GiornoWatch Extra: Calling all obsessives …


As previously noted elsewhere on the site, ITQ is taking today off to get ready for next week’s Ethics committee spectacular, which means no GiornoWatch until Monday. Unless, of course, something actually happens, which is where the rest of you come into the picture.

As usual, feel free to use the comment thread to speculate wildly. But please drop us a line by email if, by chance, you should happen to be on a patio this afternoon and overhear the familiar voice of a Harper high-flyer buying a round of drinks to celebrate his – or her – (but probably his) promotion, or spot a “Welcome to PMO, [Insert Name Here]” banner fluttering from a window — or, on a sadder note, run into a former member of the inner circle wandering dazedly down Sparks Street, a cardboard box full of pens and pencils, papers and framed photos of himself – or herself – next to the Prime Minister clutched close to the heart … (or, more likely, if, like ITQ, you find yourself checking for updates on GEDS more often than could strictly be considered healthy) … anyway, yeah. “Crowdsourcing” – that’s what the kids are calling it these days, I believe. Although in this case, it’s not so much a crowd as a tiny but devoted band of Giornologists. In any case, should any of the above occur, let me know and I’ll post it posthaste, off the clock or not.

Otherwise, have a divine weekend, everyone!

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GiornoWatch Extra: Calling all obsessives …

  1. You are assuming, of course, that the committee hearings will actually happen next week.

  2. Hey Kady:

    If you have the statement of claim for Green Shift Inc., can you please please pretty please scan it and post it? I’ve been all over the web and cant find it, even called the TO courthouse where i was directed to a phone # that always has voicemail.

  3. There you go again — “Harper high-flyer buying a round of drinks to celebrate his – or her – (but probably his) promotion”.

    Now you are suggesting that the Prime Minister prefers to hire men despite evidence to the contrary. After months of calling for her head, can I expect a story about how Sandra Buckler was a victim of sexism by the Press Gallery?

    I know you are trying to be witty, but further perpetrating the conservative stereotype of the “angry white male” is unfair but typical of your profession.

  4. Well Jim, unless you have evidence that the PMO hires (or promotes) women over 50% of the time then the line “his – or her – (but probably his)” is entirely accurate.

  5. [Yes, I’m really, truly going to put down the keyboard and sneak away to enjoy my day off after this reply.]

    Bruce: Oh, I do. I don’t know what will happen once the gavel goes down and the meeting actually gets underway, but I’m absolutely planning on being in the committee room at 10am sharp on Tuesday. Maybe earlier, so I can get a good seat!

    Jerome: I don’t actually have a scanner, but I’ll see what I can do, although probably not before tomorrow at the earliest (see above re: forcing self to take time away from computer).

    Jim: If you check John Geddes’ feature on Harper’s 12 – I don’t have the URL handy, but it’s on the site – and even the bonus list of runners-up, you will realize that the vast majority of the PM’s senior political staff are men. I do have some thoughts on why that is the case that I’ll be posting in the not-all-that-distant future, but right now, I’m just going to leave it at that. Day off! Must flee!

  6. Kady: thanks i appreciate it. Enjoy your time away from the computer.

  7. Giornowatch. Giornosphere. Giornification. Giornoverse.

    Come on, Kady. We’re talking about the Chief of Staff to the most powerful man in Canada.

    How are you going to develop – or should I say cultivate – a network of sources in Harper’s inner sanctum if you don’t write long, glowing pieces about him and his serfs?

    [BTW, I think Bruce was referring to the prorogation possibility.]

  8. Kady/Anon: Yes, I was referring to prorogation (I just like to show off that I can spell this word) sometime between now and 9:59am Tues., July 15 (Ottawa time).

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