We’ve been seeing a lot of the Prime Minister as of late. Why?

The Prime Ministership of Canada, by its very nature, is an all encompassing and busy job. Some note that this Prime Minister is hands on with a number of portfolios, taking ownership of a number of issues as they arise. Yet, this Prime Minister still must see some interview lights in order to present his case to the Canadian people. After all, at the end of the day, they have been and will remain the final judge of his record.

There is some tricky balancing to be done with the job and the public perception of the office. While the Prime Minister must do his best to show a good face to Canadians, he cannot appear to eager, or rather, too available to do so. This Prime Minister is handling Canada’s stake in the shaky global economy and therefore he can’t be yukking it up with Rick Mercer too regularly or be doing too much superficial glad-handing while Canadians are concerned about their economic future. In fact, as far as busy leaders go, Barack Obama was recently criticized for over-exposure for appearing on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno (a first for any President) while the bailout package was under full debate in Washington.

Though this observer notes that we’ve been seeing a lot of the Prime Minister of late in the sense that he’s been making himself a lot more available to media for one-on-ones. Canadian reporters will scoff at this observation, noting that they’re left holding the bag (or rather the remote and the mouse) as they watch the PM do interviews on CNN and Fox and read him on the website of the Wall Street Journal. But yet, while the PM’s message comes back to Canadians across the border through the CRTC-approved cable packages of Canadians, at least to the PMO, it does so more easily than it would if it had originated and filtered through a scornful yet context-aware Canadian news outlet. Yet, despite the PM’s American news tour, we are still seeing more of the man through Canadian news avails as well.

Why is this?

When Stephane Dion was leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, the Conservatives did their best to define the man and then allowed that definition to shine through the Conservative-adjusted lenses of the news media and electorate. Too much of the PM on the “leader stage” would provide too much distracting glare from the well-crafted stage show of Mr. Dion, presented by the Conservative Party of Canada.

Now, the Conservatives are dealing with a new leader in Michael Ignatieff. Though Mr. Ignatieff is still prone to gaffes and debates himself in public, he is a more serious opponent. As a leader, he is not so easily discounted by the news media and electorate. And while Mr. Ignatieff may stumble at times, he does so coherently without the media finding itself trying to explain what he really meant (again, Mr. Ignatieff does this well enough on his own). With Dion, Conservatives would have been glad to buy the hapless leader his own airtime, but to Hill watchers, Mr. Harper finds more of a competitor on the same stage — a stage he blissfully occupied alone until now.

Mostly unopposed, Mr. Obama is a leader largely crafted by publicity and the peripheral glamour of politics and for the US President the Tonight Show appearence was as strategy to do what had worked in the past. For Mr. Harper, the past was a stage gleefully given to Dion. The present, however, compels him to occupy the spotlight and enunciate his plan.

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  • Hoarfrost

    Harper is wasting his appearances to me. When the Conservative Party starts a campaign to abolish the Human Right's Commissions as currently constituted I will, again be an enthusiastic supporter. Sometimes a Party needs to lead opinion. Until then I shall no longer be an active “CIM 10″ supporter and contributor.

  • john

    Stephen thisi s OFF TOPIC, but I have to say I'm surprised that neither you nor ANY blogging Tory seems to have commented on the fact that Louise Arbour has been declared by the Liberal Party of Canada to be their key note speaker at their convention. Given that you and others have said so many negative things about her in the past, I'm surprised you'd say nothing now that the party has declared her their featured speaker.

    What gives? Hopefully you don't delete this comment even though it is off topic.

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca Stephen Taylor

    I didn't hear about this until you told me!

  • Omanator

    Louis Arbour is a French Canadian and I alway thought she was a Liberal. Therefor I am not surprised that
    she has been chosen the key note Speaker. And further Ignatieff is trying everything in his power to get as many votes in Quebec as possible. So I am not surprised.

