Today is a day that has been many years in the making. Twenty years ago, Preston Manning spoke to my law school class and, while pleasant, was not really considered all there or at least fringy. Not sure that has changed all that much... except his follower's follower is now PM. What does that mean? This for one thing:
The National is sometimes a disgrace, a meandering journey though the mind of a flibbertigibbet who spent the day garnering news bits from a hodgepodge of online sources. Bizarrely, it treats Ottawa politics with grave and tedious seriousness, failing to see the theatre that is obvious to everyone else. Every night on CBC seems to end with George Stroumboulopoulos doing a half-baked late-night talk show that neither he nor the audience cares about. Every week seems to bring some new, desperately conjured tweak of Dragons’ Den. The result is that the public broadcaster has been out of sympathy with its traditional supporters and resolutely out of sympathy with this government. Whatever this budget brings, here’s a message to CBC – suck it up, you should have seen this coming; now use the opportunity of retrenchment to redefine your mission and values.
See, that is in the Globe and Mail. You have the Globe complaining about Dragon's Den, one of the boring bones the CBC tosses to business to prove it is not an organ of the left. But the Globe is an organ of the left, no? Are they out bidding each other to prove disloyalty to the red banner? No, they are just sheep who have lost their way, organizations who have been a bit brow beaten and lack leadership.
They are not all that far off the Federal level. While Harper will never face the problems Chretien did in the early 90s - thanks to Jean's fix - he has to pretend he is doing something magnificent as he and his forefathers have foretold that they are bringers of a message and that message is important. Never mind that it is all propped up by $100 a barrel oil. Never mind that the ideology is not transferable from this economic... nay, politico-geological reality. We have to go a long with these things because we got locked into a manner of doing things in 1867 and the world has turned in a given direction until now. So we follow along to today.