Muguette Paille's vote - Macleans.ca
 

Muguette Paille’s vote


 

One of the average voters called on last night to ask a question of the leaders offers her verdict.

She later said she was pleased with the response she saw from NDP leader Jack Layton and Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff, but gave a thumbs-down to Conservative leader Stephen Harper, concluding that he had not addressed her concerns. “I didn’t like him (Harper) at all,” Paille told a Montreal daily, le Journal de Montreal, after the debate. “But I liked Mr. Layton and Mr. Ignatieff, who answered well.”

She also noted that Ignatieff was able to identify with her situation when he spoke about offering support to help her take care of her parents. “Mr. Ignatieff was very realistic in his answer,” Paille said. “He spoke about my own reality. When he spoke about my parents, I was wondering whether he had looked into my background. My parents are healthy. They are 84 and 86 years old. It’s true that I worry about them.”


 

Muguette Paille’s vote

  1. Winning the race, one vote at a time.

  2. Winning the race, one vote at a time.

    • The thing about the tortoise and the hare.. the race wasn't on a time-limit.

  3. So Paille's a Liberal or NDP plant?

    Perhaps we can find her name in some random email from either of those two parties. She was probably picked by the CBC, in flagrant disregard for taxpayer's interests. Or something.

  4. So Paille's a Liberal or NDP plant?

    Perhaps we can find her name in some random email from either of those two parties. She was probably picked by the CBC, in flagrant disregard for taxpayer's interests. Or something.

    • Not a word on Duceppe. The eloquence of silence… Proof if needed that she's a Bloc plant, hoping the Liberals and NDP split the federalist vote so Gilles can sneak in another separatist. She would have been chosen by the SRC, Société Radio-Canada, which everyone knows is controlled by the separatists.

    • So anyone that does not approve of a reckless conservative majority (70% of Canadians) are all plants? Get real.

      • You're kind of new to this whole 'internet' thing, aren't you?

        I would have figured the "Or Something" would have given the sarcasm away. Apparently I have to be even more obvious in the future.

        • Sorry, and yes I am (new to the internet) and I'm visiting every site I can during this election to make comments to try to stop what I believe will be absolutely disaterous for Canada if Harper gets a majority. I have never been involved in an election in my life as much as this one. I have always voted and had the typical Canadian attitude that one person cant change anything but I am getting involved this time. I dont believe that voting will be enough this time, I am trying to get non voters to vote. I have been successful in getting our young people in my town to start talking about this election and I actually am going door to door with a list of what Harper has done to this country. A Reckless Conservative Majority will be the end of Canada as we know it.

          • Well now I feel bad. :(

            Welcome to the Internet; I'll try to take the edge off and be more approachable.

            For what it's worth, my concern with the Conservatives isn't recklessness, but unpredictability. If I thought I even had a hope of predicting how they'd react to a situation, I'd probably vote for them. As it stands, they do weird stuff that kinda worries me.

        • I find some of the comments from those that are very, very, very partisan hard to distinguish from sarcasm. They are just so over the top. So I usually mark my sarcasm with <sarcasm>. This helps those that are very, very, very partisan figure things out. Also helps folks when they first get engaged with a blog and haven't figured out who is who.

    • You are rong, she said in a interviwue that she wil start her one bisnes aand che will be voting Bloc Québécois
      Léo

  5. Good heavens, Blech is a Con suicide bomber….LOL

  6. Good heavens, Blech is a Con suicide bomber….LOL

    • No, come on Blech (I mean look at the moniker he adopted) has to be a liberal plant out to propagate the stereotype of a conservative bigot. But whatever political persuasion he really is I'm confident that he in no way represents 99.99999999999999999999% of humanity.
      So I guess Blech belongs to the 0.00000000000000000001 party.

      (darn – I should have counted the nines as I hit the key. My eyes are still crossed from counting them to make sure I had the correct number of 0s.)

      • LOL it wouldn't be the first time on here that Cons have been suicidal. Read some of the other posts by Cons.