  • Omanator

    I am glad that the PM is finally realzing that he will never get a fair shake with the Canadian Media. On his way
    to the Conference of the Americas today he talked to Fox news instead to the many Canadian Reporters.
    I remember when the Media was hammering the phrase ” Women don't like Harper' day after day. It was nothing but a huge propanada slogan probably created by the Liberals. There are very few Canadian Reporter who will
    report the facts and leave us to decided what it means. Most of the them always end the show with a liberal spin. Since a lot Canadians watch the American news, me included, Whatever he has to say will get back to the Country. The Canadian Media has only itself to blame for this situation.

  • john

    Well now that you know, thoughts?

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  • Liberal

    What goes around, comes around, li’l feller.

  • Liberal

    What goes around, comes around, li’l feller.

  • terry1

    Harper will never get respect from the Canadian media because he treated them like dogs when he was first elected. Paybacks are hell.

  • Blues Clair

    “We’ve been seeing a lot of the Prime Minister as of late.”

    That must be the reason for the Liberals recent bump in the polls… otherwise, I was at a loss to explain it.

    For anyone who missed it…

    “Asked which party they would support if an election were held tomorrow, 36.7 opted for the Liberals while 30.2 per cent chose the Conservatives. About 15.5 per cent supported the NDP, while the Green party was the choice of 8.1 per cent and the Bloc Québécois was backed by 9.4 per cent.”

  • http://climbingoutofthedark.blogspot.com Hunter

    He asked them to put their names on a list. Obama has done the same thing. So is it okay for Obama but not Harper?

  • Acer

    amen brother…he reaped what he sowed.

  • simon

    To all the self righteous posters feigning indignation at PMSH.

    Terry 1…do you truly think that PMSH cares what the Cdn media think…don't be so wishfully naive .

    Blues Clair…you're cut off the koolaid 'till you get your senses back…dollars to donuts that your man won't even get close to an election in the forseeable future …Canadians appear to be quite content with their present gov't and not in a hurry for yet another election.
    As an aside, Mr Ignatieff's scrawl appears on many “lapses of judgement” which he will have to explain at the next election…should he last that long.

  • Gabby in QC

    ” … he treated them like dogs”

    Terry1, you have a talent for making ridiculously unfounded statements.

    The PM, or rather his communications staff, merely asked reporters to give their names so that a list of questioners could be drawn up. Instead of reporters shouting out questions and the one shouting the loudest getting the question, the reporters are identified by name and news organization.

    But don’t take my partisan view of things. Instead, consider what a couple of journalists have said about the PPG.
    http://www.rrj.ca/issue/2005/summer/553/
    “If the Parliamentary press gallery had devoted one-thousandth the energy it has committed to sterile guessing about Chrétien's exit date to even one or two topics of actual interest to Canadians, our readers would know a hell of a lot more about the country than they do.”

    http://bolditalic.com/quotulatiousness_archive/
    “We have decided — and by “we,” I mean every large news organization in Canada without exception — that nobody in Canada needs information about how we are governed any more. In a shockingly short time, we have shrunk the moral distance between the Sunday political shows and the weeknight reality shows to zero. Both shows are about who gets voted off the island.
    We have become a ridiculous bunch. For the past five years it was hard to find 200 words, in even the Globe and Mail, on the contents or ramifications of any bill before the Commons. In fact, for months at a time, the people whose job it is to cover Parliament would claim there was nothing going on in Parliament. Oddly enough, when a session was suspended or prorogued, or Chrétien dropped the writ for an election, we would read long, long lists of important-sounding legislation that would now never be passed. How come we never heard about a bill until it died on the order paper? One of life's little mysteries.”
    Paul Wells, quoting a speech he gave in 2003 in “Period Piece”, Inkless Wells, 2006-05-25 (link no longer works)

    http://davidakin.blogware.com/blog/_archives/20
    “During the last election campaign, incidentally, the Prime Minister Paul Martin’s communications staff kept a list of reporters who wanted to ask questions and then they would call out a reporter from that list — just like the current PM is doing.”

    Those puppies can growl and yelp all they want, but the SPCA (Society for the Promotion of Commenter Accuracy, of which I'm a proud member) will be on your case. You definitely belong in the doghouse.

