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Don Martin anoints Lisa Raitt.

Ms. Raitt has attracted a lot of attention as the fastest rising star in Stephen Harper’s cabinet, showing polish under nuclear attack in the House of Commons and poise for speaking without a script while not talking herself into any trouble.  If she spoke decent French, there’d be legitimate buzz over the Toronto lawyer’s leadership potential.

And yes, the ability to deliver a 30-second answer without reading from notes is now considered both noteworthy and commendable.


 

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    • She was elected in Trawna. Down here she’s known as a Pier Dear. Keep your hand on your wallet.

      • Actually she was elected out in Halton.

        Ms. Raitt would never have won a seat in T.O. itself (and not just due to Gritlock) but also because of her role as head of the money-losing Toronto Port Authority whose main golas have been in recent years to sue the City of Toronto, and keep trying to build the fixed-link to the airport even after voters elected politicians opposed to that.

        • She was helped out by a well-funded grudge match against former Con Garth Turner.

          Also by roving bands of people who tore down Turner’s signs and left Raitt’s signs alone.

          • Just for interest’s sake, my reference to the Pier was in honour of Whitney Pier … a neighbourhood of Sydney, Nova Scotia that has a colourful local reputation. Early in the 20th century when Sydney was a booming steel and coal centre a wonderful mixture of ethnic and cultural immigrant groups settled in the Whitney Pier area to work themselves to death in service of the British overlords. It was a simultaneously amazing and depressing place that became ( for good reason ) the seedling for unionism in NS.
            It was – and is – the kind of place that either sucked you down or spit you out.
            Ms. Raitt has done well for herself. I certainly don’t share her political leanings but I have to wish her well.

  1. I liked her duet “(let’s give them) something to talk about’, as well, but I guess that should have no bearing on her political abilities.

  2. And yes, the ability to deliver a 30-second answer without reading from notes is now considered both noteworthy and commendable.

    That’s more a comment on the media than on politicians, Aaron.

  3. “And yes, the ability to deliver a 30-second answer without reading from notes”

    Not to be sneered at, it’s more than Obama can manage.

  4. I remember when so many people were also referring to Maxime Bernier as a “rising star.” I’m still trying to figure out why reporters feel the same about James Moore.. and Ignattief for that matter.

  5. Well, perhaps Don Martin is sucking up – you know, funding and saving his job. Otherwise, it doesn’t make sense to get excited about PM approved rhetoric does it.

  6. Parlimentarians seem incapable of asking questions that are not scripted and read aloud.

    These are generally professional people; why can’t they ask questions without a crutch??

    • Er aaah… because Harper and the PMO don’t want them to?

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        Questions are scripted and asked by the opposition NOT the government. Where have you been?

        Are you suggesting the PMO writes questions for the opposition? That would be really strange.

    • “Parlimentarians seem incapable of asking questions that are not scripted and read aloud.

      These are generally professional people; why can’t they ask questions without a crutch??”

      You wouldn’t be asking this question if you’d heard how these Tories sound like when they go off script.

      • I am referring to the questions asked by the opposition in the H of C. All are meticulously scripted except Duceppe.

        “Here dummy, stand up and read this question.” (and regardless of the answer to the first question ask the scripted second question even if it make you look stupid.)

      • so so true.

  7. Raitt is good in Question Period but it’s a shallow pool. Part of the problem with a cabinet that has been told to bypass media as much as possible is they don’t ever get a chance to get better on their feet.

    Gerry Ritz anyone?

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