  7. Brilliant!

  8. Brilliant!

  9. I've never heard of someone called 'Muguette', 'Huguette'.

  10. I've never heard of someone called 'Muguette', 'Huguette'.

    • Until now… cause her name is Muguette. Très joli comme nom – et fort à propos puisque ce sera bientôt le temps du muguet.

      • Je semble avoir sous-estimé l'originalité des Québécois.

  11. Until now… cause her name is Muguette. Très joli comme nom – et fort à propos puisque ce sera bientôt le temps du muguet.

  12. Of course not. It's all about Steve!

  13. Of course not. It's all about Steve!

  14. She is as Canadian as you (I presume you are Canadian). She has one vote, just like you have one vote. You're no different from her. You're no better. You don't count more than her.

  15. She is as Canadian as you (I presume you are Canadian). She has one vote, just like you have one vote. You're no different from her. You're no better. You don't count more than her.

    • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzboring soft left envious pap is boring, everything is equal, everyone has an opinizzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz boring boring single mom-ist pap is boringzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzeverything is the same nobody is differentzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzboring boring boring zzzzzzzzzzzzzzequalsamesamezzzzzzz/…boringzzzzzzzzzzzzz

      Come on Loraine, this isn't kindergarten, lose the Barney-speak.

      • Nice Manners! Is that what they teach the craigslist recruits at boot camp?

  16. Wow, Iggy and Jack might have gotten one vote. Film at 11.

    Wherry's scraping the bottom of the barrel at this point, ain't he.

  17. Wow, Iggy and Jack might have gotten one vote. Film at 11.

    Wherry's scraping the bottom of the barrel at this point, ain't he.

    • Muguette Paille was at one point the number 5 trending item on the Twitter during the debate last night.

      • Does that give her more than one vote? lol

        • No but it means more than one vote is paying attention to her opinion.

          • lol, based on what? Is this really all the opposition has in this election?

          • She was trending on twitter last night. Many people seem to care what she had to say. Those people vote.

            To your other point, yes common sense is what the opposition has in this election. It seems in short supply with the Conservatives. You should look into that.

          • This is common sense, is it? Using one vote as an example of a trend? No wonder Harper has been soaring in the polls. This election has been the stupidest in our history. Canadians can't wait to end it.

    • "Meet Canada's Joe the Plumber" – Toronto Sun, April 14, 2011

      Though the JtP ref is kind of unfortunate, she has become a bit of an overnight sensation. It's foolish to dismiss it. Remember that granny shaking her finger at Mulroney – "Charlie Brown"?. Odd stuff gets traction. Fr'instance, whould've thought an off-hand remark about 'galas' would doom Harper in Quebec in '08? It's always some odd little thing that happens in La Belle Province that seems to change the course of elections.

      • Give me a break. Is this really all the opposition has? And let's not forget how Joe the Plumber was witch hunted for daring to criticize the mighty Obama. At least he did it to his face.

        • Way to miss the point, there, Dennis_F. G'lawd, hopefully you don't hunt like you comment. People are liable to get hurt.

          • The only witch hunting is being done by the conservatives. The politics of fear.

          • As you engage in the politics of fear. This is why we're having our fourth $300 million election in seven years, is it?

          • Do I have to say this again? Alright, we are having an election because Harper lied about several BILLIONS in jets and prisons. Was found in contempt and held accountable for it. Let's stop the Reckless Conservative Majority!

          • Nobody is buying any of that, which is why this election has been about nonsense. The media has to manufacture stories to make it interesting. $300 million for a whole lot of of nothin'. Yay!

          • And if anybody can speak for Nobody, I'm sure it's Dennis_F.

          • This is exactly what I'm talking about. We heard for months how Harper had to go for the sake of democracy. Then when there is finally a chance to oust Harper during a campaign, we just get this nonsense from the opposition and it supporters. This is why we're having our fourth $300 million election in seven years. Terrific.

          • Really. What point did I miss, dude?

  18. Stephen Harper wants her medical records on his desk by 9 am tomorrow. She must be destroyed.

  19. Stephen Harper wants her medical records on his desk by 9 am tomorrow. She must be destroyed.

    • Why would anyone care about one vote like this? Amazing how an opposition that says this election was vital to our democracy has noting to offer us. Amazing.

