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Rick Mercer offers to host 1-on-1 debate

Comedian offers challenge via Twitter, Ignatieff accepts


 

Comedian Rick Mercer has offered, via Twitter, to host a 1-on-1 debate between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff, with $50,000 going to the charity of each politician’s choice. Ignatieff has accepted the terms of the debate with a tweet saying “I’m in,” and that he would donate the proceeds to the Alzheimer’s Society. Harper has yet to respond to the debate challenge. Mercer mused on Twitter that the debate could be held at Toronto’s Massey Hall. The official debates, held by the broadcast consortium of representatives from CBC/Radio-Canada, CTV, Global and TVA, will be held on April 12 in English and April 14 in French.

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Rick Mercer offers to host 1-on-1 debate

  1. OK – so it's officially a joke now…

  2. OK – so it's officially a joke now…

  3. Way to go, Iggy. Nothing will come of this but I always thought one of Harper's weakness was his lack of a sense of humour. That and his uncontrollable need to do jerky type things will be his undoing.

  4. Way to go, Iggy. Nothing will come of this but I always thought one of Harper's weakness was his lack of a sense of humour. That and his uncontrollable need to do jerky type things will be his undoing.

  5. Mercer is as dumb as Ignatieff. It should be: 'going once, going twice…GONE! Mr. Layton?' Now we can have an INTELLIGENT debate.

    Not some econ major spewing Adam Smith/Milton Friedman fitting tax-cuts to every problem:

    inflation? tax-cut.
    recession? tax-cut.
    joblessnes? tax-cut.
    housing? tax-cut.
    earthquake infrastructure insurance? tax-cut.

    At some point, the debate has to tune out this syllable/vocabulary-challenged moron.
    .

  6. Mercer is as dumb as Ignatieff. It should be: 'going once, going twice…GONE! Mr. Layton?' Now we can have an INTELLIGENT debate.

    Not some econ major spewing Adam Smith/Milton Friedman fitting tax-cuts to every problem:

    inflation? tax-cut.
    recession? tax-cut.
    joblessnes? tax-cut.
    housing? tax-cut.
    earthquake infrastructure insurance? tax-cut.

    At some point, the debate has to tune out this syllable/vocabulary-challenged moron.
    .

  7. Team Harper totally bungled this one. This story, and his seeming ‘chickening out’, will not go away.

  8. Team Harper totally bungled this one. This story, and his seeming ‘chickening out’, will not go away.

    • Read the latest? It was the Libbies that nixed the one on one.

      • That is an outright lie.

  9. If Mercer wears a clown suit, a big red nose with big floppy shoes, i"d have no problem. Mercer is a clown who runs around thinking people actually take him seriously. He's not even a good stand up comedian.

  10. If Mercer wears a clown suit, a big red nose with big floppy shoes, i"d have no problem. Mercer is a clown who runs around thinking people actually take him seriously. He's not even a good stand up comedian.

    • He may have mellowed over the years, but I caught his live show "Show me the button… I'll push it" when he was starting out 20 years ago. Still the funniest thing I've ever seen. Tears; aching ribs; the works.

      • No, see, you're missing the point. It's like, Matt Damon is an excellent actor — you watch The Departed, True Grit, The Informant, and you realize the guy can do pretty much anything.

        But if you're a conservative, the only proper response is to "boycott" his movies (even though you secretly watch them anyway), and say "MATT DAMON" in the Team America voice when ever he comes up in conversation. It's what passes for wit and discriminating taste among people who have a deficit of both.

  11. Read the latest? It was the Libbies that nixed the one on one.

  12. The Harper Government TM flies 'No Question Air" ;0)

  13. The Harper Government TM flies 'No Question Air" ;0)

    • Responding to the long-form is voluntary, remember? And he ain't volunteering; his campaign platform is a matter of privacy…

  14. it's funny how American Iggo and the Liberals bail on a one on one debate in favour of a coalition gang up, and because we have such a useless Liberal party media , they twist it into looking like Iggo actually wants a one on one debate, which he doesn't. Iggo hiding behind the skirt of his media girlfriends. Just what you'd expect from a wussie like Igg and his media whores. Liberals like to pretend.

