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fern hill

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Questions for the leaders' debate
« on: September 11, 2008, 09:51:10 PM »
I should do some research. See if the 'consortium' members are already soliciting questions from 'ordinary Canadians'. When I get a minnit. . . .

But for now, let's start honing some questions for them. Khadr? Food inspection? Women's rights? Afghanistan?

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Re: Questions for the leaders' debate
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2008, 10:13:00 PM »
I'm already cringing thinking of who is going to moderate it? Someone neutral, so that means pro-corporate slanted. Like Mansbridge. Avi would be good, but that would be too spectacturaly intelligent for cbc.

Do you think the leaders already know the questions up front, despite what we are told?
They deflect them anyway. But I'll think one up, uh, soon.
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Re: Questions for the leaders' debate
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2008, 10:46:07 PM »
I heard TVO's Steve Paikin is moderating. he did a very good job last time around. So good he got major national notice, and, as a result, got a job offer at CBC as host as As It Happens, as I recall. he was able to take that offer  to TVO management and use it to get Studio 2 cancelled, his co-host Paula Todd and her husband the exec producer both unceremoniously dumped, and land his own show, Agenda.

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Re: Questions for the leaders' debate
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2008, 12:01:23 AM »
Thanks A.

When the North American Union is made public, will all our decisions be made for us via our parliamentary system in Ottawa? Is there a plan to mark the exact date of the North American Union, as they did with the European Union and will there be a referendum on it?
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Re: Questions for the leaders' debate
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2008, 12:07:59 AM »
Yes.
Not yet.
It is when we all play safe that we create a world of utmost insecurity. It is when we all play safe that fatality will lead us to our doom. It is in the "dark shade of courage" alone that the spell can be broken.
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Re: Questions for the leaders' debate
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2008, 07:17:20 AM »
Ohhhhh ... so that is the background to the end of Studio 2. Tsk, tsk.

Paikin is very good, probably perfect in the role of debate moderator. You couldn't call him modest, though, and he can be actively annoying sometimes. Maybe a couple of years ago, he did a panel that was a sort of "Whither the left?" show, which I watched because I knew one of the guests. At one point he cornered a very nice and smart young woman by asking, "Do you think America is a great country?" And when she fumbled a little, he started in on her: "C'mon, you have to admit that America is a great country." Repeatedly. I just kept hoping that my acquaintance would break in and say "What a stupid question," but he didn't. Paikin also opened the session by telling my acquaintance, who is in his middle-late thirties, that he looked like a teenager. Man, I would have exploded at that attempt to undermine my legitimacy. Reminded me of Allan Gregg telling Naomi Wolf how good-looking she is -- and she did explode at that, a model explosion.

The thing about the SPP (or whatever they're calling it now -- see Alison) is precisely that everything is done without Parliament -- it is an end-run around Parliament and Congress, the people's representatives. Everything is done "administratively," through "regulatory" changes. Nothing gets voted on; things just get announced.That is the whole point of the SPP/whatever.

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Re: Questions for the leaders' debate
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2008, 02:02:32 AM »
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