    • He already has them!

    • First her, then her facebook friends… But not before he rounds up a few 'you guys' in ethnic costumes for a photo op…

  20. Muguette Paille was at one point the number 5 trending item on the Twitter during the debate last night.

  21. Not a word on Duceppe. The eloquence of silence… Proof if needed that she's a Bloc plant, hoping the Liberals and NDP split the federalist vote so Gilles can sneak in another separatist. She would have been chosen by the SRC, Société Radio-Canada, which everyone knows is controlled by the separatists.

  22. Obvious troll is obvious.

  23. Obvious troll is obvious.

    • The real troll here is some Yvette who thinks the election is all about her, and her base wants.

      Normal Canadians like me are way to the right of the Maclame's commentariat so you're forgiven for calling me a troll; you exist in narrow "ignorance silos" with little exposure to new ideas like free expression and freedom of belief and its understandable you'd be upset by views you don't share, you just don't know any better. I don't blame you, I blame the media that has brainwashed you.

      • 'Normal Canadians like me are way to the right'

        'ignorance silos'

        Jeepers, already Craig's list is scraping the bottom of the barrel!

      • Yes! How dare the individual care about issue relevant to the individual! Shame! Shame!

      • What is this election about? The Cons have basically argued the economics front exclusively, without offering any real substantial point of distinction on economic policy. The only area of disagreement between the parties on tax policies are whether rates on big business will be tacked at the already competitive 18%, or be lowered further at cost.

        Governments have far less control over the economy – particularly in Canada – than they like to admit to voters.

        The Cons answer to everything was 'we're going to grow the economy' to address spending imbalances…. In the next 5 years thats simply not going to happen. And as far as I can see the economy will do little different under any of the platforms.

        This is an election year we are best off voting on issues other than the economy in all honesty, as all of the parties have similar viewpoints on that issue.

      • 'Yvette'

        So that would be a middle-aged francophone female? Please share some your other colourful nomenclature! Just so those in the ignorance silos can keep up.

      • Sort of like the group who are all about getting to split their income — aren't they all about themselves? Or how about those who would squirrel away $10,000 in a tfsa, because that doesn't sound like nation building, or national stabilization… The one thing i've been mostly disappointed about the Liberal campaign is the thrust of 'we're in this together' and how Harper's death by tax credits essentially reduces us to an I-Me-Mine community… It's so Bush-republic designed that it puts the fear of God into me. My children are healthy, i'm working and my wife's working and we've found decent childcare. While we would gratefully take any support and assistance that came our way, I fully expect and hope our government is putting resources into helping those less fortunate than myself, creating opportunity and hope for those who need a real break, not another tax break. What I want to hear is something that helps parents with autism, helps new immigrants get skills accreditation, assists First Nations in having drinkable water. Where is that Canada?

  24. Does that give her more than one vote? lol

  25. The real troll here is some Yvette who thinks the election is all about her, and her base wants.

    Normal Canadians like me are way to the right of the Maclame's commentariat so you're forgiven for calling me a troll; you exist in narrow "ignorance silos" with little exposure to new ideas like free expression and freedom of belief and its understandable you'd be upset by views you don't share, you just don't know any better. I don't blame you, I blame the media that has brainwashed you.

  26. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzboring soft left envious pap is boring, everything is equal, everyone has an opinizzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz boring boring single mom-ist pap is boringzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzeverything is the same nobody is differentzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzboring boring boring zzzzzzzzzzzzzzequalsamesamezzzzzzz/…boringzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Come on Loraine, this isn't kindergarten, lose the Barney-speak.

  27. "Meet Canada's Joe the Plumber" – Toronto Sun, April 14, 2011

    Though the JtP ref is kind of unfortunate, she has become a bit of an overnight sensation. It's foolish to dismiss it. Remember that granny shaking her finger at Mulroney – "Charlie Brown"?. Odd stuff gets traction. Fr'instance, whould've thought an off-hand remark about 'galas' would doom Harper in Quebec in '08? It's always some odd little thing that happens in La Belle Province that seems to change the course of elections.

