Liveblogging the PM’s address

6:59pm: PM’s address on Global delivered via Youtube!

7:00pm: Canadians selected the Conservatives on October 14th to bring Canada through the economic crisis

7:00pm: First points past intro are details of the Conservative economic measures.

7:01pm: January 27th will be a budget.  Additional measures there.

7:01pm: “We are consulting with the opposition [on the economy]”

7:02pm: “Instead of a new budget, they propose a coalition that includes a party that wants to break up the country.”

7:03pm: “This is a pivotal moment in our history”

7:04pm: “will use all legal means at our disposal to protect our democracy”

7:06pm: Media coverage: Bob Fife of CTV speculates that if the GG turns down the PM’s request to prorogue, the PM may resign creating urgency for the GG to appoint a new PM.

7:07pm: Craig Oliver upset there was no contrition in the PM’s speech.

7:15pm: Fife suggests Conservatives are actively trying to poach Liberal MPs or have them miss the confidence vote on Monday.

7:16pm: Peter Donolo slamming the PM on CTV.  CTV presents Donolo as a pollster instead of Jean Chretien’s former Director of Communications.

7:17pm: Fife complains that Dion’s hasn’t presented a tape to CTV yet.  Lloyd complains that network time is expensive.  They presumed that they’d be back to prime time television by now.  Fife reveals that Layton wanted equal time as part of the coalition.

7:25pm: CBC says that Dion’s tape delay shows poor communications by the Liberals.  Maybe Dion didn’t understand his own speech.

7:26pm: Liberal tape has a poor start.

7:27pm: Jeffrey Simpson’s global warming book on Dion’s bookshelf.

7:28pm: Dion mentions the Bloc and the Green party will support the Liberals (on issues of confidence – what?)

7:28pm: Dion: Consensus is a great Canadian value

7:29pm: “Rivals are working together elsewhere in the world.  Why not here?”

7:29pm: Dion messaging against possible prorogation.

7:30pm: Dion outlining a potential economic platform.

7:31pm: Dion moves past allotted network time.

7:32pm: Dion describes his letter to the GG.  Outlined his suggestion to her not to prorogue.  “If [Harper] is to suspend parliament, he must face a vote of confidence.”

7:32pm: Dion says he’ll work day and night on the economic crisis.

Here’s Prime Minister Harper’s speech

Comments

comments

45 thoughts on “Liveblogging the PM’s address”

  1. Notice dion had no flag in his video, did the other leaders have one. Dion probably asked for too many start overs and they ran out of film so they used his cell phone. The three leaders ? should have been together with only one doing the talking.

  2. I say let this go to a vote on Monday, it may fail anyways. If they defeat the Government, ask the GG for an election. If the GG gives it to the Coalition, let them have it. It will blow up in their face. Layton will think he is the PM, the man has never seen a camera he doesnt like. He will walk all over Dion, the Liberal backbench will get pissed. The Bloc will demand more for Quebec. Harper will have a field day as opposition leader. Iggy will step into a quagmire (if the Govt survives till june) Canadians will demand a Tory majority.

  3. CTV dissected PMSH, I thought.

    I think he looks like he has a bug of some kind. Poor guy. Excellent speech but then I could listen to him for hours. (as long as he looks at the camera)

    Good job, Stephen!

  4. The Liberals used to depend on “us” shooting ourselves in the foot. Looks like the tables have turned. It seems “we” have the luxury of this now.

  5. Dion forgets to mention to the Canadian people that the Bloc is part of the coalition, even though the CBC, CTV and Global rattle on about the Bloc for 15 minutes each. Does Gilles know he’s been kicked to the curb already?

  6. No mention of the production quality. Beeker — I mean Dion, I always confuse him with the Muppets character — was too close to the camera.

    The live responses from Duceppe and Layton were much better. But, so each of the opposition leaders need their own time before the camera? A coalition is going to work with three PMs?

  7. French video of Dion’s speech is the most amateurish thing I have ever seen and the French journalists said the same thing. He will be a laughingstock in Quebec and across the country. Half of his face cut off by the person who filmed him!

  8. Most of the TOM media (Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal) is still trying to blame Harper for this mess. Rapists usually blame the victim for being too provocative. Harper deserves to be raped by the three losers because he was too provocative.

    Those who voted for the Socialist Party, the Toronto Party (Liberals), or the Quebec Party weren't aware that these parties were really of one mind.

    Canada has become a commonwealth – not a country. My country is WOW – West of Winnipeg. It's a colony of the foreign city-states in the TOM triangle of power.

    ghambleton@sasktel.net has had enough.

