Much ado about debates: What has Harper got to lose?

There has been much to do about Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s current position about the federal election debates as of late. Much of it is contempt and fury, signifying nothing. In fairness, I don’t think that he’ll long hold his “principled position” for any length of time.

Before I go any further, I’ll elaborate on my position regarding political debates.

They’re not debates, they’re wholly unnecessary and, more often than not, they make no difference whatsoever. Jack Layton tore a strip out of Michael Ignatieff last time out, but the Liberals were disintegrating, anyway. Before that, you have to go back to Brian Mulroney chiding John Turner about options and the proper exploitation thereof thirty-one years ago.

  • simus1

    Leave the slaughter of Shiny Pony to Malcair. Where or when is irrelevant.
    Harper debating Shiny Pony’s imam would be much more interesting to a lot of folks.

    • I bet he has an Imam too.

    • mauser 98

      watching Stevie kick Professor Greenshaft around was fun

  • brm373

    Just another bit of MSM created rage

  • Ron MacDonald

    The main stream media want ‘pretty boy’ to become prime minister so Harper is doing the right thing by boycotting CTV, CBC and Global. Should Trudeau and Mulcair debate on the networks, Mulcair will quickly prove that Trudeau is nothing more than a mental midget.

  • Uncle_Waspy

    I don’t agree with everything Stevie-baby has done, but he’s alright.

    This is the nicest, classiest photo to surface on the web in a long time. The prime ministers of Canada, Australia and New Zealand having lunch together. No flash, no pomp. All very low key. There’s a beautiful humility about it.

    Contrast that with Bathhouse Barry’s 700 person entourage and 50 car motorcade just to go out for an ice cream cone.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      The Commonwealth countries should set up their own UN and only invite democratic countries to join and enter into free trade agreements.
      All else excluded until they get their shit together.

      • Uncle_Waspy

        Sounds like a solid plan!

      • mauser 98

        good idea!! lets spread this around

      • Surele Surele

        Yeah, but let’s not call it UN, o.k.?

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Let’s get Gary Busey to name it.
          I suggest DOUG.
          Democracies Of Unimpeachable Goodness.

      • Justin St.Denis

        But they would have to ‘ban’ numerous Commonwealth countries from membership if those “democratic” qualifications are a must.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          I don’t consider Zimbabwe and South Africa as Commonwealth countries anymore.

          • Justin St.Denis

            Neither do I, but they are. That’s my point. So we can’t make it a “Commonwealth” thing.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I agree.
            I was responding viscerally to the image of the three countries in the Commonwealth who are not Britain who most exemplify Commonwealth values.

    • That is a good pic

    • Justin St.Denis

      That pic is wonderful.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        If only Nigel Farage could join them as equals.

  • Morticiaa

    I guess I missed all this news
    Yes, it is clear the bias of all these
    Three so called news outlets
    And the crackpot biased people
    Who report what their opinion of the
    News is, their take on interpreting
    I doubt very much that Stephen will
    Miss debating with these two, an
    Opportunity to show them up as the
    Dull brained individuals they are

  • ismiselemeas

    Keith’s is undrinkable pig swill.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I prefer Lucky.

  • If one were Harper, would you want to listen to an hour of Justin Trudeau stammering only to have that twerp hailed by the CBC?

    Have a townhall meeting and fill it with Chinese political refugees, teachers angry that they can’t get that payday they didn’t work for and people furious over high energy bills. That would be more amusing and informative than any debate.

  • wallyj180

    I’ve heard much about how moving the debates would keep them from Canadians and how 13 million people watch them on the Consortium’s channels.

    That is BS. The true number is not even close.

    ” According to BBM Canada, the total audience for the broadcast consortium that aired the debate across the country was 3.85 million. CTV says that’s up 26 per cent compared to viewership numbers for the English leaders’ debate in 2008.”

    The two English debates in the 2006 election brought in about 3.4 million total.

    The Liberals are lying to us again.
    They desperately want the CBC’s cartel to control the debates.