  28. Give me a break. Is this really all the opposition has? And let's not forget how Joe the Plumber was witch hunted for daring to criticize the mighty Obama. At least he did it to his face.

  29. 'Normal Canadians like me are way to the right'

    'ignorance silos'

    Jeepers, already Craig's list is scraping the bottom of the barrel!

  30. Yes! How dare the individual care about issue relevant to the individual! Shame! Shame!

  31. Nice Manners! Is that what they teach the craigslist recruits at boot camp?

  32. No but it means more than one vote is paying attention to her opinion.

  33. What is this election about? The Cons have basically argued the economics front exclusively, without offering any real substantial point of distinction on economic policy. The only area of disagreement between the parties on tax policies are whether rates on big business will be tacked at the already competitive 18%, or be lowered further at cost.

    Governments have far less control over the economy – particularly in Canada – than they like to admit to voters.

    The Cons answer to everything was 'we're going to grow the economy' to address spending imbalances…. In the next 5 years thats simply not going to happen. And as far as I can see the economy will do little different under any of the platforms.

    This is an election year we are best off voting on issues other than the economy in all honesty, as all of the parties have similar viewpoints on that issue.

  34. Abstracting general trends from single datapoints can be dangerous…

    I think old people should be set adrift on ice floes. Of the different leaders, Michael Ignatieff and Stephen Harper were the only candidates able to convince me that they were capable of geriatricide. The other leaders seemed like the sort of people that call their mothers regularly, or are at least capable of ordinary human emotions.

  35. Abstracting general trends from single datapoints can be dangerous…

    I think old people should be set adrift on ice floes. Of the different leaders, Michael Ignatieff and Stephen Harper were the only candidates able to convince me that they were capable of geriatricide. The other leaders seemed like the sort of people that call their mothers regularly, or are at least capable of ordinary human emotions.

    • Jack and Gilles – Soft on Death Panels!

  36. Way to miss the point, there, Dennis_F. G'lawd, hopefully you don't hunt like you comment. People are liable to get hurt.

  37. lol, based on what? Is this really all the opposition has in this election?

  38. 'Yvette'

    So that would be a middle-aged francophone female? Please share some your other colourful nomenclature! Just so those in the ignorance silos can keep up.

  39. Je semble avoir sous-estimé l'originalité des Québécois.

  40. So anyone that does not approve of a reckless conservative majority (70% of Canadians) are all plants? Get real.

  41. The only witch hunting is being done by the conservatives. The politics of fear.

  42. She was trending on twitter last night. Many people seem to care what she had to say. Those people vote.

    To your other point, yes common sense is what the opposition has in this election. It seems in short supply with the Conservatives. You should look into that.

  43. Really. What point did I miss, dude?

  44. As you engage in the politics of fear. This is why we're having our fourth $300 million election in seven years, is it?

  45. Why would anyone care about one vote like this? Amazing how an opposition that says this election was vital to our democracy has noting to offer us. Amazing.

  46. This is common sense, is it? Using one vote as an example of a trend? No wonder Harper has been soaring in the polls. This election has been the stupidest in our history. Canadians can't wait to end it.

  47. Do I have to say this again? Alright, we are having an election because Harper lied about several BILLIONS in jets and prisons. Was found in contempt and held accountable for it. Let's stop the Reckless Conservative Majority!

  48. He already has them!

  49. Nobody is buying any of that, which is why this election has been about nonsense. The media has to manufacture stories to make it interesting. $300 million for a whole lot of of nothin'. Yay!

  50. "and Mr. Ignatieff, who answered well.” or so she said.

    I'm sure she liked Ignatieff's answer:

    Let's see:

    first Iggy said the government should be responsible for finding her a job

    then Iggy said the government should provide assistence to her for looking after her aging parents

    then Iggy said the government should provide more daycare (I'm sure grandkids are in the picture somewhere!)

    then Iggy said the government should be able to improve on her pensions.

    Does Ignatieff expect the individual to be responsible for anything, anything at all?

    According to Ignatieff, the government must now look after individuals from cradle to grave?

    When I heard Ignatieff response last night I couldn't help but think that he took his responses most seriously.

    Oh my, I thought, what's gonna happen to this country when individuals are no longer expected to be able to solve some of their own problems?

