Former Bloc MP sore loser

October 15, 2008

It’s harder to be gracious in defeat than in victory, but just as important. Defeated Bloc MP Vivian Barbot lost her cool yesterday night when it because obvious that Justin Trudeau got the better of her.

Le résultat n’est pas surprenant car nous sommes dans un fief libéral, dit Vivian Barbot. Nous savions que le résultat serait serré. Je ne peux pas commenter la campagne de M. Trudeau car il a été absent du comté. Moi, je ne l’ai pas vu en tout cas…

Basically, she can’t comment on the winner’s campaign because Mr. Trudeau was absent from the riding. Strange thing to say after you’ve been defeated… against a candidate who didn’t even need to campaign to beat you?


Harper’s spin leads to message dysfunction

October 15, 2008

I’m all for being gracious after winning an election and newly re-elected prime Minister Stephen Harper did the right thing yesterday by calling for cooperation between all parties.

However, saying that “we have shown that minority government can work, and at this time of global economic instability we owe it to Canadians to demonstrate this once again” was a bit rich, when this election was supposed to have been called because Parliament was allegedly dysfunctional.

So, why did we line up at the poll yesterday again?

Idiotes, all of them

October 14, 2008

Most Canadians go to the polls today to elect their 40th Parliament, after what is probably the country’s nastiest election campaign since the early 20th Century. What is most remarquable about it is the discovery by political parties that you can be much nastier on the Internet than on TV.

As usual, about 4 Canadians in 10 won’t vote, despite the incredible sums of money spent by the parties and Elections Canada to get them interested. Along with the word ‘democracy’, the 5th Century B.C. Athenians invented a word for citizens who did not get involved in the city’s political life: Idiotes.

The word survived in many languages, but somehow we lost the meaning. A shame.

2006-2008 voting shifts explained

September 17, 2008

All you election nuts, head over to Paul Adams’ demonstration of how people who voted for various parties plan to vote now. Do it right now. I hope we get updates of that table every week!

Most lively discussion on that topic on Paul Wells’ blog, who ripped off the other Paul’s charts. Data theft is the sincerest form of flattery, of course.

May’s Green Trans-Canada train tour following in the tracks of Laurier, Trudeau

September 16, 2008

No planes or buses for the Greens. Elizabeth May’s campaign will be crossing the country in a train car, instead of leaving a plume of greenhouse gases like the other leaders.

I think it’s a great idea. The Greens don’t have the money to fly around for six weeks, so they are trying to turn this limitation into an opportunity. Read the rest of this entry »

Media frames election agenda: “May the best PR win”

September 10, 2008

This  morning, a Toronto Star editorial is lamenting that “The early days of the federal election campaign have been dominated by images – mostly negative ones of Liberal leader Stéphane Dion – rather than substance.” The Globe’s headline is about process stories overshadowing policy announcements. The Ottawa Citizen’s sole front-page election text complains that there’s too much talk of gaffes and strategy in the campaign so far. Read the rest of this entry »

Caleton U faculty blogging about the election

September 9, 2008

The staff of Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication is making good use of that academic independence by blogging about the election campaign. Plenty of interesting posts in there. They set a strong collective rhythm – keep ‘em coming guys! Read the rest of this entry »