  15. it's funny how American Iggo and the Liberals bail on a one on one debate in favour of a coalition gang up, and because we have such a useless Liberal party media , they twist it into looking like Iggo actually wants a one on one debate, which he doesn't. Iggo hiding behind the skirt of his media girlfriends. Just what you'd expect from a wussie like Igg and his media whores. Liberals like to pretend.

    • Ignatieff agreed to a one on one AND a multi-party debate [ the usual]

      Whazimatter, can't your guy multitask?

    • Tory School 101. Deny everything, say the opposite and lie, pretent its true, make up another poll telling Canadians you have a 19 point lead, say coalition, hide from the people and reporters, say coalition again, call the other guy American while running on the republic playbook, say coalition again, hope Canadians buy it.! Pretty much sums up the week I'd say!

    • no.

    • It speaks well for your consistency the way every single part of what you've written is wrong and dishonest, but I'm truly impressed by your ability to cram in some good ol' fashioned homophobia in there too. Top marks.

    • Really, it must hurt to see your fearless leader run and hide so.

  16. Frum argues convincingly that Ignatieff, should get back to auditioning for the prime ministers job, attacks do not work.

  17. Frum argues convincingly that Ignatieff, should get back to auditioning for the prime ministers job, attacks do not work.

    • Isn't Frum the guy that advised Harper to use the Bush style attack ads? He came up with 'axis of evil' slogan for Bush but 'axes of evil' better describes Harpers Conservative, Reform, Alliance Coalition.

      • Quite true: Harper and the Reform party were both very effective "axes" that we used to slash and destroy liberals, socialists, and the Laytons of this world who are evil and must be stopped!

        • Sometimes when I read a post on a thread such as this, I cannot for the life of me figure out whether it is parody or for real………..

          • Real. I am 100% against left wingers having any power in government.

            I assume the rest of you claiming you're in favour are all fakes, of course. No real person could believe what you do.

    • No attacks don't work – negativity just makes people suspicious about your agenda. The Conservatives are sure good at attacking though. No other strategy? Can't think? Afraid the people see the truth?

  18. Ignatieff agreed to a one on one AND a multi-party debate [ the usual]

    Whazimatter, can't your guy multitask?

  19. This is all wrong.

    I want to see Harper go toe to toe with Mercer…that i would pay to see.

    Know who i'd put my money on.

  20. This is all wrong.

    I want to see Harper go toe to toe with Mercer…that i would pay to see.

    Know who i'd put my money on.

  21. He may have mellowed over the years, but I caught his live show "Show me the button… I'll push it" when he was starting out 20 years ago. Still the funniest thing I've ever seen. Tears; aching ribs; the works.

  22. Responding to the long-form is voluntary, remember? And he ain't volunteering; his campaign platform is a matter of privacy…

  23. This comment was deleted.

    • Your insecurities are showing!

  24. Tory School 101. Deny everything, say the opposite and lie, pretent its true, make up another poll telling Canadians you have a 19 point lead, say coalition, hide from the people and reporters, say coalition again, call the other guy American while running on the republic playbook, say coalition again, hope Canadians buy it.! Pretty much sums up the week I'd say!

  25. Your insecurities are showing!

  26. Isn't Frum the guy that advised Harper to use the Bush style attack ads? He came up with 'axis of evil' slogan for Bush but 'axes of evil' better describes Harpers Conservative, Reform, Alliance Coalition.

  27. Shame on CBC. To those Canadians who vote Conservative it looks like the CBC is working harder than ever to elect a Liberal government.

  28. Shame on CBC. To those Canadians who vote Conservative it looks like the CBC is working harder than ever to elect a Liberal government.

    • I was waiting for this. When the PM gets lambasted for some bone-headed action like chickening out on the debate, it always ends up being a plot by the "biased" media. The conservative conspiracy theories are starting to wear thin. By the way, you know that Sun TV tried to court Rick Mercer, right?
      http://www.torontolife.com/daily/informer/mediaoc

      Oh wait, lemme guess, Toronto Life is biased too?

      • You may think what you will, CBC is very biased. Perhaps Sun TV is more open than you think–seeing they want to higher Mercer.

    • Where in the article does it say that CBC has any involvement with this? Rick Mercer is a comedian who happens to have a show on CBC – that doesn't mean the EVERYTHING he does has or would have a CBC connection.

    • To those Canadians who aren't Conservative, we'd find your conspiracy theories and paranoia hilarious except for the fact that you think non-CPCs are that way because it's your own SOP.

