Best Jack Layton quote this week:
The troubles in the financial markets “are the clearest possible warning that the North American economies under Conservative governments, both in Canada and the United States, are on the wrong track,” said the NDP Leader.
“Conservative governments don't do their jobs. They don't keep their eyes on the stock promoters and the bond sellers and the mortgage brokers and bankers. Today, we see the results.”
-Globe and Mail, September 16,2008
He gets it.
In stark contrast, we have someone who either doesn't get it or has internal polling that shows that Canadians don't trust a Conservative government to look after their interests during a recession:
"There are and there will be difficulties in the world economy. At the same time, Canada is not in the same situation as the United States. My own belief is if we were going to have some kind of big crash or recession, we probably would have had it by now."
- Stephen Harper, CBC, September 15, 2008
This is the scariest thing that Harper has said in a while (although "do you like handcuffs?" was kinda creepy).
Gilles Duceppe, in response to more ex-bloquistes coming out about the Bloc's irrelevance:
"People say that during every campaign, and every campaign Quebecers give us a majority," Duceppe said as he toured northwestern Quebec on the federal election campaign trail."And it will be the same this time as well."Somebody's a touch on the complacent side. I hope Quebecers kick his ass into retirement for that remark.
-CBC News, September 15, 2008
Elizabeth May on the campaign support she is getting from her coalition partners:
Young Liberal Carmen Cipolla admits to feeling a bit of "discomfort" as he walks the streets of Antigonish in hopes of converting party loyalists to the cause of Green Leader Elizabeth May...
"He's fabulous. These young Liberals are very idealistic," May says of her temporary convert.
Cipolla - a leader of the St. Francis Xavier University Liberal Society - decided to work for the Greens after May and Liberal Leader Stephane Dion struck a deal not to run candidates in each other's riding-The Canadian Press, September 18, 2008
Young Liberals everywhere are likely cringing at the idea of the leader of the Green Party calling them "idealistic."
And from the media. Just a couple of items because it's getting late. Feel free to add your own favourites in the comments section.
I am tempted to paste the entire Randall Denley article here but I won't. Here's a quote that summarizes it:
One might reasonably ask what, other than habit, makes the Liberals the automatic alternative to the Conservatives. After all their years in government, the Liberals still retain an aura of credibility -- but is it deserved?
-Ottawa Citizen, September 16, 2008
Go read the whole article if you haven't already.
From the Maclean's blogs:
"Glen McGregor pointed this out to me today, a new Liberal spot. Is this the worst political ad ever made?"
-Maclean's Andrew Potter on the new Liberal ad entitled, Liberal Leadership (September 20, 2008)
Yes, it is the worst political ad ever made. It makes you feel uncomfortable for Dion while you are watching it. This ad makes Dion look like such a flaming nerd that it has me feeling really really bad for ragging on him now. Puts me in a terrible moral predicament. I'm really annoyed with the Liberal Party over this.
But the most memorable quotes of the week were ones that the quoted thought were buried.
Who can forget Gerry Ritz' comedy routine:
During a conference call with scientists, bureaucrats and political staff on Aug. 30, Ritz made several off-colour jokes about the outbreak.
After fretting about the political dangers of the Listeria scare, Ritz quipped: "This is like a death by a thousand cuts. Or should I say cold cuts."Then when told of a death in Prince Edward Island, Ritz said, "Please tell me it's (Liberal MP) Wayne Easter."
-CTV.ca, September 17, 2008
That still grosses me out. Days later.
Then we have the wacko Conservative candidate from Toronto who resigned on Sunday. He thought he could hide all sorts of disgusting comments he made on his blog by making it "members only". Yay for google cache! I'm not going to post his comments but you can find the worst ones and the links to the caches here.
And for my patient readers who just wanted some video, here's one that is fairly amusing (quite amusing if you are a B-star G. geek like myself). It's called 'Harper is a Cylon':