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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Thoughts on the Leadership Debate

The leadership debate on Saturday, which I foolishlely assumed would be a key point in the contest, turned out to be a pretty dissapointing non-event.

First of all, it's all too apparent that with so large a field, meaningful debate is impossible. It looks ridiculous to the public, kills interest (as the field is so large), and further adds to the lack of actual policy discussion. Unfortunately, I don't see an end in sight.

As far as the debate itself there was far too little actually being said. While I appreciated the friendly tone most displayed, I emphatically agree with Stephane Dion's comment that actual details are needed. Nevermind it being a debate, if you are running for the leadership you need to share your ideas. This has gone on for far too long. I agree equalization is a complicated issue, but noting an intergovernmental discussion will be needed, as everyone but Dion did, is not good enough at this stage.

Volpe continued his cheap attacks. On that note, both him and Rae's statements implying Ignatieff's opposition to Kyoto are the kind of misleading attacks that seperate necessary differentiation from negative attack. He has clearly announced his support for Kyoto, and this chosing to voice one interpretation of a statement that has since been so clearly refuted seems an obvious attempt to trick or mislead the audience.

I thought Kennedy gave a fairly strong performance, and spoke well. However, he continues to very little concrete policy proposals.

Nonetheless, looking forward to the next debate in Moncton.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I seen Brison in in the hammer tonight.
it was on his website the contact was some Josh Justice ,im going are you?

1:33 AM  
Blogger SteelCityGrit said...

Sometimes I feel like I understand Ignatieff's Afghanistan position better than he does. He didn't vote for it because someone died. What is he talking about? I don't know if he's trying to finesse the thing or something (ending up with ham-fisted ridiculousness). He just has to say what he has been saying since the mid-90s.

6:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ignatieff's comments on the soldier was the absolute low point of the debate. Very disappointing.

I was very impressed with Kennedy. He was strong and knew how to debate.

I don't think any of the candidates are revealing much policy but Kennedy did have policy ideas in the debate so I disagree with you on that one. He talked about the need for a national food policy, a healthcare system that could locally post results to the public, a proper debate on extended deployment for Afghanistan, to name a few items.

I would like to see more debates with 3 of the candidates debating instead of 2.

6:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont believe in all this crap about food banks....poor people do not use food banks...we do without till the next money comes in....the people who I know who use food banks spent their money on games and videos and fast food etc...and then cry because they dont have enough to tide them over.....many years ago in the depression people joined the armed forces to get a pay....any way to feed their they go to the food bank....if I was Kennedy I certainly would not brag about starting a foodbank. There is always the Salvation Army for those who find themselves desperate.

7:09 AM  
Anonymous stephane said...

Agree with you on Brison. He made some very thoughtful comments on the Afghan vote and mission. Findlay's comments were cheap, gutter politics. Not relevant at all.

More should be said of this.

6:23 PM  

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