Cornwall ON – As I watch the headlines pass by on Twitter and read my daily round of media I’m astounded by the sour grapes attacking of the new rookie NDP MP’s.
Astounded that this would be such a huge topic to write about. Currently the target du jour is Ruth Ellen Brousseau.
Ms Brousseau allowed her name to be put up for a riding that mostly not even the NDP expected to win at the time that her name was put up.
This practice isn’t unusual. Sorta like Conservatives putting up Arab candidates in primarily Jewish ridings as few as those that exist in Canada. (Now if you want something to just take pot shots at!)
You would think that war crimes had been committed if you read some of the rhetoric being bandied about. In a way it’s quite refreshing that a large group of mostly young Canadians will have an opportunity to have some impact on how this country is run.
What it mostly says to me though is that our system is based on leadership and branding. People in Ms Brousseau’s riding didn’t vote for her; they didn’t even know who she was. They voted for the leadership offered by Jack Layton and they voted for the NDP most likely because of the message that party resonated during the campaign and I’m sure for many they simply didn’t want to support the Conservatives or Liberals, but didn’t feel that they wanted to support a Separatist party either.
I think that’s something that all political parties should consider heading forward in this new age of lightning fast communication; at least until the Harper government lets the CRTC shaft us and big ISP’s to gouge us for internet services….
Good on them; good on Canada, and good for the people of that riding who in the end will probably get better results than voting in the same old same old hand picked party candidate.
Sun News is complaining to the government about Bell blocking them from being carried. Somehow this makes me smile and feel better; not because I don’t like the Sun chain or like Bell, but in my market I’ve felt the brunt of similar behavior from our local Corus chain that likes to bully events and organizations into giving them unfair advantages and exclusivity; usually at the community’s expense.
I’ve have no problems with hard competition and scrapping it out with the big boys. As essentially a tiny operation with only a handful of contributors I’m very proud that we’ve been able to become number one online in this market in spite of the heavy competition including Corus, the Sun owned Daily, and two other media chains that have well staffed and resourced media outlets.
I hope that Sun wins this one; not because we need Fox News North, or more Conservative rhetoric jammed down our throats, but perhaps, just perhaps, this could lead to advances in the way media bullying goes on in different parts of our country.
You know you’re doing a good job when you get not one, but two media chains asking if you’d consider selling your independent news outlet and coming to work for them in the same week! It’s an amazing honour and achievement.
The new proposed WSIB regs regarding payment for owners of businesses who can’t even collect if needed is just a huge fat money grab. Our leaders have to understand that if you take away the realistic chance of small business then you better have good jobs for people. We need government to 100% eliminate red tape for small businesses until they reach the stage where they can be self-sufficient, and survive.
What do you think Canada? You can post your comments below.