    Anyone?

  51. "and Mr. Ignatieff, who answered well.” or so she said.

    I'm sure she liked Ignatieff's answer:

    Let's see:

    first Iggy said the government should be responsible for finding her a job

    then Iggy said the government should provide assistence to her for looking after her aging parents

    then Iggy said the government should provide more daycare (I'm sure grandkids are in the picture somewhere!)

    then Iggy said the government should be able to improve on her pensions.

    Does Ignatieff expect the individual to be responsible for anything, anything at all?

    According to Ignatieff, the government must now look after individuals from cradle to grave?

    When I heard Ignatieff response last night I couldn't help but think that he took his responses most seriously.

    Oh my, I thought, what's gonna happen to this country when individuals are no longer expected to be able to solve some of their own problems?

    Anyone?

    • We will crown the last one to soil his undergarments king. That's where we're headling.

  52. I can't believe, nor will I accept, that our current Canada is only about negative stories.

    Canada is full of potential and such potential is realized by millions of Canadians each day.

    We should not take one individual and pretend that the economic situtation of that one person defines the conditions in this country.

    Far from it!

    Let's hear some of the positive stories because there are plenty of them around, if not more so.

  53. I can't believe, nor will I accept, that our current Canada is only about negative stories.

    Canada is full of potential and such potential is realized by millions of Canadians each day.

    We should not take one individual and pretend that the economic situtation of that one person defines the conditions in this country.

    Far from it!

    Let's hear some of the positive stories because there are plenty of them around, if not more so.

    • Well.. there were..

      ..then the CPC took over.

    • I can`t believe that our current Canada is only about positive stories. I see no reason why we wouldn`t hear some of both. I saw more positive, happy, prosperous looking people in these segments than persons with problems. Why get so upset about Muguette?

      • Funny you mention that.

        Believe you me: I am an avid CBC watcher and I have yet to see a special segment featured about a person being just plain positive. Postive about Canada and positive about the abundant opportunities this country has available.

        Just Plain Positives about the Harper government for a change.

        I see a lot of Toronto panelists appear on At Issue, week in, week out, in a country where Toronto is just one of the major cities. It would be so nice to hear a political perspective coming from other regions of this country during the At Issue weekly panel, but alas, such is not the Canada CBC wants to present.

        No, that's not entirely true: Rex had a good CBC opinion piece on tonight (April 14) about Canada being about various regions. Right on, that one!

        :)

        • I don`t watch the CBC, I am unable to judge it. I am not a cable subscriber – I have never watched the at Issue panel, though I have read a lot about them. I always thought they were mostly from Ottawa, maybe I was wrong, but you seem to enjoy the CBC and would know better. I watch very little tv. I listen to a lot of music however, mostly opera, I read news online.

          I did watch the two debates and the citizens whose questions were chosen and who appeared on tv seemed positive and to be doing well in this country. Seeing Muguette did not offend me in the least. I have no idea why some people are twisted in a knot over Muguette!

  54. We will crown the last one to soil his undergarments king. That's where we're headling.

  55. Jack and Gilles – Soft on Death Panels!

  56. The thing about the tortoise and the hare.. the race wasn't on a time-limit.

  57. And if anybody can speak for Nobody, I'm sure it's Dennis_F.

  58. Well.. there were..

    ..then the CPC took over.

  59. You're kind of new to this whole 'internet' thing, aren't you?

    I would have figured the "Or Something" would have given the sarcasm away. Apparently I have to be even more obvious in the future.

    • Another fake election attention grabber. Grab for something real once in a while, at least!

      • What exactly do you find that's "fake" in that story? You are OK with votes being discarded then?

  60. Sort of like the group who are all about getting to split their income — aren't they all about themselves? Or how about those who would squirrel away $10,000 in a tfsa, because that doesn't sound like nation building, or national stabilization… The one thing i've been mostly disappointed about the Liberal campaign is the thrust of 'we're in this together' and how Harper's death by tax credits essentially reduces us to an I-Me-Mine community… It's so Bush-republic designed that it puts the fear of God into me. My children are healthy, i'm working and my wife's working and we've found decent childcare. While we would gratefully take any support and assistance that came our way, I fully expect and hope our government is putting resources into helping those less fortunate than myself, creating opportunity and hope for those who need a real break, not another tax break. What I want to hear is something that helps parents with autism, helps new immigrants get skills accreditation, assists First Nations in having drinkable water. Where is that Canada?

