Quote: Originally Posted by benny_patrick7
Canada has new cabinet. I watched today on CTV interview with two new ministers, environment and natural resources. The host asked minister of environment how he was going to reconcile the needs of economy with protection of environment, to which minister responded in a pretty long speech how important it is to reconcile economy with environment, but didn't say a single word on how he was going to do it. What is funny is that the host didn't have brains or courage to point out to the Minister that he hasn't actually answered the question.
Then there came a turn of Minister of Natural Resources. The host asked minister as to what was her plans of action as a minister. And she answered that in the nearest weeks, she will be talking to the people in the field to find out what their problems were. Effectively, her response was: "I have no idea what I am going to do".
Here is my suggestion to any host how to interview a minister: ask him what is his education, what is his experience, how his education and experience is relevant to the portfolio that he is receiving. I would ask for example the new Minister of environment why does he think that he would be better minister of environment than someone with doctorate in Environmental studies.
I just wonder how stupid we must be as people to allow appointment of ministers to the field where they have no education, no experience, nothing at all which would justify their appointment. You would probably not hire a doorman who doesn't have experience in this field.
Is it new to you that politicians rarely answer the question posed to them?
I gotta tell ya Benny.....they pretty much all do that.....all the time.
A question from the media is viewed as free airtime to plug either themselves or sell some new unrelated plan.
It's really not about answering the question.
Its about controlling both the media and the message.
On another tack ministers rarely recieve a portfolio in which they have had previous expierence in.
Nobody is really to sure about what the logic is.
But that tends to be the way it works.
Ministers almost always take Deputy Ministers or other experts from within the ministry along with them on conferences and meetings so that their is almost always an expert on the portfolio in question in the room.