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Monday morning political bits ‘n bytes

- I like the new Liberal ad talking about the Green Shift. It explains the policy very well, but I like it more so because Harper was sniffing at his press conference yesterday morning while announcing the election the Liberals were going to probably attack him and “go negative” to avoid talking about the Green Shift because the Liberals were too scared to talk about it. Bingo! First election ad out talks about the Green Shift (which Dion has been talking about all summer long, but Harper already knew that. He was just being his usual disingenuous self).

- Speaking of being scared, for someone who is bragging about showing “strong leadership”, Harper sure doesn’t seem strong when he and his party are apparently making noises he won’t come to the leaders debate if Elizabeth May is allowed to join the debate. Why are you scared of the leader of the 5th party, Stephen?

- Liberal MP Dan Mcteague, who is most noted for letting people know when gas prices will be going up or coming down, is going to be doing a bit of blogging himself. Dan will be touring important swing ridings in Ontario 3 days a week to discuss energy prices and Canadians abroad. The blog will highlight his travels and raise awareness of these issues through the blog. His blog can be found here, and I understand it will be updated at least once a day.

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9 comments to Monday morning political bits ‘n bytes

  • The problem with precedents is we are condemned to repeating them even when common sense says not to.

    Preston Manning probably should have been excluded from his first debate, but, at least, he had not made a deal with another party and had not endorsed another participant in the debate for leader.

    BTW, Reform went from that one member twenty years ago to become the governing party. In the same period the Green Party has not elected a single member—although one Liberal cast-off did join the party after sitting as an independent.

    She’s in, but my common sense tells me she should not be.

  • ALW

    I am indifferent about the Greens being in the debate – I’d be inclined to say they should be, except for the risk of it setting a precedent – but the argument that they should get in because they had an MP defect to the party is a non-starter. Reform elected an MP, and the Bloc elected an openly-separatist independent MP before being included in the 1993 debate. The Greens haven’t elected anyone.

  • Gayle

    I would love it if Harper refused to participate in the debates if May is included.

    How would that make him look?

    Which is why I highly doubt he would refuse to participate.

  • 16250. Russ Campbell said on September 8, 2008 at 10:27 am If Elizabeth May is included in any upcoming leadership debates it’ll make a travesty of this important election tradition. These debates should continue to be among leaders of parties with enough seats in the House to qualify as parties.”

    In that case Duceppe should not be in the debates either. Yes, he has a Party BUT they serve Quebec & only Quebec. At least the Greens have candidates throught the country.

  • Your blog is sure slow to open!

  • Dion is reported as saying that his English may not be as good as it should be, because he is a little hard of hearing, but understands the words perfectly. I hope they do not pick up on this , the way they criticized Chretien’s mouth…cruel
    I like the ad.

  • Originally Posted By Russ CampbellIf Elizabeth May is included in any upcoming leadership debates it’ll make a travesty of this important election tradition. These debates should continue to be among leaders of parties with enough seats in the House to qualify as parties.

    Sorry Russ, but that argument doesn’t hold any water. When the Reform Party had its first MP in the House back in the 1990′s, Preston Manning was allowed in the leaders debate. You have precedent for allowing a party in that doesn’t have “enough members to form a party”. Trying to use that argument is again people trying to find excuses to keep the Greens and May out of the debates.

  • If Elizabeth May is included in any upcoming leadership debates it’ll make a travesty of this important election tradition. These debates should continue to be among leaders of parties with enough seats in the House to qualify as parties.

    She can debate Peter McKay in their riding and her party’s only sitting member can debate his opposition at the local level.

    You’ve got to do the time before you go prime time, eh.

    Cheers,
    Russ

  • Joffré

    It’s a pretty good ad, but if I see that wind farm ever again, it’ll be too soon. Both Obama and McCain have used the exact same shot in their ads this year.

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