  • Kelly Jamieson

    I think Harper is doing this to raise awareness of Conservative economic policy during the recession as a pre-emptive defence for the next election. If we are still in recession during the next election Harper will come under attack for the blasé attitude he and his government had pre coalition. I bet Conservatives are hopeful raising awareness of their reaction to the situation will mitigate their original inaction to the voters.

  • Kelly Jamieson

    I think Harper is doing this to raise awareness of Conservative economic policy during the recession as a pre-emptive defence for the next election. If we are still in recession during the next election Harper will come under attack for the blasé attitude he and his government had pre coalition. I bet Conservatives are hopeful raising awareness of their reaction to the situation will mitigate their original inaction to the voters.

  • terry1

    Gaby, my comment stands. In his first term in office he refused almost all interviews and was openly disdainful of the press. He has reaped what he sowed. As for giving an interview he is simply preaching to the converted because that channel is another right wing rag, a vestige of the Bush era.

  • terry1

    Simon, Iggy is simply doing what all good politicians do when not in power or in an election mode. He is simply testing his potential policies out on the rubber chicken circuit while rasing his profile. recent polls show that he's doing quite well thank you.

    As for Canadians not wanting an election right now you could be right. But a good crisis cannot be let go by the opposition. In my opinion Harper will probably resign and move on before he gets the boot. His ego couldn't stand an election loss.

  • terry1

    Here is why the tories are sinking……… a comment from a columnist caught my eye.

    ” Hard times are tough on ruling parties and Conservatives continue exacerbating their problems by shifting policies and breaking promises with rapidity and cynicism that must surely toss and turn the old Reform movement in its unquiet grave.”

  • Gabby in QC

    Bloomberg News, CNN – “another right wing rag”?

    The very fact you say “He has reaped what he sowed” confirms the MSM is getting even for imagined slights to their self-appointed importance.
    There's a pattern of the “big guys” – CBC, CTV – minimizing the PM's exposure when he's abroad to attend conferences, except if he happens to miss a group photo-op. In the latter case, THAT item leads the news. Otherwise, it's practically complete silence on what the PM has accomplished or said.

    As Paul Wells suggested in one of the quotes I provided in my previous comment, the MSM asks stupid questions or doesn't ask any questions at all. Two choice examples:
    “If you were a vegetable, which vegetable would you be?”
    “Do you love Canada?”

    Once again, don't take it from my unashamedly partisan POV.
    Here's what David Akin wrote in his Feb. 20 blog post “When it comes to press relations, do you like Obama or Harper?”
    “… But the PMO's attempt to control the Press Gallery via The List is nothing, it seems to me, compared to the control the White House has over the press corps there. “Canadian journos decide on their own who gets ?s [sic] and what they will ask. We, on the other hand, at Gibbs' mercy” wrote Christina Bellantoni, White House correspondent for the The Washington Times and one of those who travelled with Obama on Air Force One to Ottawa to get a first-hand comparative look at the issue. (Robert Gibbs is the White House press secretary.)”

    BTW, at that Obama-Harper press conference, there was a row of journalists who remained seated when the two leaders entered the room – all of them Canadian journalists. All the others in the room courteously stood up.

    Would you say Pres. Obama is also being “openly disdainful of the press”?
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/ar… H/T David Akin’s March 25 blog post “The List: The U.S. takes a PMO invention and improves it!”
    “Breaking with tradition and using a prepared list, Obama did not recognize journalists with The Washington Post, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Wall Street Journal or USA Today — the last four of which were not picked at last month's news conference, either.”

    The PM is not avoiding the Canadian MSM and its so-called hard-ball questions. The PM is simply making sure Canada's POV is being heard abroad. I hope he continues to grant interviews to international news orgs, thus raising Canada's international profile.

  • terry1

    I note all this high profile interviewing comes as rumours abound he is looking for a new job. I would not give Harper the credit or being holistic about anything except his own personal good fortune.

  • Gabby in QC

    “We were originally talking about his FOX interview.”
    No, actually we were talking about possible “over-exposure” of two government leaders: Harper and Obama.

    “… all this high profile interviewing comes as rumours abound he is looking for a new job.”
    Ahh! rumours … well then, that settles it, if it's rumoured, it must be true. Yup, the MSM is on the case. As a consummate Senior Parliamentary Writer might say – “that's hot.” Or is that Paris Hilton? Umm, often it comes down to the same thing.

  • terry1

    well we'll just have to wait and see won't we.

  • Patrick B

    Thus demonstrating their small-minded lack of professionalism.

  • Liz J

    It's hard to take tabloid journalism seriously.

    There may be a few other industrialized nations who would like to be in Canada's position and have Harper to steer then through this GLOBAL recession as well. I'd include the US among them.

    There will be no over exposure of our PM if the MSM has anything to say about it. We've already had some negatives from the Summit from one of our own seasoned journnos,apparently sore because foreign media got to him first.
    Most, if not all accolades are coming from foreign media, including the US.

    It's so sad to have even a died-in-the-wool Liberal mouthpiece say PM Harper is in politics for “his own good fortune”. He's the one PM in a very long time who is anything but. He's not desperate for power for power's sake. IMO he's in the job to return this country to more of the values we were founded on.
    He's an honest broker and a straight arrow and sadly such people have a difficult time in the climate created by Leftist creep. Just ask Preston Manning, a good and honest man with a lot to offer and was made a mockery of by the same players.

    PM Harper has said when he does leave politics he won't be sitting around writing a book about how somebody did him wrong. He has much more class than some we've known.

  • Gabby in QC

    This is the payoff for the interviews PM Harper has been granting abroad – recognition of Canada's leadership in this hemisphere.

    http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?i
    H/T to commenter wilson at Joanne’s BLY
    “Canada Fills Obama's Leadership Void
    By INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Friday, April 17, 2009 4:20 PM PT
    Leadership: Amid all the boilerplate about dialogue and partnership at Trinidad's Summit of the Americas, the Obama administration has shown no real leadership on its goals. If they matter, why is it left to Canada to lead?…”

  • Gabby in QC

    Oh, and this bit of news as well …
    http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTV
    “PM announces scholarships for Caribbean students
    Updated Sat. Apr. 18 2009 11:12 AM ET
    CTV.ca News Staff
    Prime Minister Stephen Harper kicked off the first full day of meetings at the Summit of the Americas on Saturday by announcing a scholarship program for 1,600 students from Latin America and the Caribbean. …
    Saturday's schedule of meetings at the Summit will focus on trade, public security and the environment.
    Harper is expected to discuss bilateral free trade agreements with a number of countries at the 34-nation gathering, including Colombia.”

  • terry1

    Liz J quote
    “IMO he's in the job to return this country to more of the values we were founded on.”

    His agenda is to put walls up between theprovinces and the federal government becasue as a westerner he believes Ottawa does them no good. His support comes from right wing christian funders in the west and he gets virtually no financial support from the east,

    We are no longer a christian country; we are no longer a decentralized community of communities.
    Harper won office simply becaue of an unfortunate incident called adscam otherwise he would not have ever come close. The fact he cannot and will not ever win a majority speaks mightily to his small minded approach and the fact canadians do not like his politics. You need to understand that as a conservative because your party will once again be in tatters if he is allowed to continue much longer.

    His so called budget will be one we will all be paying off for many many years to come. His fiscal policy is in complete disarray.

  • Gabby in QC

    Sorry, forgot to credit National Newswatch for that CTV News item.

  • Anonymous

    Can I refresh your Memory. In the first election the Libs under Martin were leading by 7 points, guess who won.

  • Anonymous

    Can I refresh your Memory. In the first election the Libs under Martin were leading by 7 points, guess who won.

  • Zoé

    This is retarded.

  • Zoé

    This is retarded.

