This is not going to be an ordinary election

August 31, 2008

Quote from Dimitri Soudas (who apparently hasn’t been totally silenced by his new boss’ expanding role) in the Globe and Mail:

We still expect it is going to be another minority government, but the question is, is it going to be a Liberal or a Conservative minority government.

I will leave to others the joy of pointing out how odd it is to go into an election to get a clear mandate from the people when the best you expect is another minority. My point is rather than it is a very un-electioneering thing to say just a few days before hitting the campaign trail. Usually it’s more along the lines of “we are absolutely confident Canadians will give us a strong majority, based on our accomplishments and the fact that our leader is a leader who leads.”

If such candideness continues throughout the campaign (hello, Kim Campbell) things might get very strange indeed.

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Good gosh, he’s scrumming!

August 30, 2008

Saw the PM’s Director of Communications Kory Teneycke in a live scrum on both CBC Newsworld and Réseau de l’information earlier this afternoon. He wasn’t saying anything interesting – just spinning about what happened inside 24 Sussex between the PM and Layton – but the fact that he was scrumming itself was interesting. Teneycke has been offering comments to the media regularly since he took on the job from Sandra Buckler, but to my knowledge he hadn’t scrummed live before (anybody out there can prove me wrong?).

AUGUST 31 UPDATE: Yep, Kady O”Malley confirms that, as far as she remembers (and it’s been only a month!) it was Teneycke’s first scrum. A short but very interesting discussion ensues in the comments of her blog post. Let’s now see what happens during and after the election.