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Show a little professionalism, perhaps

I could put in my 2 cents worth on Elizabeth May running in Central Nova against Peter Mackay, but I’d probably just repeat what I’ve read elsewhere. Instead, I’m going to focus on an exchange that was said between Elizabeth May and CTV’s Jane Taber on Question Period:

“Are you crazy?” Question Period co-host Jane Taber said to the Green Party leader, asking why she wouldn’t run instead in B.C., or a vacant London, Ont. riding where polling shows she has significantly better chances of victory.

“I like a challenging race,” May responded.

I have taken exception with Ms. Taber’s style before, as I think she asks obviously provocative loaded questions to guests (ie. asking Dion about his popularity and trust being below that of Layton, (and I’m paraphrasing) “you must be pretty depressed, eh?”), but this particular asinine remark really bothered me. You’re there to ask questions and get answers Jane. If you dont like an answer, its your right to be tough, but try to act a tad more professional when you do it. Performances like hers reminds me all the time why I stick to watching Don Newman on CBC and the folks at CPAC – they exude professionalism.

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6 comments to Show a little professionalism, perhaps

  • It would be nice if Tories and NDP would stop sounding alike, instead of agreeing that May doesn’t have a chance. Funny how they agree so much, isn’t it?

  • knb

    Scott, for me, you missed the best part of the exchange. May was making very clear that the current conservative party has no resemblance to the PC’s, and the impact that this has on the country. Taber went to fluff, as she always does and missed the point.

    I don’t know how May will do, but at the very least, she will educate those constituents as to what is really going on.

    As for Newman, sorry, I used to have some faith with respect to objectivity for him, no longer though. In the past few weeks, he simply recites the conservative mantra, then ask’s his guests “what do YOU think”. On Friday, he started by saying what Dion proposed was complicated…it’s not. How stupid do they think we are?

  • greyburr

    Maybe there is a little more to this,such as the professer making a deal to field a weak candidate.After all, it is a strong Dipper riding as well,last time around.May is showing that every vote $$$$ is the real agenda & therefore the greens can continue to pretend that they are a viable well funded political force for the future.Until the greenies elect the required number of Mp’s to be considered a real party,they are still fringe & Ms Lizzy has shown that.

  • [quote comment=”2544″]LOL @ Don Newman having professionalism.
    Anyway, May just pretty much squandered the Green Party’s chance of winning a seat in the next election. If her goal is nothing higher than to “raise publicity” for the Green Party, then I question how seriously the party takes its own goals if winning a seat is not among them.[/quote]

    That race is going to be soooo watched… and she’s running in her home province. She’s chosen a place where she has home advantage (not compared to Mackay, but to other ridings) AND where there’s a prominent person to run against. She’ll be the underdog, and she’s good with media and audiences.

    I think Mackay is in trouble.

    I wonder how hard Harper’s organization will help Mackay? The CPC isn’t Mackay’s party.

  • Daniel

    LOL @ Don Newman having professionalism.

    His interviews consist of him surmising and conjecturing, then asking the interviewee “isn’t that so?” or “wouldn’t you agree?”

    Anyway, May just pretty much squandered the Green Party’s chance of winning a seat in the next election. If her goal is nothing higher than to “raise publicity” for the Green Party, then I question how seriously the party takes its own goals if winning a seat is not among them.

  • I don’t particularly care for Taber’s style, either.

    Nevertheless, it’s a good question. Why is May running in a riding where she can’t win? My guess is that she thinks the party can’t win any seats in the next election and therefore it’s better for her to get a little media exposure from challenging a high profile minister than by running against a nobody. If so, I understand why she was dodging the question.

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