  9. I heard that the book behind Stephane was “Hot Air”

    Do you think it was his sense of humour showing?

  10. This embarrassing for all Canadians. This was amateur hour. Definitely not Harper’s best speech. What are we to think o united government in waiting that cannot agree to appear together and make their case? Dion is incompetent. Layton jumps on a mike before Duceppe is even half through his speech. Did Dion record his address holding a cell phone in front of his face? Gawd, i do not think any Canadians were reassured tonight. One thing is clear, the Coalition is done. Harper will survive. Canadians lose. I am ticked.

  11. Do you think it's easy to make priorities? Don't worry, Stephane, when you're only a figurehead, they'll be assigned to you.

    Poor, Poor “Absent Professor” (reference to his voting record).

    Is Canada really ready for CO-PRIME-MINISTERS LAYTON-DUCEPPE-(and that other guy) ?

    These three guys couldn't come together long enough to agree on who should cater their lunch.

    Porogue, and let the fur fly!

  12. I was thinking he'd have to hold up today's paper to prove that the recording was current just like he was in a remote bunker or something. With his luck it would have been the one with the NO! NO! NO! headline.

  13. Don't Worry Stephane: Priorites are easy to make, when you're only a figure head… someone will assign them to you. // The Poor, poor “Absent Professor” (voting record in house) doesn't know whether he's coming or going.//

    Is Canada REALLY ready for CO-PRIME-MINISTERS DUCEPPE, LAYTON (and that, uh, other guy…)?

    These three couldn't get together long enough to decide who would cater lunch. Sheesh.

  14. My friend said it best: “Dion’s speech was like watching The Gong Show.”

    Coalition, behold your leader!

  15. I guess this speaks of Layton and Duceppe's negotiating skills… surely they could have made better arrangements then to agree to Dion being the next PM!

    How embarrassing.

  16. I think Steven Harper should not be playing the separatist card in defense of his minority government against the “holy trinity”. The move by this group is very unethical and the people of Canada know this fact. In the long run the holy trinity will disintegrate for many reasons including the demands of the Bloc. The formation of the consortium is folly at best and doomed to fail or not even get off the ground. However, by not playing this separatist card the reasonable people of Canada will understand the Bloc and the NDP motives without it being spoken by Mr. Harper. Why the Liberals would agree to be a part of the “holy trinity”, I can only surmise a power grab. Mr. Harper should maintain friendship with reasonable Quebecois and let the other parties destroy themselves through their own folly. It may be too late to not play the card but he should still speak up in defense of all reasonable Quebecois and cool the rhetoric. A retraction would be of great benefit to the future Conservative movement and help to alleviate the concerns of all Canadians.

  17. So, Harper didn’t do anything to provoke this crisis? Ok then, who do you blame…Flaherty? Also, do you really think Harper is cute enough to be raped? Really really?

    I’ll need some help to understand how when Harper sought the Bloc’s support, it was OK, but if anyone else does so it’s unCanadian. Probably I’m just thick. I’m also curious as to how the Conservative’s current maligning of the BQ will help convince Quebecois that staying in Canada is in their best interests, as opposed to, say, consulting with them.

    Finally, with the price of oil and other commodities likely to stay low for a while, don’t separate the west just yet, without grabbing your share of that sweet sweet federal corporate bailout money .

    Merry Prorogue, anyway

  18. So, Harper didn’t do anything to provoke this crisis? Ok then, who do you blame…Flaherty? Also, do you really think Harper is cute enough to be raped? Really really?

    I’ll need some help to understand how when Harper sought the Bloc’s support, it was OK, but if anyone else does so it’s unCanadian. Probably I’m just thick. I’m also curious as to how the Conservative’s current maligning of the BQ will help convince Quebecois that staying in Canada is in their best interests, as opposed to, say, consulting with them.

    Finally, with the price of oil and other commodities likely to stay low for a while, don’t separate the west just yet, without grabbing your share of that sweet sweet federal corporate bailout money .

    Merry Prorogue, anyway

  19. Stephen, are the short announcements and the pressers that follow them uploaded to YouTube or to some other site?

    I would like to suggest that your website include not only the speeches but also the Q & As or pressers the PM does, so that people like me, who often call talk shows to set the record straight, can refer listeners to a quote from the PM.

    If a video of such press conferences are not possible, why not a transcript of the text and the questions & answers?

    You know, it really irks me when I hear a talk show host misrepresent something the PM has said. That is why I would like to have a copy of both the speech and the ensuing questions so that such misrepresentation could be set straight.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *