Tag Archives: Ontario Election 2012

Debating the Debate

Not sure that anyone gives a toss, but here’s a panel of “experts” TVO rounded up to discuss who “won” and “lost” last night’s leadership debate.

If nothing else, it’s always somewhat fascinating to witness how the impressions of people operating in these kinds of political “spin zones” are affected by their own predispositions and sentiments. Especially so if one doesn’t have a dog in the fight and therefore can presumably view the event with a greater degree of objective detachment.

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Ontario Leadership Debate

Shorter version: Blah, blah, blah, blah…

I have to confess to finding these “debates” to be incredibly tiresome affairs. After listening to an hour and a half of dubious promises and contradictory gainsaying by the various leaders, one doesn’t really come away feeling better informed. But maybe that’s just me… Perhaps your impressions of the debate are different.

H/T: Blazingcatfur, who is doing a stellar job these days of posting content on YouTube from Sun News. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but I enjoy listening to alternative opinions.

Update: An impressionistic recap of the debate…

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Ontario Election: Economic Realities

Another fascinating TVO discussion about the Ontario election, this time pivoting off some disparaging comments made several weeks ago by former Bank of Canada governor David Dodge in regards to political leadership with respect to prospects for the province’s economy…

Dodge slammed all three Ontario political leaders. Each, he warned, is promoting “impossible” economic plans that unrealistically promise lower taxes and improved services for a province that he believes is facing a shrinking tax revenue base.

“Whoever wins will be seen to have lied to the public,” he told the Globe.

As a former Ontarian occasionally tuning in to the election from another province, it’s interesting to contrast thoughtful discussions such as this at the “macro” level of things with the barking mad rhetoric and petty sniping of bloggers more closely invested with the political contest.

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