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Revised media reaction to prorogation.

It’s kind of amusing to watch the second guessers in the media take aim at their comrades for being wrong on the public’s negative reaction to Harper proroguing Parliament.

We start with Richard Gwyn of the Toronto Star taking aim at those pundits in general, and Andrew Coyne in particular (who said that Parliament didn’t matter) to people with a piece titled, Actually, Parliament Does Matter. (To be fair to Andrew, he did say in a follow-up blogpost that he might have been wrong about his feeling people were indifferent to shutting down Parliament).

Next up comes Rick Salutin of the Globe & Mail, who doesn’t merely go after other journalists of other newspapers but from his own paper, which should make for interesting discussion around the Globe’s water-cooler:

“Hardly anyone cares,” writes Margaret Wente. Yet, now half of Canadians say they are watching the issue “closely,” and he’s in a virtual tie with a Liberal leader who hasn’t even been in the country. This comes from thinking that Canadians only want a “capable manager” (The Globe’s John Ibbitson and Gloria Galloway) who can “lead us back to … balanced budgets” (the National Post’s John Ivison). It’s the cost of misreading the democratic impulse.

I also want to draw attention to a National Post article op-ed article today that surprisingly decides Harper has miscalculated people’s anger – surprising until you see the op-ed comes from a guest columnist, one of those “elitist academics”, Professor Adam Dodek. The actual resident National Post columnists such as John Ivison are still trying not to admit they were wrong, and instead trying to backpedal and find some other rationale behind the dropping polls as some part of Harper’s long-term master plan. Right.

Speaking of all those folks that no one thought would care about Parliament closing, the CAPP group at Facebook is closing on 192 000 members, (its rate of growth has understandably slowed a bit, but they’d still love to see 200 000 members by the start of next week) and there are approximately 40 town/city chapters at planning protests. It will be interesting to see whether quality is better then quantity; would you rather have protests across the country of various sizes to show the dissatisfaction with this measure is indeed widespread, or a few protests concentrated in the big cities to focus on bigger turnout numbers? Nice sized crowds in all centres would obviously be the best of both worlds. We’ll see how well the grassroots organization does in getting people to turn out.

UPDATE: Almost forgot to mention Chantal Hebert’s column, also saying the Harperites miscalculated the public’s mood.


3 comments to Revised media reaction to prorogation.

  • Big Winnie

    The rallies have now gone international with a rally to held at the Canadian Consulate in NYC on Jan 23rd to coincide with all the others.

  • I’ll be at the Victoria rally, provided I can get a ride there and back. Last time I participated in a protest – and it was my first ever – was the one against the US attack on Iraq. The protest took place right here in Duncan.

  • Anon ABC

    Not mentioned above is that Salutin also pointed out Nik Nanos’ recent miscalls. I had been recently quite surprised when Nik had somewhat confidently predicted that the 40% polling for the Cons was a “new normal” and had somewhat also dismissed the opposition attempts at elucidating the truth on the detainee issue as inconsequential to Harper. I was surprised because Nik himself had previously been pointing out the volitility of the polls over the past year or two, thus it really made no sense (to me, anyway) how he had extrapolated to a “new normal” from a mere 2-3 weeks of near 40% for the Cons.

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