Print people on video talking about the mysteries of the Conservatives’ strategy

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Aaron Wherry, Paul Wells and John Geddes discuss the first three weeks of the fall session on Parliament Hill:




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Print people on video talking about the mysteries of the Conservatives’ strategy

  1. Au contraire JG. Yesterday it was the UN, tomorrow the world. Just when is Harper going to pick a fight with the creator himself?…’you know, about the planet thing…bit too round don’t you think? Not altogether that efficient in our opinion. Can’t we make do with a flatter one?’

  2. That shirt actually looks good on Paul. On me though? I’d look like Jethro or even Ellie Mae with whiskers.

    • “Hey Boo-Boo! Let’s go get us some picanic baskets!”

  3. “One whacky headline after another….”
    Well, well, Wells, who puts them headlines out there?
    The media is the first to speak when it comes to frivilous issues including the Anderson one (and two).
    Focus in on what Harper had to say on Chinese (and other foreign investments) and you might have some comments worth reporting.
    But then again, such topics don’t sell magazines.

    • “One whacky headline after another….”
      Well, well, Wells, who puts them headlines out there?”

      And i’m sure macleans is eternally grateful. Shouldn’t your question rather be…’why do the tories keep on creating distractions from the PMs real agenda?’ ie., jobs, China, investments? You have an odd grasp of basic cause and effect. The media’s job is not to advocate on behalf of the govt. I think you’re conflating us with China, maybe?

      • I was not suggesting that you never report (at lenght or otherwise) about Harper and Chinese investments (although considering the focus of attention to be Chinese investment when doing a piece on Marois and Quebec politics is a bit much of a stretch….)
        This posting is in regard to your segment in the video clip, in which you talk more about hidden agendas, Anderson, Toews and the firing of prison chaplains than you do about any serious business the Harper government is undertaking, such as looking into the approval of Chinese investment into the oilsands.
        I suggest you listen to what you are talking about on the video clip and then think again of who is headlining the wackyness.

        • If you watch the segment again it might occur to you to wonder why they’re speculating at all about the govt’s agenda. Spoiler alert: it isn’t because they hate Harper…and it is something to do with what Wells says. I’m quite confident in saying they are available at any time to discuss the PM’s agenda @macleans, should he wish to pick up the phone, email or just stroll into the building.

          And it’s Anders.

        • It’s time to update ‘It’s a frigging blog’ to ‘It’s a frigging video’. A little chance to see to see the people behind the columns and blogs we read on Macleans. They have a search window on here – try using it if you’re interested in a certain subject.

          • It’s a friggin’ vlog! There, I’ve wanted to use that term for some time now.

      • The Chinese people need to eat, cure diseases and raise their children in peace like everyone else.

        I like the Chinese people, they will move ahead regardless, most of the people in China don’t like their government either!

        This Mao dynasty has given the Chinese a new prosperity of a kind, but they still have an emperor, no matter what you call him in the West… and he has a 200 million man army.

        Nothing really changes politically in China.

        You Westerners will never understand it.

  4. Two points:
    Happy to see the presentation open with an addie for Canada’s Economic
    Action Plan(tm). Life is good.
    And, Mr. Wells’ description of departmental cuts as “progressive” is open to
    interpretation and misunderstanding. “Incremental” might be better. No?

    • I guess some days the opening add is for “Canada’s Economic Action Plan”. Today, when I watched this, the opening ad was for the “Ultimate Fairytale” (Cinderella, to be precise). I guess both ads are aiming at the same demographic.

  5. “Aaron Wherry, Paul Wells and John Geddes discuss the first three weeks of the fall session on Parliament Hill:”
    And all Wells can talk about is Anderson, Toews and the firing of chaplains, and secrecy on the part of the government. Wells talks about nothing else in the video. And HE wonders if this government is somehow adrift?
    And he isn’t part and parcel of creating whacky headlines?

    • psst…it’s Anders…and no he didn’t make the crap up, so why is he somehow responsible for creating any thing? Oh, i get it. You want him to shut up altogether if there’s nothing to good to say. I had no idea the media was responsible for the govt’s personal sense of well being and self esteem….it’s an interesting perspective on the role of the fourth estate. I’m sure Wells is suitably mortified.

      • I’ve never said that he made up the crap. Why is it so difficult for you to read my actual postings? Wells choose to discuss the topics he did and all of those topics are headline grabbing topics, and so he in turn makes them even more of an headline by repeating them on tv again. And so forth. In the clip it is Wells who mentions the whacky headlines, and so why would he repeat, once again, all of that wackyness. Of course there were other topics to discuss such as the Conservative stand on the Chinese investment in the oilsands and the NDP’s dismissal of such but never mind. I am the one who can’t listen to what Wells is talking about in the clip. It is always the same on these boards. No one really wants to see what is happening in front of their eyes.

        • .” In the clip it is Wells who mentions the whacky headlines, and so why would he repeat, once again, all of that wackyness”

          Er…maybe because the govt doesn’t want to talk about its real agenda right now? Secretive is the word Wells used, i think.
          Why is it so difficult for you to listen to all of the actual points he made?

          • The point Wells is trying to make is that there seems to be no other government business than whacky headline business and secret agendas. If Wells would be looking beyond such sillyness he would have time to come up with many other topics, worthwhile topics, under discussion by this government. The fact that on this clip he never even reaches beyond the whackyness and futhermore repeats the whackyness once again for all to read, says enough about his priorities when speaking on tv. Not very journalistic.

          • You just don’t get it do you? You don’t listen either. It is just Well’s opinions here on what is going on right now. Do you really believe it is his job to look for positive news about the govt? Why don’t you list a couple of those “many other worthwhile topics under discussion by this govt,” since you’re aware of them and Well’s seems to have been asleep at the switch?

          • He’s not on tv, it’s an in house video. He’s not giving a national address.

    • “And all Wells can talk about is Anderson, Toews and the firing of
      chaplains, and secrecy on the part of the government. Wells talks about
      nothing else in the video. And HE wonders if this government is somehow
      adrift?”

      Somewhere in there is a smidgin of logic, i’m positive of it. It’ll turn up one of these days.

  6. This criticism(shameless advertising) of the Conservative Government has been brought to you by the Conservative Economic Action Plan.

  7. I thought they jammed everything they wanted to do in one omnibus bill. Now idle hands and all that….

  8. Well done! This is a great feature (…though maybe get a new background — it looks a little 1993).

    • I thought it was real[cough].

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