  • Gabby in QC

    “His agenda is to put walls up between the provinces and the federal government because as a westerner he believes Ottawa does them no good.”
    The old “firewall” meme?
    Have you ever read the actual letter?
    And have you ever read L. Ian Macdonald on the differences between PM Harper’s brand of federalism and the Liberal/NDP version?
    No, I thought so. Well, here’s where you can learn something about that very question: L.Ian Macdonald, NOT a Harper toady, explains things very well: http://www.ccfd.ca/pdf/CalgaryCongress/MacDonal

    “We are no longer a purely christian country; we are no longer a decentralized community of communities.”
    So, what are we? I’d like to hear your version.

    “Harper won office simply becaue [sic] of an unfortunate incident …”
    Adscam an unfortunate incident? You do have a way with words. Poor Liberals! Adscam befell them, out of the sky, and they had nothing to do with it.

    “The fact he cannot and will not ever win a majority …”
    Since you have the ability to see into the future, could you tell us what numbers are coming up in tonight’s 6/49? There’s still time to play them.

  • terry1

    L Ian macdonald is the biggest Tory Toadie around and craves getting mandates to write about their leaders. Give your head a shake and read Policy Options his very conservative rag.

    Adscam did befall the Liberals and tha was Harper's ticket to 24 sussex…..even Duceppe could have gotten there had he run enough candidates in that election.

    Time will tell on his inability to win a majority but its coming soon as he has had five cracks at it now …..my 6/49 numbers are private and confidential….LOL

  • batb

    Terry1: “Harper will never get respect from the Canadian media because he treated them like dogs when he was first elected. “

    EXCUSE ME? It's the Canadian media who first treated Prime Minister Stephen Harper like a dog, and worse. They had absolutely no respect for either him, his office, or the Canadians who voted for him, probably because most of the members of the MSM are/were friends, colleagues, or family members of many of the Liberal$. And, if they didn't fit into any of these categories, they shared the Liberal$' lib-left views and saw no reason why they should respect or accurately report on PMSH's more right-of-centre views.

    The Canadian MSM is nothing more than a lib-left propaganda machine, more like the PR branch of the Liberal Party of Canada. Why would PMSH give them the time of day, when they continually misrepresent him and his views? Why would he give them the time of day, when they treat him and the office of Prime Minister with such arrogance and disdain?

    The Canadian MSM doth protest too much. They've made their bed. Now they're lying in it. Boo hoo. Poor babies.

    Further, what meds are you on, Terry? “Harper won office simply becaue [sic] of an unfortunate incident called adscam…” Adscam is “an unfortunate incident”? YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING, RIGHT? You've got a funny sense of humour. This “unfortunate incident” was a full-blown political scandal, which deprived Canadians of millions of dollars of OUR money, because, essentially, the money was stolen. And then, the scandal was swept under the carpet by the LPC and the MSM. It’s only “an unfortunate incident”?

    I don't think so. What the Liberals did in Adscam was illegal, it was outside the law, and they did it, not unintentionally, but in a very calculated way. They had hoped, with the help of a very incurious press gallery, that the missing million$ wouldn't be noticed, and they were mad as H*ll that this misdemeanour was brought to the Canadian public's attention in the National Post (no doubt one of the reasons why Conrad Black is in jail — payback time, indeed).

    Your remarks seem to indicate support for the Liberal/MSM view that the Liberals are entitled to their entitlements, and that anyone, including our present Prime Minister, is wrong to question them in any way. Many of us are relieved that we finally have a politician in 24 Sussex Drive who understands the financial pressures most of us are under and who gets it that it's not OK for politicians to take money with impunity from hard-working Canadians who are struggling to make ends meet.

    THAT'S what the MSM is furious about: that Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his party are exposing the underbelly of a very entitled political party which has grown fat and indolent and sees no reason to change its way of doing things. The members of the Canadian MSM received a great many favours from the “natural ruling party” of Canada and are furious with PMSH and his party for stopping the flow of perks.

    That's the story.

  • Gabby in QC

    Terry1, I'm disappointed.
    “Give your head a shake”?
    How derivative. That comment is way past its “best before” date.

