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BTC: Constructive criticism


 

It might’ve been more fun if he’d phrased it like a Page 6 blind item (“Which national columnist hasn’t a clue what he’s talking about?”), but still interesting to see Liberal Glen Pearson, via his blog, call out a representative member of the press gallery. To wit.

“The days following the announcement of Stephane Dion’s Green Shift proposal have been highly illustrative of much of what is wrong in the present political system.  I don’t need to go into the Prime Minister’s demeaning ‘It will screw everybody’ –  the level of rhetoric speaks for itself.

“I’m more intrigued by the pundrity coming out of national media.  That there would be numerous opinions was to be predicted.  I am more surprised at the sheer lack of understanding of the Green Shift plan.  I spoke to one national columnist today who scolded me for supporting a plan that would ultimately hurt (his tone could have more fit the PM’s “screwed” language) the less-fortunate in society.  He said this to me because he perceived (correctly) that because I’m still director of my local food bank, poverty should matter to me.  But then he assumed (incorrectly) that I should take issue with Dion’s new initiative as a result.  Once I took him through the details of the plan that pertained to the alleviation of poverty he simply stated he didn’t understand that before.

“And that’s the problem with it all.  Rather than spending time searching it out and speaking with experts (I’m not one, by the way), so many have just decided the plan won’t work.  I still find it incredible, especially considering the sheer importance of the initiative.  Whether one agrees with the plan or not, it is a serious policy effort and deserves to be treated with a corresponding seriousness.”

If this were Gawker or Perez Hilton, I suppose you could use the comments to start guessing as to who this national columnist might be. But that would be irresponsible and wrong and mean and wrong. Not that it would be terribly democratic of me to stop you.

(If you do wish to guess, please phrase your theories in the language of Clue. As in, “It was Paul Wells, in the library, with the misreading of tax rebates.”)


 
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BTC: Constructive criticism

  1. I’m presuming that it wasn’t any of the journalists at this publication.

    I actually have to take a bit of issue with Mr. Pearson. I think the program has been explained fairly well by the media.

  2. Well I took his advice and researched carefully and have talked to and read advice from the experts and guess what = Boss Boss … the plane the plane – The plane don’t fly

  3. Gee, a partisan Conservative comes to that conclusion – shocking!!

  4. Wayne, by “tak[ing] his advice and research[ing] carefully” do you mean reading Tory talking points, and by “the experts” do you mean Peter Van Loan?

  5. I’m really hurting what’s left of my brain
    trying to think of a “national columnist”
    these days who might be pondering the plight
    of the “less fortunate”. Most seem to be very
    concerned with the intolerable burdens borne by
    investor class.
    Are Rick Salutin (shhh) or Tom Walkom national?

  6. Ooh I know. Sisyphus tipped it.

  7. Hey Dean P : if you want to know more about the green shaft check out the models that Dion is basing his approach on. Check out what is happening right now in Britain and Australia where surprise surprise very similar programs have been implemented. So far there appears to be common theme when it comes to criticism’s of this type of plan (1) it doesn’t work unless the carbon pricing is significantly higher and there can be no exemptions as this defeats the original purpose(2) tax refunds (credits whatever you want to cal them) are not quite working out to be as much as promised due to unintended consequences = surprise surprise – both countries are experiencing stronger and stronger opposition to their plans – see next election for conclusion.

  8. Surely any incedulity that the press or public are not closely examining the details of policy is feigned. At best.

  9. Wayne: Given you can’t apparently even describe the plan without resorting to the Tories’ elementary-schoolyard slur of calling it a “shaft,” I doubt your experts are all that neutral.

  10. Hey Dean I calls them like I see them whereas your comments appear to be not even barely diguised insults … think about that.

  11. comment by Wayne on Monday, June 30, 2008 at 6:17 pm:

    You say:

    “Hey Dean I calls . . .”

    ? ? ?

    Do you understand plurals at all? Or, do you even understand plurality at all?

    ” . . . them like I see them whereas your comments appear to be not even barely diguised . . .”

    Even this simplified system has a built-in spell check and you can’t even get “diguised” right?

    “. . . insults … think about that.”

    I guess you should.

    Please see:

    http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/John_Stuart_Mill

    I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. I believe that is so obviously and universally admitted a principle that I hardly think any gentleman will deny it.

    o Letter to the Conservative MP, Sir John Pakington (March 1866)

    Hello! Wayne?

    them like I see them whereas your comments appear to be not even barely diguised insults … think about that.

    * I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. I believe that is so obviously and universally admitted a principle that I hardly think any gentleman will deny it.
    o Letter to the Conservative MP, Sir John Pakington (March 1866)

  12. Steve Simmons in the cabbage patch with a turnip?

  13. Pearson has a point. Guessing who the journalist is really doesn’t matter. J’accuse tous.

    Readers don’t tend to beg for journalists to do their homework. And heaven knows that when you’re paid like they are today, journalists can find reasons not to.

    But we all deserve a better debate don’t we?

  14. Dean P; the more you respond in such a fashion the more it is evident as to the limitations and nature thereof of someone who to prove a point quotes to a Tory from 1866. Now I know it is difficult to find people to affirm some of the thoughts you so eloquently post however 1866 and not even from someone who could float to near the top of anyones list of famous people? PUHHHLeeeease!!!!!!! you need to study an old adage that when you point at someone with a finger there are three pointing right back at you and frankly when it comes to stupidity the Conservatives are still in power despite the best efforts of the Liberal opposition party (by the way this is a sarcastic comment since you apparently have difficulty in discerning such). This fact belies your proposition if I were I would suggest re-examining your a priori.

  15. RE- Obama & all! I fear the Americans are delusional- when it come s to – not-seeing thru him!He is trying to bring the past back- change- what is he going to change- even he doesn’t know- as one doesn’t know what’s in the coffers( money) until one gets into power!But- he thinks – everyone is born equal & has equal chances in this world. Well- think again- we are NOT born equal- If I’m born to rich parents- I’m rich right off the bat- if I’m born into royalty- I’m such-etc. !The blacks think- he will bring them all up to date in wealth- health-equality- there is no such thing! do u really want the white house full of blacks- first black lady- an inexsperienced young black as presedent!!!! think again- what he is saying- sometimes has no meaning- just goes on & on- cause he knows people want to hear his voice!In Germany- what’s he doing there- still fighting WW2! He better start explaining -just what all this change is all about!!! the economy suffering- the wars- must come to some kind of end- or continue- who wants that.The bottom line is- he is power hungry -all over the WORLD- very frightening-when people liken him to J F K- wrong man- he had a future vision- but Obama- doesn’t even mention progress- going into space etc.he reminds me of another-I hate to say it (Hister!)be ware of what & who u vote for!!!! M G.

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