A Challenge To Stephen Harper


Liberalman
#1
I was watching American President Obama’s question and answer or town hall TV show on national healthcare last night.

As the show progressed I realized that any questions were asked had no pre-screening and the people that asked the questions seemed to be republicans.

Obama answered all the questions and more Americans are getting comfortable with a national healthcare program.

I Liberalman challenge you Stephen Harper to have a one-hour town hall meeting with the audience consisting of Liberal, NDP, Bloc and Green supporters on the subject of Accountability on national television. You can choose any Canadian national media like Global or Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) or the Canadian Television Network (CTV)

I will be watching the news on your decision
 
JLM
No Party Affiliation
#2
"Accountability", as it applies to politics is a pretty nebulous term, don't you think?
 
Cannuck
No Party Affiliation
#3
That's not really a fair comparison. Republicans can ask semi-intelligent questions. Libs and Dippers can only rant, call Harpo "Messiah", blather on about Mulroney and masturbate on pictures of Trudeau.
 
Polygong
#4
Not to put a dmaper on the idea, because it's a long overdue one, but I'll bet doughtnuts to dollars that the questions to Obama were in fact screened, and carefully selected to give the image of Obama facing hard questions, but are really ones he can work up a good repsonse to.

I have tonnes of respect for Mr. Obama, but no politician would go into a town hall blind, it'd be a guaranteed flop. Screening is good for the viewer as well. People want to see good and tough questions, but filtering out the crackpots is welcome as well.

That said, Harper does need to be more open with the public and less choreographed.
 
mt_pockets1000
#5
It's time for Harper to throw on a cashmere sweater and stroke a few kittens again.
 
DurkaDurka
No Party Affiliation
#6
Quote: Originally Posted by mt_pockets1000View Post

It's time for Harper to throw on a cashmere sweater and stroke a few kittens again.

haha. Harper is a fashionable male.

Where my sweater vest at???????/
 
petros
#7
Harper is challenged. Go easy on the guy.

Accountability? Here is one you can start with. Get Harper to account for the fact there is no Office of Accountability as he promised to open up, alloted funds for, rented space for but never staffed.
 
JLM
No Party Affiliation
#8
Quote: Originally Posted by CannuckView Post

That's not really a fair comparison. Republicans can ask semi-intelligent questions. Libs and Dippers can only rant, call Harpo "Messiah", blather on about Mulroney and masturbate on pictures of Trudeau.

Watch it there, Cannuck, or you'll get labelled as bigoted by the lefties.
 
#juan
No Party Affiliation
#9
Quote: Originally Posted by JLMView Post

Watch it there, Cannuck, or you'll get labelled as bigoted by the lefties.

Can you have a bigoted troll?
 
petros
#10
Quote:

Prime Minister Harper announces new Ministry and reaffirms government priorities

Quote:


NEWS RELEASE

6 February 2006
Ottawa, Ontario

Mr. Stephen Harper being sworn in as Prime Minister by the Clerk of the Privy Council at Rideau Hall.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the appointment of a new Ministry designed to deliver the change mandated by Canadians on January 23rd.

“My smaller Cabinet and more streamlined Cabinet structure are designed for work—not for show,” said Prime Minister Harper. “The team is talented and balanced, reflecting our national diversity. The 26 Ministers are equal members of the team, ensuring equal voices from all regions of Canada. The structure is designed to promote accountable, efficient and effective government—more focus and purpose; less process and cost.”

What is the address of this new office?
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
#11
Quote: Originally Posted by LiberalmanView Post

I Liberalman challenge you Stephen Harper to have a one-hour town hall meeting with the audience consisting of Liberal, NDP, Bloc and Green supporters on the subject of Accountability on national television. You can choose any Canadian national media like Global or Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) or the Canadian Television Network (CTV)

Accountability eh?

Can we also discuss the accountability for Adscam, Shawinigate, HRDC Boondoggle, the gun registry, Dinwall and liberal entitlement... We can start there.

So how about it Liberalman, care to do this up right?
 
petros
#12
Haven't those been dealt with Captain?

Wouldn't establishing a new Ministry funding it, renting office space, paying ministrial salary to a minister for a ministry that doesn't exist be a good scam to look into?

Would one contact the Accountability Ministry to get an investigation rolling?
 
JLM
No Party Affiliation
#13
Quote: Originally Posted by captain morganView Post

Accountability eh?

Can we also discuss the accountability for Adscam, Shawinigate, HRDC Boondoggle, the gun registry, Dinwall and liberal entitlement... We can start there.

So how about it Liberalman, care to do this up right?

I'm glad you brought that up even though I may be more "left wing" than "right wing"- THAT GUN REGISTRY has to be the stupidest gov't. endeavour since Joseph McCarthy back in the 50s. In all fairness I think the Adscam had more to do with bureaucrats than politicians.
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
#14
I do believe that they are still investigating and prosecuting Sponsorship Scandal... But that is really not the focus. The question of accountability suggests that any political party that is in power (or directly involved) in irregularities should admit to being a part or atleast assuming responsibility for not seeing and addressing these issues at the time (practically speaking).
 
petros
#15
Why hasn't the Gun Registry been scraped yet?
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
#16
Good question.
 
JLM
No Party Affiliation
#17
Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

Why hasn't the Gun Registry been scraped yet?

I take it you mean "scrapped"- that would be just as big of a mistake as implementing it in the first place. The only sane thing to do now is just let it run down on it's own as employees retire- I know there's a lot of useless crap taking up a bunch of drawer space, but for Gpod sakes don't spend money killing it as it will die eventually anyway.
 
pegger
No Party Affiliation
#18
Quote: Originally Posted by captain morganView Post

Accountability eh?

Can we also discuss the accountability for Adscam, Shawinigate, HRDC Boondoggle, the gun registry, Dinwall and liberal entitlement... We can start there.

So how about it Liberalman, care to do this up right?

Your right Captain - pass errors, scandles and criminal activity by others COMPLETELY and TOTALLY absolve the Conservatives from being any better.
 
Niflmir
Free Thinker
#19
I'm still waiting for them to scrap the automobile registry.
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
#20
Quote: Originally Posted by peggerView Post

Your right Captain - pass errors, scandles and criminal activity by others COMPLETELY and TOTALLY absolve the Conservatives from being any better.

I don't absolve the cons (or libs, NDP, Greens, Bloc, etc) of anything. The solitary reason that I listed-off the recent liberal scandals was to add a little balance to Liberalman's outlook.

That said, you're dead right in that the scandals of one party do not absolve wrongful actions elsewhere. Personally, I'd love to see some form of legislation that directly sought to legally punish any gvt official (harshly) that breaks the law while in office.
 
Machjo
#21
Quote: Originally Posted by LiberalmanView Post

I was watching American President Obama’s question and answer or town hall TV show on national healthcare last night.

As the show progressed I realized that any questions were asked had no pre-screening and the people that asked the questions seemed to be republicans.

Obama answered all the questions and more Americans are getting comfortable with a national healthcare program.

I Liberalman challenge you Stephen Harper to have a one-hour town hall meeting with the audience consisting of Liberal, NDP, Bloc and Green supporters on the subject of Accountability on national television. You can choose any Canadian national media like Global or Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) or the Canadian Television Network (CTV)

I will be watching the news on your decision


"Liberal, NDP, Bloc and Green supporters"? What about independents? Don't we get a voice too?
 
Machjo
#22
One issue that's ticked me off lately is the matter of the Afghan war budget being a matter of 'national security'! So much for fiscal responsibility! I think the taxpayer has a right to know how much money the military is spending in Afghanistan. After all, it's our money they're spending!
 

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