    “… even Duceppe could have gotten there …”
    And as an old adage says, if my grandmother had wheels, she'd be a bus. But she isn't. Reality, Terry1.

    “… he has had five cracks at it now …”
    June 28, 2004 + January 23, 2006 + October 14, 2008 = 3 three/trois/tres/tre/drei/τρία elections
    Hmm, some “cracks” in your arithmetic.

    P.S.: I don't want YOUR numbers.
    I asked for the winning combination, given your boast you can predict the future.

  • terry1

    Bat B….there is a conservative press in this country and its about to go bankrupt. Is that becasue of the Liberals too? Did the liberals bribe Cadman? Did the the Liberals steal billions from taxpayers who invested in income trusts base on an election promise? Did the Liberals brreak their own law and call an election last fall? One that has been Harper's complete undoing,so there is some justice being served.

    I never said the Liberals are enttiled to anything but pleasse don't throw Tory garbage at me. Harper's reputation continues to grow as a polarizing figure and his popularity is continuing to sink along with his party's. Those facts are not Liberal entitlements but an electorate who has never ever trusted PMSH and trustsd him even less now.

    Another fact for you is that in the last election people who could not vote for Dion simply stayed home resulting in the lowest voter turnout forever. They didn't vote for Harper;they simply stayed home and the conservatives ended up with fewer actual votes that the previous election. Now that the Libs have a true leader their polls are showing up as people become enghaged with them again and disengaged with the Tories who are quickly returning to their reform roots in popularity while the progressive voters are simply not voting Tory.

  • terry1

    The /tories are in great danger of returning to their pre coalition roots of progressives and reformers. The PM has not endeared himself to either side recently with his very poor budget and deficit package.

    Iggy is busy gathering up support from the center of the electoral spectrum, votes that Harper cannot win back. I think the Tories are in danger of splitting apart once again as it becomes apparent the voters in eastern Canada are movng away from your party as they see a more centrist party in the Liberals. I hope the Tories don't split because it will simply allow the far left to have more power than they should. We need good strong opposition from the center right which is where I hope the Tories land next election.

    While you will all say that Iggy endorsed the deficit budget, he in fact simply let it play out and is building his critical mass as unemployment continues to rise along with further dissatisfaction with the Harperites .

  • Liz J

    Wow, Terry, your quite the sweetheart, two comments in a row and spouting rubbish. Trying to convince yourself by putting it in writing?

    There's a reason the foreign press are focusing on our PM, he's top man in this global recession because we are in the best position of all other industrialized nations and he is handling things well, they're all interested in hearing what he has to say. That's what smart leaders do when in dire predicaments, they listen to the guy who's got a handle on things. He's also an economist as opposed to an artsy-fartsy professor with little to no political experience.

    Ignatieff endorsed the deficit budget and called for more. He also endorsed a coalition with the Bloc to take down the government elected by the people. It appears he also agrees with fast tracking to power, he himself having bumped a sitting MP to get a sure win seat and then bumping all other leadership candidates to become king.

    Still like to know what he intends to do about the pathetic lie his finance critic got tangled up in. If that's the caliber of the Liberal front bench, I wouldn't be bragging.

  • terry1

    Liz J… instead of accusations why not answer the post I made. You can't dance around the facts forever.

    Harper is very unpopular and the poll numbers are showing it. He wouldn't be out there smiling for the cameras if it was otherwise. You just don't get it.

  • Liz J

    Accusations? What accusations? Can't handle the facts? I don't have an inside track on Iggy and his maneuverings as you do and I really can't give an answer when you've asked no question. You're telling us YOUR opinion of what you perceive as facts, you're ga-ga over Iggy, I'm apparently a “Harperite”, so the conversation is over.

    I've been around long enough not to brag or get excited about political polls.

  • batb

    Terry!: Bat B (?), Been Around the Block here.

