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Bernier: Make the bad teevee machine stop


 

Principles of cabinet secrecy, my bum bum: he offered his resignation on Monday morning, but the PMO spent the day figuring out how it would play on TV? How… how… how Paul Martinesque.


 

Bernier: Make the bad teevee machine stop

  1. Come on Paul…what politician (or any other industry professional for that matter) wouldn’t spend some time crafting a strategy to figure out the best, least damaging way to communicate a difficult, politically embarrassing message like this one?

    It’s not the kind of thing you want to go into without some preparation…are you really suggesting otherwise?

  2. Paul Martinesque. Ouch. That is the worst thing you have ever said about the current government.

  3. If this story is true, then the resignation press release would be FALSE, and it would also make Harper’s presser at 1 p.m. also a sham.

  4. “Come on Paul…what politician (or any other industry professional for that matter) wouldn’t spend some time crafting a strategy to figure out the best, least damaging way to communicate a difficult, politically embarrassing message like this one?”

    I would agree, but the article states that “the powers-that-be wanted to assess just how bad the interview by Ms. Couillard would be.” They weren’t planning a media strategy, they were holding out to see if they could get away with it. If Couillard hadn’t mentioned the documents in the interview, then Harper would likely have waited things out and shuffled Bernier out at a later date.

  5. Just to follow-up Anon’s point, you had Peter Van Loan stand up in QP on that same day and laud Bernier’s leadership in world affaira, and you then had Cons. MP Deepak Obhrai come on Don Newman’s show at around the supper hour and say that the caucus was behind Bernier 100% and that everyone thought he was doing a marvellous job.

    Were they all in on this impending resignation, or did the PMO decide to leave them in the dark too (and made to look rather foolish in the process).

  6. Oh my god! I demand a public inquiry or at least a copy of all the tapes from the bugs in everyones beds from CSIS then again could be the Hells Angels tape guy. Politicians might actually be concerned about the message on the media! This is entirely unacceptable and I am at present composing a letter to my MP! Absolutely outrageous.

  7. PMSH waited until 7 p.m. to avoid Mike Duffy Live, Don Newman’s broooooooadcast and the evening news. Plus, there was no media advisory sent to the email list. There would have been a media availability before jetting off to Europe.

  8. That’s “Mr. Accountability” for you.

    Literally: it’s accountability for you but not for him.

  9. It’s also rather Martinesque that Harper had an excuse to hightail it out of Dodge for a few days.

  10. But at least Martin left a well-furnished kitty for his replacement. At his currrent pace, Harper will be hanging out the ‘will work for food’ shingle as our economy hits the skids, a little thanks to his luxury-chauffeur-loving, vote-buying-spree, poll-driven and focus-group-tasted rattle in the dark.

  11. The main advantage Harper seems to have over Martin when it comes to this stuff is that his people can see further than a single news cycle.

  12. I guess you didn’t get <a href=”http://pm.gc.ca/eng/media.asp?category=4&id=2120 memo”this memo

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