smee if you had bothered to even look up the Wikipedia reference you would see that the definition that I quoted did not come from there. I am getting tired of doing your work for you. By the way, when a statement is bracketed by quotes are used that means it is a direct quote not an interpretation. The quote I used was from http://www.suite101.com/content/in-contempt-of-parliament-and-the-harper-government-a361880 . Wikipedia defines Contempt of Parliament as: “In many jurisdictions governed by a parliament, Contempt of Parliament is the offence of obstructing the parliament in the carrying out of its functions, or of hindering any… Read more »

Danika
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Danika

smee – I appreciate your input and to have a truly democratic society everyone should have the right to say what they feel. Unfortunately, I wholly disagree with your opinion, which is well within my right and your comment stating that I should understand our system before I make a judgment is completely inappropriate. You do not know me or my background and quite frankly when you make assertions like that, it leads me to beleive that you maybe a narrow minded person who has the belief in his/her own superiority (without the proper foundation for it from what I… Read more »

smee
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smee

Well stated Stan, as for the act I agree it is done now move on.

My issue now is how people interpret what has happened. It shows a definite lack of understanding and knowledge of our systems. It is a scary situation.

That ignorance is how we as Canadians continually get horn swaggled into bad leadership.

You cannot run a country on empathy, it is a good idea but just doesn’t work.

Joe Doesalotablow
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Joe Doesalotablow

Jack Layton is using a crutch because Mr. Harper railed him so hard.

smee
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smee

A .com sight, try a .ca sight Reg They tend to illustrate what the law is about, and not the media interpretations of what happened as the sight you posted. It is comparable to Wikipedia, when you post, Wikipedia is the first place I review to compare to what you posted. Reg Please try and answer how the opposition now knows the costs of the planes and prisons if the costs were not released prior to the contempt charge. Why was the opposition unable to provide the documentation in time to peruse Oda with the contempt charge??? Danika Your opinion… Read more »

Reg
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As long as the Con-cons keep harping about Iggy working in the US, the rest of us can and should keep talking about the CONTEMPT OF PARLIAMENT. Working in the US is hardly comparable to CONTEMPT OF PARLIAMENT. I worked in the US and I don’t think it makes me any less of a Canadian and I would never even consider being in CONTEMPT OF PARLIAMENT. As a matter of fact living in the US makes you appreciate the Canadian parliamentary system of democracy even more.

CONTEMPT OF PARLIAMENT- CONTEMPT OF PARLIAMENT – CONTEMPT OF PARLIAMENT

Furtz
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Furtz

It’s not just Harper’s contempt of Parliament. It’s also his contempt of Canadians. He will only answer five questions a day during this campaign! What the hell does that tell us? Why is he so afraid of questions?

Reg
Guest

Smee, I see Canada every day when I look at my window and drive down the highways. If you are referring to a web site then a lot of web sites are both .ca and .com, as is my own web site. As far as your request for information on the costs of the planes….do your own research. Read a newspaper, do a web search, something, anything. The information you believe is all partisan. The conservatives lie so much about costs and budgets and the distribution of our tax dollars you can’t believe anything they say or write.

The Watcher
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The Watcher

Smee,

Your opinion is not what is in question, but the merit of said opinion. Even in a democracy you need to have merit in what you accuse others of being or not being. Other than that it could be misinterpreted.

smee
Member
smee

Stay the course Reg, empty responses and redirecting questions. It shows a continuous lack of insight and intellect.
I think people should have to pass an exam before given the opportunity to vote.

Reg
Guest

So is this the new agenda from the Conservatives, only Con-cons should vote. How very democratic of you. But then they have been depending on voter apathy to get back into power haven’t they.

Sorry Smee, insults or not, I’m not going to do any more of your work for you.

Furtz
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Furtz

@ Reg. You should feel relieved that Smee hasn’t accused you of being “ignorent”.
Coming under Smee’s scrutiny would be a daunting experience, for sure.

Stan
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Stan

Reg you said to smee “I see Canada every day when I look at my window”. Do you look at your window from the inside or the outside?

Thorin
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Who won? Depends which type of thug you prefer.

smee
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smee

Non Compos Mentis says
Reg has confused his mirror for his window. Remember he is from Cornwall and though there are some great people in the city, we are only defined by what people see of the city in the press and of course the what about me attitude that has brought the area such prosperity.

It is so amazing how some people in Cornwall can define themselves as they are perceived by the rest of Canada so succinctly.

Reg
Guest

Alright, I admit I should have used the word “out” instead of “at”. I look out my window to see the sights of my neighborhood. Thank you for correcting my grammar. No matter what language you communicate in, if you don’t use correct grammar or spelling people will only see the mistakes and not the message.

Reg
Guest

Sorry Smee, but I live in Ingleside. Now that you have insulted the majority of people who live in Cornwall, are you going to take a shot at South Stormont too?

Roy Berger
Member

Who won the debate? If there was a Bloc Quebecois candidate in Cornwall I would vote Bloc. Not because I’m a Separatist but because I don’t have anything but contempt for Parliament.