2. "No" to this. Glen Pearson has been writing excellent blog posts all summer about liberalism, its past, present and future, the challenges, the difficulties in Canadian society at the moment, you name it. It's been inspirational stuff. Today's post takes on anonymous commenters he's been hearing from who are crossing lines in a most hateful way toward Pearson and his family. A hearty "no" to that. I hope he knows that there are a lot of us out here who have been rooting him on this summer and who are with him in his work.
Yet I’m experiencing a growing sense that the good people of Canada, from all political persuasions, are saying enough to this kind of vengeful influence in this land.I hope he's right about that. I think things are shifting this summer too, in many ways, but it's hard to put your finger on exactly.
3. Um, Globe, what are you thinking? The hagiography here is worth a gigantic "no": "One day, we'll look back and thank Jim Flaherty." Kevin Carmichael is a great reporter and I enjoy a lot of what he writes, including a fair part of that article. But that headline and the conclusive bent of the piece, Mr. Flaherty is just not worthy of that prediction. The piece itself underscores that in its cataloguing of the disastrous fall '08 financial update, the much criticized GST cuts, the income trusts decision, the stimulus jury still being out and the questionable legacy it will leave the nation...Deficit Jim has a nickname for a reason, you know.
4. This line makes me feel icky so I'm saying "no" to it: "...there is something else there, something positively bordering of friskiness when he is up here." Yes, John Ibbitson's on the friskiness watch up in the Arctic with the PM. That's just plain old icky. Particularly when the trip is one of the most stage managed, expensive series of photo-ops, apparent to all. The core issue for the northern jaunts is this:
The truth is that Harper's government, while giving northern sovereignty welcome profile, has promised much and invested little -- outside of annual photo ops like this week's military ballet on ice and Harper's unexpected northern jig.Now that's something we can agree on.