  29. One can only assume the part where Rick asks Iggy for opening remarks will be subtitled "Talking to Americans"…

  30. One can only assume the part where Rick asks Iggy for opening remarks will be subtitled "Talking to Americans"…

    • And to Harper: talking down to wannabe Americans…

  31. No attacks don't work – negativity just makes people suspicious about your agenda. The Conservatives are sure good at attacking though. No other strategy? Can't think? Afraid the people see the truth?

  32. Quite true: Harper and the Reform party were both very effective "axes" that we used to slash and destroy liberals, socialists, and the Laytons of this world who are evil and must be stopped!

  33. Can there possibly be a greater sign of desperation than Mr Ig wanting to appear on tv with that icon of Canadian 'culture' Rick Mercer?

  34. Can there possibly be a greater sign of desperation than Mr Ig wanting to appear on tv with that icon of Canadian 'culture' Rick Mercer?

    • Mr Harp being afraid to?

    • Rick asked Iggy; not the other way around. Go back to practicing your spin on your Wheel of Fortune home edition.

  35. Wake up folks–CBC is trying to influence the election. Our national broadcaster no longer has my respect.

  36. Wake up folks–CBC is trying to influence the election. Our national broadcaster no longer has my respect.

    • and the PM no longer has mine….

    • Yeah, with that bastion of liberalism, Rick Mercer, who is so "biased" he was offered a job with Sun TV.
      http://www.torontolife.com/daily/informer/mediaoc

      He doesn't work for the CBC, by the way, and he hasn't proposed broadcasting the debate on the CBC either.

      • If Rick Mercer doesn't work for the CBC, then he must work for the Liberal Party. Who pays his salary–what say you.

      • "…he was offered a job with Sun TV"

        Why is that evidence of Mercer's lack of bias but not Sun TV's?

    • Like they ever did.

    • The CBC is owned by all canadians. The right wing represents 30% of Canadians and the rest, 70% are not right wing. Some left, some centrists. Their viewers are across the board and they reflect that in their news. The CTV on the other hand is privately owned by right wingers and may I remind you, produce tory senators. The most biased news in Canada is CTV and their party of choice is Conservative. Where else would you hear a 'reporter' defend Harper from talking to reporters?

  37. That is an outright lie.

  38. Sometimes when I read a post on a thread such as this, I cannot for the life of me figure out whether it is parody or for real………..

  39. and the PM no longer has mine….

  40. I was waiting for this. When the PM gets lambasted for some bone-headed action like chickening out on the debate, it always ends up being a plot by the "biased" media. The conservative conspiracy theories are starting to wear thin. By the way, you know that Sun TV tried to court Rick Mercer, right?
    http://www.torontolife.com/daily/informer/mediaoc

    Oh wait, lemme guess, Toronto Life is biased too?

  41. Yeah, with that bastion of liberalism, Rick Mercer, who is so "biased" he was offered a job with Sun TV.
    http://www.torontolife.com/daily/informer/mediaoc

    He doesn't work for the CBC, by the way, and he hasn't proposed broadcasting the debate on the CBC either.

  42. Who pays Rick Mercer's salary?

  43. If Rick Mercer doesn't work for the CBC, then he must work for the Liberal Party. Who pays his salary–what say you.

  44. Who pays Rick Mercer's salary?

    • Not Craigslist, at any rate.

    • For the show? Probably the production company. For whatever else he does, I imagine he negotiates that. As far as I can tell, he is not directly employed by the CBC.

      As for your implied message that he's a liberal hack: Rick mocks whoever deserves it, regardless of political stripe.

  45. Who pays Rick Mercer's salary?

    Given how most independent production contracts work, Island Edge Inc.

  46. Who pays Rick Mercer's salary?

    Given how most independent production contracts work, Island Edge Inc.

  47. You may think what you will, CBC is very biased. Perhaps Sun TV is more open than you think–seeing they want to higher Mercer.

  48. "…he was offered a job with Sun TV"

    Why is that evidence of Mercer's lack of bias but not Sun TV's?

  49. Harper looks like he's running away. He should grow a pair.

  50. No, see, you're missing the point. It's like, Matt Damon is an excellent actor — you watch The Departed, True Grit, The Informant, and you realize the guy can do pretty much anything.

