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Today


 

So here is how budget day will work at Macleans.ca.

At this very moment, our Paul Wells, Andrew Coyne, John Geddes and Philippe Gohier are sequestered in a downtown Ottawa conference room with various other journalists, bureaucrats and government officials, scrutinizing at length the federal budget. They will be freed at 4pm and will burst forth with all sorts of news and analysis. So you have only to hold your breath for another three hours.

I, possessing only rudimentary math skills, am not in the lock-up and am instead skipping joyfully around the capital, delighting in the freedom of movement that is allowed when most everyone else is being held captive. I’ll be in the House for Question Period at 2pm, in the foyer for scrums afterward and then back in my seat for the budget speech by Jim Flaherty at 4pm. Some sort of written account will follow.


 

Today

  1. No chance you could somehow get the key to the lockup room into the Ottawa River is there?

  2. "… skipping joyfully around the capital"

    I'd pay money to see that. I'd pay even more money if you could get Coyne to join you.

    • I'm picturing Martin Prince.

      Sorry Aaron.

      • Strangely, I was picturing Martin Prince too.

  3. Is it possible to pump some kind of toxin into the sequestered room?
    For entertainment purposes, I'd like the release to contain great furor – possibly even rabidness!
    Picture them, storming out, mouths frothing…..

    • Meh.. if you want that, just wait til 4pm.

  4. For posterity's sake, please note the exact time, the interlocutors involved and nature of the first exchange that becomes "shouty."

  5. If kady is there say hi from all her old readers!

  6. When you do QP summary, you may want to mention to Feschuk that I am disappointed he has not yet declared a photo caption contest for pic of Guergis, still in front benches, staring into camera over Harper's shoulder as he answered questions during QP. I would also expect Opposition to be smart enough to use this for press release, photo contests, etc. Ex, have picture of Harper, with correct quote and rebuttal below, and have cartoon bubble above Guergis, with pithy summary of PM position: "Frack You People! Frack Democracy! I Hate This Shithole Parliament!" I disagreed on Opp asking for resignation based on principle and logic. But not media and others. I did also say she should resign, and terrible politics not to, and Cons should and will pay price if so. And as Lib, was hopeful cons really would be so stupid as to leave her in, as they have. So I say, have at her and PM, and link them together, "disrespectin' parliament and canadians".

    also, re. Feschuk post, another point to consider for you: I too honestly wonder, often, if govt actually trying to lose power. MPCC would have buried detainee thing re. public consciousness, but too far gone now. Mad anthem suggestion, Guergis still minister, etc.. Maybe they don't want to be in govt when tax hikes and cuts come? I don't know, but hard to believe Opp being given gift after gift by mistake (tribute to Opp…"abilities" that nothing come of it yet). Maybe Opp doesn't want power either? What is real, unreal, bluff, doublebluff, triplebluff, etc.? I just stick to "reality" as best I can see it, but maybe I'm wrong. Who's to say?

  7. When you do QP summary, you may want to mention to Feschuk that I am disappointed he has not yet declared a photo caption contest for pic of Guergis, still in front benches, staring into camera over Harper's shoulder as he answered questions during QP. I would also expect Opposition to be smart enough to use this for press release, photo contests, etc. Ex, have picture of Harper, with correct quote and rebuttal below, and have cartoon bubble above Guergis, with pithy summary of PM position: "Frack You People! Frack Democracy! I Hate This Shithole Parliament!" I disagreed on Opp asking for resignation based on principle and logic. But not media and others. I did also say she should resign, and terrible politics not to, and Cons should and will pay price if so. And as Lib, was hopeful cons really would be so stupid as to leave her in, as they have. So I say, have at her and PM, and link them together, "disrespectin' parliament and canadians".

    also, re. Feschuk post, another point to consider for you: I too honestly wonder, often, if govt actually trying to lose power. MPCC would have buried detainee thing re. public consciousness, but too far gone now. Mad anthem suggestion, Guergis still minister, etc.. Maybe they don't want to be in govt when tax hikes and cuts come? I don't know, but hard to believe Opp being given gift after gift by mistake (tribute to Opp…"abilities" that nothing come of it yet). Maybe Opp doesn't want power either? What is real, unreal, bluff, doublebluff, triplebluff, etc.? I just stick to "reality" as best I can see it, but maybe I'm wrong. Who's to say?