What is it about the last two years that made the Conservative Party of Canada’s Leadership Election Organizing Committee decide Canadians are yearning for shorter conversations about sillier questions?Who surveyed the issue landscape that will face Justin Trudeau on Thursday and would face his successor — war in Europe, inflation, labour shortages, stark conflict between climate targets and natural-resource export imperatives, long-cheated and still-difficult Indigenous reconciliation, exiting from COVID — and thought, “Keep the answers short. We want time to hear them out on what’s on their playlists”?As a mechanism for allowing Canadians to weight the judgment of six people, one of whom might, after all, be the next prime minister, the evening was a write-off. ...
...they might as well have been asked to debate “Apples are nicer than oranges,” or “Spicy food is better.”The format of the debate – which was like nothing they’d ever seen before, all the professional commentators kept agreeing – was designed to be entertaining without being revealing.That is to say, the time for answers was so short that none of the candidates could get into trouble.If they did start to say something that might fire a torpedo below the waterline of HMS Tory – which is listing hard to starboard these days – the real moderator, Tom Clark, was there to step in and shut them up.By the time they got to any potentially dangerous topics, or anything resembling real debate, it was in the second hour, when anyone who needed to be paying attention had either fallen asleep like your blogger, or started nervously doom-scrolling through Twitter.Before that we had quick snappers. Like, if you could have dinner with a dead person, who would it be? Seriously, people, I’m not making this up! ...
Here's the sound.https://t.co/OkMyAHQhpH— Jeff Labine (@jefflabine) May 12, 2022
Now the commentary:
"What happened in the debate?"— Jason Markusoff (@markusoff) May 12, 2022
"There was a legit sad trombone sound effect, Poilievre wants to fire Tiff Macklem, Lewis digs Coltrane and I think Roman Baber said his political hero is Al Bundy."
Paddles?— Karl Bélanger (@KarlBelanger) May 12, 2022
Is this a game show?
Tom Clark needs to get rid of the sad trombone & use a trap door or dunk tank to really make this worthwhile. 😉— Hot Bean Juice ☕ (@DIY1959) May 12, 2022
Question: greatest threat to Canada? Fifteen seconds to answer .Question is sandwiched between favourite music and what TV have you binge watched? Is anyone embarrassed by this?— Elly Alboim (@ealboim) May 12, 2022
I’m so baffled why this format keeps cutting of any exchange or long answers on anything. Why force potential leaders to squeeze everything into sound bites? People want answers not zingers. #cdnpoli #cpcdebate— Evan Solomon (@EvanLSolomon) May 12, 2022
And of course, this (cue Nelson: Ha Ha)
NEXT QUESTION FOR THE LEADERS: WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE CHILDREN'S SHOW: MR. DRESSUP OR THE FRIENDLY GIANT?— RealChangeBot (@RealChangeBot) May 12, 2022
POILIEVRE WILL COMPLAIN ABOUT THE CBC "GATEKEEPERS" WHO "CANCELLED" CASEY & FINNEGAN.#cpcldr
Here's some good news from Ukraine:
Seems to me Justin Trudeau won the debate again tonight. #cpcldr— Karl Bélanger (@KarlBelanger) May 12, 2022
Latest Defence Intelligence update on the situation in Ukraine - 12 May 2022— Ministry of Defence 🇬🇧 (@DefenceHQ) May 12, 2022
Find out more about the UK government's response: https://t.co/uVTQA0NbhY
🇺🇦 #StandWithUkraine 🇺🇦 pic.twitter.com/8ArBHMQinJ
Ukrainian forces recaptured villages from Russian troops north and northeast of Kharkiv, in a counter-offensive that could signal a shift in the war's momentum and jeopardise Russia's main advance, per @Reuters.— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) May 10, 2022
Glory to Ukraine. 🇺🇦💙💛
"On Tuesday, the Ukrainian MoD said shiploads of stolen Ukrainian grain had reached the Mediterranean Sea on Russian-flagged vessels bound for the Middle East. In the past week, Egypt has turned away two Russian ships carrying stolen Ukrainian wheat,"https://t.co/C76BYarqSf— Bianna Golodryga (@biannagolodryga) May 11, 2022
Westerners must realize Ukraine is not facing a choice between war and peace, but a choice between war and annihilation. Peace for Ukraine in this case means surrender, and the destruction of their state. Ukrainians will not accept this. They'll fight until they defeat Russia.— Euan MacDonald (@Euan_MacDonald) May 11, 2022
Ukrainians "are going to get Russia back to the 23 February line, I think, candidly by the end of summer," Ben Hodges, U.S. Army Europe Former Commanding General, tells CNN.— UkraineWorld (@ukraine_world) May 11, 2022
As NBC News noted today, the first American women who will be affected by the US decision to re-criminalize abortion are already pregnant.
🚨 NEWS | Britain, Finland and Sweden have formed a security pact. In the event of a disaster, or in the event of an attack on either of the nations, "we will come to each other's assistance including with military assistance" said British PM Boris Johnson. pic.twitter.com/5gzs7kHDUG— George Allison (@geoallison) May 11, 2022
It is remarkable watching diehard "pro-life" electeds jumping in front of cameras insisting the whole thing is actually a total nothing burger; you'll barely notice; lots of states will have abortion. You'll be able to get one so easy you'll be getting abortions right and left.— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) May 12, 2022
Here is one COVID side-effect that will likely have the most significant long-term impact on our society - people have discovered how much they prefer to work from home instead of having to spend 10 hours a day going back and forth to an office:
Y'all forced-birth states are ready to manage all the new teen moms, right? Kicked out of their home, unwed, had to drop out of school, can't get childcare so can't work anywhere? I'm sure you have a plan for this, yes?— nick solomon (@NickMeansWell) May 11, 2022
From Wall Street to Silicon Valley, and most everywhere in between, corporate return-to-office plans are falling apart at the seams. Here's why: https://t.co/Q2zCYOstHI via @business #futureofwork #rto $AAPL $JPM— Matthew Boyle (@bizboyle) May 11, 2022
One amusing story from today:
As long as commuting time remains a problem, employees are going to want some sort of flexibility. And firms everyone from Wall Street to Silicon Valley can no longer avoid that https://t.co/jHaGB6MgXe pic.twitter.com/znFMjwPJvd— Michael Leibel (@leibel) May 11, 2022
In other news, THIS is the news story that should be accompanied by a sad trombone sound:
If it makes it to Vancouver it will get sub-divided into an SRO and burn down.— Christopher Byrne 🇨🇦 (@CBinVAN) May 11, 2022
And speaking of bitcoins and the stock market and all the other ways our society pretends to make money, I thought this was hilarious:
Stock down in after hour trading to $45.59. Trading like the deal is getting repriced or falling apart.— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) May 11, 2022
Every time I hear people talking about NFTs I think of this pic.twitter.com/d2THh3F6TF— Potato Guard (@feistybunnygirl) May 11, 2022