Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Another "what's wrong with Canadian politics" post

Another item tonight for consideration: "Kevin Page event raises eyebrows – and sends Liberals scrambling." Quel drama! Yes, Kevin Page the Parliamentary Budget Officer, actually thought it would be a good idea to speak to a group of university students out west. It was an invitation from Young Liberals at Vancouver Island University. Put me down as one who thinks it's good that the PBO would go out and talk to young people who are motivated enough to invite him. NDP party members are quoted in the story as saying they'd be attending as well. Isn't this the kind of thing we should encourage?

To make it a fundraiser for the Young Liberals, probably not a good idea. And they fixed that issue fairly quickly. Fair enough.

But it doesn't appear that Page knew anything about that. He likely viewed it as an opportunity to attend at a university and speak about his office and such matters. To tar him as a partisan shill for this incident seems quite over the top. I mean, really? Kevin Page's judgment is being called into question over a university invite? Please. Let's have a sense of proportion.

Doesn't seem very newsworthy to me. Mole hill not mountain kind of thing instead.

Carry on.