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How did revealing the Green Shift early work out, media?

My interpretation of the  Toronto Star’s editorial this morning commenting on Ignatieff’s closing speech to Liberal delegates would be this:

“We’re disappointed Michael Ignatieff did not reveal his full election platform at the convention to give us something to write about at this thoroughly boring (read: non-controversial) Convention”

I’ve seen others in the media grumbling about this as well. For consistency sake, I  hope the same pundits will be critical of Harper for not revealing policy on the media’s preferred time schedule, but somehow, I suspect I’m expecting too much from them.

9 comments to How did revealing the Green Shift early work out, media?

  • Kuri

    Echoing RWW, shouldn’t there have been policy resolutions that define the party policy (and at least some of the platform)? If y’all weren’t choosing a leader and y’all weren’t voting on policy, what the hell were those silly Liberals doing in Vancouver? Finding at least a few clues as to the platform shouldn’t be that hard!

  • Ti-Guy

    Don’t blame the media for jumping Dion on the Green Shift.

    I can and I will. The constant refrain that “Canadians don’t understand it,” not to mention the free publicity they gave the Conservatives for their stupid “Oily the Splot” campaign was insulting and paved the way for another six months of the media avoiding discussions of policy.

    Besides, many seem to have forgotten that Dion was operating on the assumption that the next election was going to be over a year away, because…well, that’s the law. There would have been a whole year of debate around that initiative, which was, at that point, just an idea. And a bold one at that.

    Now what have we got? “The Lesser Evil.” Whoopee!

  • MoS

    Don’t blame the media for jumping Dion on the Green Shift. That was a massive political blunder by Dion. A cash-strapped, opposition party doesn’t have the wherewithall to advance that sort of initiative. It’s far too costly and time-consuming to lay the public information groundwork necessary for a successful launch. Only a party in power with the full resources of government can effectively undertake something that ambitious and groundbreaking. We completely lacked all the essential resources to introduce that sort of policy and we can hardly fault the media, or Harper or the NDP, for clubbing us over the head with our mistakes.

  • rww

    What happened to the idea of political parties establishing their polices and platforms at conventions. Didn’t the Liberal Party just hold one.

  • Ti-Guy

    the media should be consistent on this point and push all political parties to disclose their policy intentions to the public so that they can be debated rigourously.

    Bad idea. With a whole generation of people who think fact-free debates are how one becomes informed about something, it’s best for the Parties to remain completely silent. That gives the media nothing to comment on and in the absence of uninformed opinion, actual reporting might stand out and grab the attention of the hopelessly distracted public.

    Of course, I have no hope of that happening, but still…one can dream.

  • One of the most frustrating parts of the last election was the Conservatives’ steadfast refusal to release a platform until moments before the election. You are absolutely right: the media should be consistent on this point and push all political parties to disclose their policy intentions to the public so that they can be debated rigourously.

  • Presumably, there won’t be anything in this new platform quite as controversial as the Greenshift. Presumably, what IS in there will be explained clearly to and defended more ably by party luminaries.

    Not that I necessarily think Iggy should release material now. Just that Dion and the GS are not definitive as to what must unfold when this happens.

  • MoS

    A little jet lagged Scott?

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