Another great day for democracy (III)

by Aaron Wherry

Chris Selley dissents. Sort of.

It is unfortunate that simply ignoring Canadian politics may increase what Radwanski calls a “disconnect” between Canadians and their government, but objectively speaking Canadian politics mostly deserves to be ignored. I’d rather watch old YouTube clips of Crossfire than Canadian party strategists debating each other, which is to say I’d rather be angry than bored to tears. Any format that involves even a 10-second clip from Question Period needs serious tweaking if not outright abandonment, unless it’s designed, like I said before, to mock or pillory the participants.

For sure, there is a debate to be had over the usefulness of what passes for coverage of politics in this country. But it’s unclear how less coverage would result in better politics. Indeed, in his next paragraph, Selley describes the type of show he’d like to watch and as much as he seems to be joking, he’s not far off what’s likely needed.




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Another great day for democracy (III)

  1. Come on this is unacceptable..

    Jeepers even I, the political junkie used to make faces over the "broadcast " line. But in that same low key manner Mr. Newman became a legend nailing MP's to a standard.

    To abandon any political conversation on CBC is not what I want.

    We are not just losing a journalist we are losing our voice if they cancel Politics.

  2. That's a great idea for a show Selley has. What's stopping CBC or CTV from airing it? It would be loads of fun.

  3. The CBC has abandoned it's mission – I wrote them last year or longer ago about them repeating the Hour ad nauseum and then never showing politics during prime time and now this.

    It is time to harvest the dead idiots from the CBC and replace the rot from the top.

  4. You know, it could be lots of fun. It could even be so much fun some people not already interested in politics might tune in. Let's have one segment with different comedians on once a week (a different comedian per day) using for their material the prior week's parliamentary antics. We could have aspiring songwriter's take the week's talking points (as chosen by those cloud thingys) and turn it into a song–the winner winning lovely Rice-a-Roni or a Canadian equivalent. We'll have the "Question Period Dance" whereby all the hand and body movements are made into a montage of the new dance steps–Harper can do the Poke-a!

    And it could be so embarrassing for the politicians they all, as a body, stop the nonsense.

  5. There's at least one thing I find more tiresome than Canadian politics: the fashionable cynicism of many of the journalists/pundits who cover Canadian politics.

  6. "For sure, there is a debate to be had over the usefulness of what passes for coverage of politics in this country. But it's unclear how less coverage would result in better politics."

    "Better politics" – is there such a thing?

    More to the point, why should you care? How is it that so much of your money and everything you do in your life has become a matter of political debate? After watching these people close up, are you still convinced that a bunch of greedy, egotistical blowhards in Ottawa are better at managing your and your family's and your neighbors' money than you yourselves are, if left alone in peace?

    Political junkies and CBC-aholics should quit breaking into other people's homes and bank accounts to support their habit. If you want to watch a bunch of ignorant tools insult each other in a pretend debate about who's the most corrupt and unpatriotic then you can pay for it on your own dime.

  7. "For sure, there is a debate to be had over the usefulness of what passes for coverage of politics in this country. But it%E2%80%99s unclear how less coverage would result in better politics."

    "Better politics" – is there such a thing?

    More to the point, why should you care? How is it that so much of your money and everything you do in your life has become a matter of political debate? After watching these people close up, are you still convinced that a bunch of greedy, egotistical blowhards in Ottawa are better at managing your and your family's and your neighbors' money than you yourselves are, if left alone in peace?

    Political junkies and CBC-aholics should quit breaking into other people's homes and bank accounts to support their habit. If you want to watch a bunch of ignorant tools insult each other in a pretend debate about who's the most corrupt and unpatriotic then you can pay for it on your own dime.

  8. That’s a great idea for a show Selley has. What’s stopping CBC or CTV from airing it? It would be loads of fun.

    • You know, it could be lots of fun. It could even be so much fun some people not already interested in politics might tune in. Let’s have one segment with different comedians on once a week (a different comedian per day) using for their material the prior week’s parliamentary antics. We could have aspiring songwriter’s take the week’s talking points (as chosen by those cloud thingys) and turn it into a song–the winner winning lovely Rice-a-Roni or a Canadian equivalent. We’ll have the “Question Period Dance” whereby all the hand and body movements are made into a montage of the new dance steps–Harper can do the Poke-a!

      And it could be so embarrassing for the politicians they all, as a body, stop the nonsense.

  9. Come on this is unacceptable..

    Jeepers even I, the political junkie used to make faces over the “broadcast ” line. But in that same low key manner Mr. Newman became a legend nailing MP’s to a standard.

    To abandon any political conversation on CBC is not what I want.

    We are not just losing a journalist we are losing our voice if they cancel Politics.

  10. The CBC has abandoned it’s mission – I wrote them last year or longer ago about them repeating the Hour ad nauseum and then never showing politics during prime time and now this.

    It is time to harvest the dead idiots from the CBC and replace the rot from the top.

  11. There’s at least one thing I find more tiresome than Canadian politics: the fashionable cynicism of many of the journalists/pundits who cover Canadian politics.

  12. “For sure, there is a debate to be had over the usefulness of what passes for coverage of politics in this country. But it’s unclear how less coverage would result in better politics.”

    “Better politics” – is there such a thing?

    More to the point, why should you care? How is it that so much of your money and everything you do in your life has become a matter of political debate? After watching these people close up, are you still convinced that a bunch of greedy, egotistical blowhards in Ottawa are better at managing your and your family’s and your neighbors’ money than you yourselves are, if left alone in peace?

    Political junkies and CBC-aholics should quit breaking into other people’s homes and bank accounts to support their habit. If you want to watch a bunch of ignorant tools insult each other in a pretend debate about who’s the most corrupt and unpatriotic then you can pay for it on your own dime.

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