Saturday, February 28, 2009

Why I Keep Writing About the Media and the Economy When The Blog is Called Ottawa Watch

Because right now Canadian politics is so damn dull.
The Tories are a dull lot. Michael Ignatief hasn't captured my imagination. Jack Layton and the Blocheads are just contemptible.
Can you tell the difference between the policies of the Liberals and the Tories on major issues such as the economy, the environment, federal-provincial relations, the cities, health care or anything else that you might think of?
Neither can I.

9 comments:

Rob Tripp said...

Mark

You're dead right about the creamy consistency of all the parties. As someone who obsesses about crime and justice issues, it's remarkable to me to watch the opposition parties agree with the Conservative tough-on-crime crackdown with a bunch of regressive and mostly pointless legislative tactics designed to stop gang violence. The Grits and Dippers used to stand up and decry this kind of shameless pandering. Now they agree that more mandatory minimum sentences are the panacea for crime ills?

Ottawa Watch said...

You can bring back the death penalty for gang crime and it won't change a thing if you can't get a conviction, as we saw in toronto this week. And it's hardly as though the jails of Vancouver are filling up with people apprehended for the recent wave of homicides.
It's all about getting elected and taking a turn at the trough while the bureaucrats actually run the countrry. That's it. A simple spoils system that uses the tools of marketing instead of real debate.

Anonymous said...

come to think of it Mark, why is your blog called Ottawa Watch? This is very similar to the name of a thesis used by one of your classmates many years back at J school. You should consider changing it to a more original name.

Ottawa Watch said...

I have no idea what this thesis is. How was this thesis "used"? Was it published?
Sounds like bullshit to me.

Anonymous said...

You wrote:
"Michael Ignatief hasn't captured my imagination"

The opposition 'leader' a.k.a.'Count Dracula' with his grandiose hypnotic gaze into the audience inspires nothing but business as usual.
Me thinks Dion should of remained at the helm and that planned coalition government should have proceeded with the dumping of that 'glad head' Harper. Harper in turn would have properly drifted quietly back into some well ignored right wing-nut think tank -something akin to that mothball, the Fraser Institute.

rebel
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Anonymous said...

http://www.politicswatch.com/table_of_contents.htm

Ottawa Watch said...

Your point is?

Anonymous said...

What will be funny will be when the sophisticated, downtown Toronto, professional types I know tell me that not voting Liberal will bring about the apocalypse. I am looking forward to that conversation.

The one interesting thing that may happen in Canadian politics, is, if the Liberals either stagnate or tank in the polls, it might cause their internal rifts to get worse, thus causing a splintering in the party. A bit of wishful thinking, I know. But if you told me they'd be where they are now 5 years ago, I would've said you were nuts.

Ottawa Watch said...

The same could happen to the Tories. What are they without Harper?
What gets me is how quickly opposition parties re-shape themselves into tools of the civil service mandarinate after they get power. They really do "go native" in Ottawa, knowing the gas tank of their government will be loaded up with salt and sugar by the 150,000 civil servants who actually do the governing, if they do anything untoward, unusual or unexpected.