Friday, October 3, 2008

Thoughts on the Canadian Leaders' Debate

Although I've lost quite a lot of interest for politics - but I'm trying to regain it - I do have a few words to say about the leaders' debate.

First of all, congratulation to the genius who thought about the round-table format! In fact, not only it looks more civilized, but I also agree with my friend Léonard that our political candidates have to put more emphasis on their idea rather than on their image per se. In fact, with this kind of format, our candidates will understand that they're not here to impress public relation advisers (that should send a clear message to an empty shell in the likes of Justin Trudeau who wants you to know him ONLY through his biography, his videos AND his photos) but rather us, citizens. In fact, whenever I watch the leaders' debate, I'm not looking forward to elect an actor, but rather someone who can handle the country to protect our way of life!

Moreover, I've heard many people say that hopefully, this kind of round-table format favours people who have a rather developed intellect in the likes of Stéphane Dion. Well, to draw a comparison, that reminds me of the time when the NHL took measures to be tougher against hooking in order to favour finesse. Now, time to give you my thoughts

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Jack Layton: Though I still have reservations and doubts about the feasibility of some his policies, I certainly respect him for his debating skills and his critical thinking. Moreover, unlike Harper, Layton seems to be more close to people. In fact, when Harper said that even though Canada loses jobs and it other jobs are created in other sectors, Layton had the merit of wondering out loud if Harper cares for the manufacturing sector. Moreover, the best moment is when Layton pointed out that while Dion disagrees with Harper, then why did Dion maintain Harper in power for such a long time? Ouch!

Stéphane Dion: Although he looks good in French and can show his thorough knowledge of many issues, he simply fails to look good in English. Indeed, Dion looks more like someone who learnt how to speak English by reading books rather than by speaking it. In other words, he can't tell on which syllable of any given words you have to put the emphasis. Now, here's a little bit of English 101. With the right intonation, the word "deficit" is pronounced like this according to the Oxford Canadian Dictionary of Current English: DEFFA-sit

Elizabeth May: Poor skills in French, but she's got a rather good judgement whether you like her ideas or not. Moreover, with this debate, we can see that she keeps herself posted on issues that are not always related to the environment, especially the economy.

Stephen Harper: If you give me one word to describe him, I'll give you the word "disconnected". Can Harper talk directly about the loss of jobs in the manufacturing sector instead of always implying indirectly that he'll let the market solve the problem? Other than that, Harper showed us in the English debate that he has some good defencive reflexes.

Gilles Duceppe: No comments. Though he should check his pronunciation in English, he's always good at attacking his opponents.

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