    Thirteen years of Librano rule was enough for me. They taxed the living daylights out of my family, a one-income family, with a parent home to care for the kids, and were involved in all sorts of political shenanigans that were unsavoury and unlawful. On top of what I have already pointed out about the skanky Liberals, take a gander at Alphonso Gagliano's high jinks and then tell me the Liberals are a principled party.

    Take a look at how Iggy got his seat in Parliament — he was parachuted in, having never shown any interest in the LPC and after 30 years of taking no interest in Canadian politics because of … what? … his pretty face? his university/media pedigree? Count Iggy is no leader. He's a pampered, silver-spoon, Upper Canada/Trinity College celebrity, and that's all. He has no political experience to brag about, unlike PMSH who has been on the political hustings for years and has earned his spurs in the political trenches of the HOC.

    Wake up, Terry! Smell the coffee! Wipe the cobwebs from your eyes!

    As for your “Harper's reputation continues to grow as a polarizing figure and his popularity is continuing to sink along with his party's. Those facts are not Liberal entitlements but an electorate who has never ever trusted PMSH and trustsd him even less now.”

    'Ever wonder why his “popularity is beginning to sink” and why PMSH “has never been trusted”? When you've got pretty much the whole Canadian MSM and Parliamentary Press Gallery in the pocket of the Liberal$, and when the Canadian public gets most of its information from the MSM and don't do any homework beyond that (Canadians are a dismally ill-informed lot when it comes to politics), it's going to be pretty hard for PMSH to get his message out to Canadians. As it is, the MSM continually spins, twists, and distorts news about our Prime Minister and what he has managed to accomplish in his short term in office. Most Canadians don't know about his accomplishments, because they get only the negative spin from the dismal ranks of the Canadian MSM.

    Our MSM is a total disgrace. They don't report the news to Canadians. They spin it and they distort it, to the disadvantage of the side of the political spectrum with which they disagree — which would be the right side, the side the CPC is on. The MSM is the unofficial Disloyal Opposition and the PR wing of the Liberal Party of Canada. Get around that, Terry. And try to imagine how popular and trusted Prime Minister Harper would be if he didn't have pretty much the whole Canadian press corp against him — if, in other words, they were his toadies as the present MSM is to Iggy and the LPC. Imagine how popular and trusted he would be if Canadians actually KNEW what he is doing for our country, not only here but abroad, where he is highly respected. How many Canadians know THAT?

    Michael Ignatieff has no more right to become Canada's Prime Minister than anyone who has spent 30 years outside the country. If the CPC had parachuted a leader in from outside the country, the MSM would be up in arms. Ask yourself why they're giving Iggy a free pass — and please provide the readers here with your answer.

  • terry1

    I was commenting on the possibility of a split in the party between the progressives and reformers which seems to be a real issue. However, you chose not to comment on that because you have a fixation on defending your thoughts and only those.

  • terry1

    You can continue to blame the MSM all you want but the facts remain. A few facts for you. The Sun chain of papers is clearly pro conservative and are the best selling paper in Toronto. Yet toronto votes libeal and you all blame the so called Liberal MSM. The Nat Post is also conservative. So your whining doesn't hold. There are pros and cons on both sides of the media spectrum.

    What about the fact every western paper is very pro conservative………….liberals don't whine about that.

  • Liz J

    ……and you are not? Terry you really are getting pathetic. Take a break, clear your head.

    I have no inside information as to any split in the Conservative party. It wouldn't be an unusual thing, happens in all parties, why else would there be a need to whip votes on issues? The Liberal split was well documented if you had been following it through the Chretien/Martin era, still is only the players are different. I know because they have spoken publicly, Rae supporters, Hedy Fry among them.

    It's not too difficult to state facts, nothing to defend there.
    When you get down to name calling other posters here, you're really aren't helping matters or yourself. I'd like to think you're better than that Terry.

  • Alberta Bob

    Here is the Michael Ignatieff’s true feeling of Canada.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOmd2U7IF9Y

  • Alberta Bob

    Here is the Michael Ignatieff’s true feeling of Canada.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOmd2U7IF9Y