Still about as funny as amatuer dentistry.
How many tens of thousands of dollars did it cost Canadian taxpayers to gather and broadcast footage last night of Rick Mercer eating pancakes at the Hoito restaurant in Thunder Bay? Not that Mercer's piece was particularly bad. It's just annoying that Mercer's smug, pandering segment from T-Bay was the first piece of CBC film out of northwestern Ontario since Terry Fox's run.
Guess what, CBC? There's more to life in northwestern Ontario than making fun of Finnish words. There's been nothing on the $1.1 billion-a-year network about the economic catastrophe in the region, no mention of the fact you can buy a decent house in every town along Lake Superior for less than the sticker price of a Chevy Cavalier. When the CBC facilitates national dialogue, it's confined to Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver, with a bit of Halifax thrown in for that down-home colour.
The This Hour Has 22 Minutes schtick, however, does need to be retired. It wasn't funny when the annoying fat woman and the tedious gay guy used to do it on Parliament Hill, and it's just tiresome now.
In the film clip from Queen's Park, Dalton McGuinty and Peter Kormos were obviously not pleased. I can see why. The premier was talking about an economic milestone, the loss of Stelco in Hamilton. Kormos represents people in the region.
But get a load of the press. They think it's a hoot.
It reinforces my belief that most political reporters no longer care about, or understand, Real Canada. They are only there for the "gotcha" moments. Journalism has become like high school, with the dumb, shallow rich kids in charge.
As for Crown Corporation humour: If we're going to be taxed for "funny," please make us laugh.