‘I gotta change the story’


Canada may be back. But we’re having a hard time getting a picture taken to prove it.


‘I gotta change the story’

  1. Maybe he was just in the washroom.

  2. The U.S. official said he didn't understand why the photograph was so important, to which Kelly replied "we were carpetbagged this morning by (environmental non-governmental organizations) with a false press release, I gotta change the story."

    Is this what happens to you when you opt for a career in high level politics…first you lose your sense of humour, then you lose perspective? Maybe it's the other way around? There seems to be very little fun in politics these days.

    • I think that word doesn't mean what he thinks it means.

      • Which one? Carpetbagged or fun? Sandbgged was what he was after i suppose.

      • Well, maybe he thinks he's a Southern Confederate who just got looted by a Northerner.

  3. In other words, the release from Prentice's office was no more truthful than the earlier hoax.

    • Yeah i missed that. I see Aaron didn't…" I gotta change the story." Sometimes life's ironic. Sometimes you give it a bit of help.

    • They may not have been truthful, but they were truthy.

  4. Why is Steven Chu against the troops working towards a solution to climate change

  5. I wonder if the snub was actually because of this.
    “At the end of the day, if American consumers buy Canadian oil and consume it in the United States … the environmental compliance cost should really be absorbed on the United States' side of the border,”–Jim Prentice.

    • It could also have something to do with this…

      "We're generally seen here to be a non-participant, not an important player because our role has only been to obstruct progress," she said. "It's very sad compared to where we used to be in terms of our international reputation."

    • Yep, you can't expect consumers to pay for the cost of carbon emissions. They generally don't see their own consumption as a problem. It is the fault of the oil companies!

      Why should leaders of countries think any differently than their own consumer citizens?

    • Odd that Prentice is parroting Paul Martin's recent comments about the Oil Sands and US consumption.

    • Given Prentice's logic, shouldn't we be absorbing China's compliance costs for all that stuff we buy from them?

    • By the same logic, we in the developed world would be expected to absorb a pretty good chunk of China and Mexico's emissions.

  6. Yikes. Even our closest ally doesn't want to be seen with us at an environmental conference. You're doing a heckuva job, Prentice!

    • Still, John Baird is a pretty tough act to follow

  7. Next thing he'll start doing something about that deficit problem — but don't touch the PM's private dresser/psychic/confidence-realigner!

  8. "The Thick of It conforms to a popular impression, again a pretty well-founded one, that modern government is run by political apparatchiks who have no real clue what they are doing beyond trying to cover up massive incompetence and deceit. The interests of the country are always considered of secondary importance to those of the party. These are, of course, fictions; but because they contain more than a nugget of truth they feed into a wider cynicism about how we are governed." Daily Telegraph, Dec 14 '09

    I read this earlier and thought it was appropriate. It was in article about how civil servants can regain trust of pols.

    • It's been this way for a lot longer… watching a few episodes of "Yes, Prime Minister" certainly suggests so.

    • Jolyon, I agreed with you right up to the point where you included/indicted the bureaucrats. Yes, our governments spend a lot of time and money trying to sideline the policy makers and public service we already have. This is a particular trend amongst the Axis of Anglos. Tony Blair, for instance, was elevated to power and ultimately undone by his and New Labour's (talent for and) inability to distinguish between policy making and media relations. If a policy ran into trouble or didn't cause the public to think him a saint, it wasn't revisited on its merits … it simply needed to be repackaged and (groan) "re-messaged".

      The main problem is that governments in power are now regularly trying to bypass and sideline the very law- and policy-making bodies and bureaucracies they are supposed to direct. Special advisors, Tsars, special commission, special masters, blue ribbon panels, Quangos, etc. are used as foils against Parliamentary committees, regulatory commissions, etc. So while your take on the trend is timely, you might want to correct your fire a wee bit.

      • I don't believe bureaucrats are the main problem, I agree with your "Special advisors, Tsars, special commission, special masters, blue ribbon panels, Quangos" list, but they are part of it.

        I will always take shots at bureaucrats because they are my bogeyman and irritate me beyond sense or reason.

  9. "I gotta change the story" – now there's a concept they've taken to an art form.

    • Apparently complex dialogue was too difficult, so they want to change it to a picture book.

  10. The last time I heard the term sandbagged (which I agree is what I think Dimitri meant) was when I played golf regularly..and it referred to when an opponent deliberately gave the impression that his skills were far less than in fact they were…Seems like Dimitri was outplayed by a whole collections of sandbaggers – the climate change activists – the largest most populace provinces – the White House team…did I forget anyone? Oh yes – the Planet!

  11. Sir Humphrey – as always – has something to say on the matter:-
    skipping a few stages…
    Stage four – Discredit the person who produced the report. Explain (off the record) that:-
    1) He is harbouring a grudge against the Department
    2) He is a publicity seeker
    3) He is trying to get a knoghthood / chair / vice-chancellorship (I guess in Canada's case a Senate seat)
    4) He is a consultant to a multi-national
    5) he wants to be a consultant to a multi-national…

    Heck – and this is re-usuable – Dimitri could churn this out next week about Colvin!

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