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Prorogue? What prorogue? (II)


 

In 2,000 words—and about as many as the actual interview—David Akin explains why he and John Ivison asked the Prime Minister what they did. (In a comment below to a reader, he explains the photograph.)


 

Prorogue? What prorogue? (II)

  1. Wow that's weak.

  2. When you have to write an entire blog post that long to justify your actions, it is obvious that a question or two–such as the question David has still not heard a satisfactory answer on–would have been a better decision. Yes, by all means don't ask the same questions Mansbridge did, but honestly who wouldn't run a response to the "why two months" question?

  3. Depends. If it made the PM look bad, I'm sure CanWest wouldn't have.

  4. "Listen, we're newspaper writers. As such, we haven't the first clue as to what resonates with what remains of newspaper readers in this country, but you can be damn sure that if we did, we wouldn't risk giving up our access to the PM in order to pursue it."

  5. So sad, but so funny!

  6. Prorogue? What prorogue?

    Yes, the sentiment of Canadians exactly.

    What I'm more curious about is the possibility of a spring election. Many pundits think Harper will call one, yet he says he won't. Is there a possible middle ground? Let me see.

    He could lay out an agenda in the throne speech and the budget which the opposition simply can't support. He has said that he will address deficit cutting measures beyond the second half of his stimulus package. Could these serve as the basis of a possible election?

    Just some thoughts.

  7. Akin's excuse for not asking about prorogation seems to be as long or longer than the 13 mins "other" material he got from Harper. Well at least he admitted Manbridge had tried, which was what he and Ivison did not do.

  8. Three excuses:

    1. We didn't get enough time:

    "John and I knew going in, we'd be lucky to get 15 minutes"

    2. It's the fault of the readers:

    "We are there, incidentally, as proxies for our readers"

    3. Calling elected leaders to account for their actions and decisions is not the job of journalists, that's for "interest group(s):"

    "… not as proxies for the opposition parties or for a particular interest group."

    Let's face it Akin, you were annointed with an audience because the Conservatives knew you could be counted on to toe the line, be a good little stenographer to power, and ultimately serve their "interest group."

    The whining is embarassing.

  9. Yes, we need even more liberal journalists who yell and scream every time Harper sneezes wrong.

    How many times do we need to hear the same answers to the same questions regarding prorogue? Politics is almost like a fetish to some people.

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