    But if you're a conservative, the only proper response is to "boycott" his movies (even though you secretly watch them anyway), and say "MATT DAMON" in the Team America voice when ever he comes up in conversation. It's what passes for wit and discriminating taste among people who have a deficit of both.

  51. It speaks well for your consistency the way every single part of what you've written is wrong and dishonest, but I'm truly impressed by your ability to cram in some good ol' fashioned homophobia in there too. Top marks.

  52. Mr Harp being afraid to?

  53. Like they ever did.

  54. Not Craigslist, at any rate.

  55. Why did the chicken cross the road ? To avoid a debate.

  56. Why did the chicken cross the road ? To avoid a debate.

  57. Where in the article does it say that CBC has any involvement with this? Rick Mercer is a comedian who happens to have a show on CBC – that doesn't mean the EVERYTHING he does has or would have a CBC connection.

  58. Will the CBC be in Harpers sights next?

  59. Will the CBC be in Harpers sights next?

    • It has been in his sites and will continue to be.

    • That would be nice…
      Even the ever corrupt Russia pulled in Pravdas reins.

  60. It has been in his sites and will continue to be.

  61. The CBC is owned by all canadians. The right wing represents 30% of Canadians and the rest, 70% are not right wing. Some left, some centrists. Their viewers are across the board and they reflect that in their news. The CTV on the other hand is privately owned by right wingers and may I remind you, produce tory senators. The most biased news in Canada is CTV and their party of choice is Conservative. Where else would you hear a 'reporter' defend Harper from talking to reporters?

  62. To those Canadians who aren't Conservative, we'd find your conspiracy theories and paranoia hilarious except for the fact that you think non-CPCs are that way because it's your own SOP.

  63. And to Harper: talking down to wannabe Americans…

  64. Rick asked Iggy; not the other way around. Go back to practicing your spin on your Wheel of Fortune home edition.

  65. For the show? Probably the production company. For whatever else he does, I imagine he negotiates that. As far as I can tell, he is not directly employed by the CBC.

    As for your implied message that he's a liberal hack: Rick mocks whoever deserves it, regardless of political stripe.

  66. Really, it must hurt to see your fearless leader run and hide so.

  67. gawd you guys play the paranoid victim to a tee…….problem is it is getting awfully tiresome

  68. Mercer is a liberal to the core. Nothing with him in it would be fair especially with all this Toronto Star buddies there.

  69. Mercer is a liberal to the core. Nothing with him in it would be fair especially with all this Toronto Star buddies there.

    • To get Mercers support, all Harper has to do is come out of the closest.

  70. To get Mercers support, all Harper has to do is come out of the closest.

  71. Two stories by the red rag on that second rate 'cult' 'comedian' Mercer outing him as a left wing loverboy. If I were Harper the last person I would have 'moderate' a debate would be a Liberal lover. Either they have dual moderators to include an obviously biased conservative one as well to offset mercers bias or get a truly independent person. Should those terms not be acceptable–move on.

  72. Two stories by the red rag on that second rate 'cult' 'comedian' Mercer outing him as a left wing loverboy. If I were Harper the last person I would have 'moderate' a debate would be a Liberal lover. Either they have dual moderators to include an obviously biased conservative one as well to offset mercers bias or get a truly independent person. Should those terms not be acceptable–move on.

  73. That would be nice…
    Even the ever corrupt Russia pulled in Pravdas reins.

  74. I think they should try to find a less biased moderator than Rick Mercer. How about Ezra Levant?

  75. I think they should try to find a less biased moderator than Rick Mercer. How about Ezra Levant?

  76. I am amazed that Rick would lower himself to be part of this circus. I have lost all respect for him as a result, he used to bring attention to some of the goings on in politics with a humorous twist. Now, to be part of this circus, part of an undemocratic process, just shows he cares not about the demise of our governments of late. The politicians of late are nothing more than white collar crooks, making laws and knowing how to get around them IF caught.

  77. I am amazed that Rick would lower himself to be part of this circus. I have lost all respect for him as a result, he used to bring attention to some of the goings on in politics with a humorous twist. Now, to be part of this circus, part of an undemocratic process, just shows he cares not about the demise of our governments of late. The politicians of late are nothing more than white collar crooks, making laws and knowing how to get around them IF caught.

  78. Real. I am 100% against left wingers having any power in government.

    I assume the rest of you claiming you're in favour are all fakes, of course. No real person could believe what you do.

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