  61. First her, then her facebook friends… But not before he rounds up a few 'you guys' in ethnic costumes for a photo op…

  62. I can`t believe that our current Canada is only about positive stories. I see no reason why we wouldn`t hear some of both. I saw more positive, happy, prosperous looking people in these segments than persons with problems. Why get so upset about Muguette?

  63. Funny you mention that.

    Believe you me: I am an avid CBC watcher and I have yet to see a special segment featured about a person being just plain positive. Postive about Canada and positive about the abundant opportunities this country has available.

    Just Plain Positives about the Harper government for a change.

    I see a lot of Toronto panelists appear on At Issue, week in, week out, in a country where Toronto is just one of the major cities. It would be so nice to hear a political perspective coming from other regions of this country during the At Issue weekly panel, but alas, such is not the Canada CBC wants to present.

    No, that's not entirely true: Rex had a good CBC opinion piece on tonight (April 14) about Canada being about various regions. Right on, that one!

    :)

  64. Another fake election attention grabber. Grab for something real once in a while, at least!

  65. I don`t watch the CBC, I am unable to judge it. I am not a cable subscriber – I have never watched the at Issue panel, though I have read a lot about them. I always thought they were mostly from Ottawa, maybe I was wrong, but you seem to enjoy the CBC and would know better. I watch very little tv. I listen to a lot of music however, mostly opera, I read news online.

    I did watch the two debates and the citizens whose questions were chosen and who appeared on tv seemed positive and to be doing well in this country. Seeing Muguette did not offend me in the least. I have no idea why some people are twisted in a knot over Muguette!

  66. Sorry, and yes I am (new to the internet) and I'm visiting every site I can during this election to make comments to try to stop what I believe will be absolutely disaterous for Canada if Harper gets a majority. I have never been involved in an election in my life as much as this one. I have always voted and had the typical Canadian attitude that one person cant change anything but I am getting involved this time. I dont believe that voting will be enough this time, I am trying to get non voters to vote. I have been successful in getting our young people in my town to start talking about this election and I actually am going door to door with a list of what Harper has done to this country. A Reckless Conservative Majority will be the end of Canada as we know it.

  67. What exactly do you find that's "fake" in that story? You are OK with votes being discarded then?

  68. This is exactly what I'm talking about. We heard for months how Harper had to go for the sake of democracy. Then when there is finally a chance to oust Harper during a campaign, we just get this nonsense from the opposition and it supporters. This is why we're having our fourth $300 million election in seven years. Terrific.

  69. I find some of the comments from those that are very, very, very partisan hard to distinguish from sarcasm. They are just so over the top. So I usually mark my sarcasm with <sarcasm>. This helps those that are very, very, very partisan figure things out. Also helps folks when they first get engaged with a blog and haven't figured out who is who.

  70. No, come on Blech (I mean look at the moniker he adopted) has to be a liberal plant out to propagate the stereotype of a conservative bigot. But whatever political persuasion he really is I'm confident that he in no way represents 99.99999999999999999999% of humanity.
    So I guess Blech belongs to the 0.00000000000000000001 party.

    (darn – I should have counted the nines as I hit the key. My eyes are still crossed from counting them to make sure I had the correct number of 0s.)

  71. LOL it wouldn't be the first time on here that Cons have been suicidal. Read some of the other posts by Cons.

  72. Well now I feel bad. :(

    Welcome to the Internet; I'll try to take the edge off and be more approachable.

    For what it's worth, my concern with the Conservatives isn't recklessness, but unpredictability. If I thought I even had a hope of predicting how they'd react to a situation, I'd probably vote for them. As it stands, they do weird stuff that kinda worries me.

  73. You are rong, she said in a interviwue that she wil start her one bisnes aand che will be voting Bloc Québécois
    Léo