While this disturbing, but hotly awesome piece of video is going viral it shows a few things about politics in Canada in 2015.
One that the Harperites are extremely unhappy with the Mike Duffy saga; not so much for what Duffy did, but for how it’s played out.
Does any reasonable Canadian really believe that Stevie H knew nothing about any of the Duffy mess? Is Nigel really that religious? He’s a lawyer for freaking sake and from we’ve researched a darn good one. Every answer, every act is measured including his taking the fall for the mess.
News outlets pay over $12,000 per week, plus hotel and expenses to cover the Conservative campaign. They are permitted to ask only a few questions of their choosing each day. Is that Democracy at work?
The real scandal at the end of the day has nothing with what Mike Duffy, or any other senator did, but the way in which Mr. Harper’s government has covered it up and handled it, but has he really done anything different than any other politician would do?
It politics it’s not considered bad form to lie, but it is to get caught, especially if you handle it as badly as Mr. Harper’s government has.
What we see in that lovely and charming gentleman in the video above is the reality in today’s politics and that’s politicians don’t want to answer questions unless one of their team wrote it and it’s coughed up by one of the loyal.
That’s not honest and there’s no integrity to that.
Here’s a germane example. I was allowed access and interviewed Justin Trudeau at one point. After asking the question in this video below regarding Marc Emery I was cut off. Nada access. Not even an email response from his team or himself.
Thomas Mulcair? Yup, the same.
I went from personal tours and chats to nothing right after the Olympia Theatre gig during the last election. I’m not even sure there was an exact offense?
Politicians can be fickle.
Stephen Harper? His guy told me to go @*U_ myself the first and only time I asked for an interview. It was the most honest answer I got from a politician’s rep in six years so he gets chops for that.
Here in this riding all three candidates for MP are hiding from CFN. Why? Because they may not like what I write? Honestly if that’s the case then they shouldn’t run. The public deserve questions and it’s the media’s job to ask them.
If I were unprofessional or broke the rules in interviews perhaps they’d get some sort of free pass, but here was the last interview I did with Bernadette Clement at the meeting where she made her announcement to run for MP.
“It’s about bringing more people into the fold.”
By um, erm, ignoring a media outlet that reaches over half of the population at least once per month? And yes, in the video she is caught again saying that she would take a leave of absence once the race started (as I type this she’s at the AMO conference in Niagara Falls while blaming Stephen Harper for not taking her leave of absence as promised)
Was she asked any curve ball questions in that interview? Was she asked about her failings as a councilor or of her council? Chem tanks on the water front? Was she asked about her sexuality? Was she asked about a lot of things?
One of her staffers on Friday suggested that her hiding from CFN was a strategy oddly enough. I asked if it was akin to her strategy that led to her devastation in the last race for MP?
Yet she, like MP Lauzon, and the even more odd Patrick Burger of the NDP hide. In the end are they hiding from a journalist or media outlet or from the voting public? I think a reasonable person can answer that one.
Politicians have to learn to be able to answer to the public. They are spending our money and we deserve answers to questions.
Watching the MacLean’s debate it was very frustrating as important issues were not discussed.
Senate reform is not the most burning issue facing Canada.
In this riding it’s time to talk about Big Ben and the devastating Cancer rate we are seeing. Betcha not a single question is asked of them about that at their pressers, that is if they actually have any locally.
Of course the only way anything will change is if voters make that change happen. We media types are willing to do our jobs, but if we are blocked access our hands are tied.
What do you think dear CFN viewers, you can post your comments below. Yes, CFN still allows viewer comments as opposed to other media were are shutting the public out or screening the comments to mute.