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This article was published 9/9/2011 (1994 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
I said it.
I was expecting something bigger this campaign.
I was wrong.
Most of what I’m hearing from the three leaders is stuff I’ve heard over the past two years in Question Period and in the hallway scrums.
Blah, blah, blah, blah.
Can anyone tell me why any of these guys isn’t saying or offering anything more bolder than cheap shots?
If they’re expecting to capture the hearts and minds of voters, they’re failing.
And I ain’t alone.
Some candidates and party handlers say this, too.
One candidate told me when out canvassing, about 60 per cent of people have no clue there’s an election campaign.
Maybe it’s because we’ve seen a municipal and federal election in the past year, and folks are electioned out. Maybe it’s the weather. Maybe it’s the Jets. I know with me it’s the Bombers.
Jim Carr, a former Freep editor, Liberal MLA and now head of the Business Council of Manitoba, told me people will start paying attention to the election campaign in the last two weeks when it matters.
I sure hope so.
But at the same time do the parties want people fired up? The thinking is with higher voter engagement, the parties lose control of what vote they can control. Which means then that anything can happen voting day.
Justin, Bob and Sheila
The Liberals brought in wunderkind Justin Trudeau to fire up their campaign and plan to bring in Bob Rae and Sheila Copps to do the same.
My question: What the hell are you Liberals thinking?
Weren’t the federal Liberals eviscerated in the May federal election? Wasn’t their leader What’s-His-Name given the boot by voters and his party?
Aren’t the federal Liberals almost extinct? Aren’t they talking about snuggling up with the NDP?
At same time it’d be fun to cover Lester Pearson when the Liberals bring him to town. That’d be cool. Getting a good quote would be tough, though.
Here’s a flip-flop: Kudos at least to the tiny provincial Liberals for running the best campaign for us in the media.
Handler David Shorr gets out news releases quickly, well before his boss Jon Gerrard opens his mouth.
It helps us organize our thoughts and obviously helps Gerrard because his daily missives hit the web and radio that much quicker.
The Tories are also well organized, although they have got a few of us lost trying to find event locations.
Note to Greg Burch: Don’t assume we know the city as well as you.
And then there’s the NDP.
They have their Quick Response Unit, made up mostly of cab-com flaks, ready to jump down the throat of anything McFadyen utters.
I’ve barely sat down at my desk from a Tory presser and QRU operative Jodee Mason is on the phone ready to bombard my email with stuff like this video to spin me around.
Spin me? That reminds me of a song I now can’t get out of my head.
-- Bruce Owen / Under the Dome