Hey there, time traveller!
Winnipeg MP Anita Neville
This article was published 29/5/2008 (3071 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
sent out a note to reporters in Manitoba this week bringing our attention to the fact there was a video of her latest efforts in Question Period to ferret our information about the possible patronage appointment for Treasury Board President Vic Toews
. In fact, the best of the Grit questions from Question Period are now available in a video library
available on the party's website. What a good idea. It's not always convenient to take in QP via cable TV, and being able to see a snippet of Question Period on a newsworthy topic is a great resource for journalists on the go.Great resource, except for one small problem. The Grits only archive their questions. They do not include the answers.This is not a criticism of the MPs themselves. Neville asked some very good questions about Toewsgate. However, anyone passionate enough about politics to regularly visit the Liberal website to watch taped-delay video of QP would probably appreciate hearing the answers.At first blush, this is one of the most politically narcissistic things I have ever seen. I know they call it Question Period, but the answers are just as important, perhaps more important than the questions. Posting videos of questions without showing the answers is really quite silly.Note to Liberal HQ: You'd look much better to your constituents if you showed how poorly the government was in answering your questions. Otherwise, all you're doing is providing a video diary for MPs to admire themselves when caught briefly in the glare of television lights.Better luck next time.-30-