Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 14/11/2007 (3452 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
It's a bad sign when a journalist wants to ban a word, but that's what I want to do with "robust."It's the new favourite word at the Manitoba Legislature, and it's everywhere.
Politians throw it around like yesterday's "multi-pronged integrated community partnership."Latest offender: Justice Minister Dave Chomiak, otherwise a very literate guy. The country's justice ministers are meeting this week in Winnipeg and they've got a "robust" agenda, according to his press release.I don't really know what a robust agenda is, but I'm pretty sure the justice ministers don't have one. It's gonna be another meeting of ministers where they all kvetch about how the young offenders' act needs reforming and Ottawa needs to do more to battle organised crime. Not much of substance will actually be accomplished, kind of like the environment ministers meeting here a few months ago. They'll put out a communique later in the week full of platitudes and motherhood statements, demanding Ottawa take action. Ottawa will say, don't worry, we're about to take action. Reporters will dutifully write the story.I'm going to work on a "robust" reason not to bother.