Cold briefs

Here is today’s podcast. I’m cold, and annoyed.

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Not that we’re partisan

Apparently it’s amusing and cute that Vice President Joe Biden has a habit of getting inappropriately close to women.

Of course if it were a Republican it would be an outrage.

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What does Magna Carta mean to Canada?

Last night I attended an excellent panel discussion “Magna Carta: What does it mean to Canada?” hosted by House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer. And I was very struck by a comment by panelist the Hon. Pierre Poilievre (Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Democratic Reform) that our liberties may be eight centuries long but they are only one generation deep. Exactly why we’re making the documentary (…/magna-carta-our-shared-legacy…) and I’m delighted to report that we’re now at 45%. Nearly half way. A long road ahead… but many thanks to all who have gotten us this far and let’s keep it going.

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I think maybe they already know

Here’s yet another weird story. The head of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea wants people to use balloons and computer hacking to spread the news within North Korea that North Korea has a horrible human rights record.

I think they know it. They live there. It’s kind of obvious. I guess they might like to get balloons, or computers. But it seems a strange and myopic way to look at the problem and the commission report.

Sorry to burst his balloon. But what’s really needed is for people in the outside world to know how bad things are and, once they know it, to act as though they knew it. To support strong measures against the North Korean regime’s appalling military and foreign policy ambitions, and to treat with loathing any government that aids and abets the tyrants in Pyongyang.

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In defence of Sun News

Yes, there was news on Sun News Network. My colleague David Akin offers a spirited defence of the network in Maclean’s, pointing out that for all the mockery of our station, his Battleground show in particular often gave more detailed attention to politics and election campaigns than our rivals, including in-depth election night coverage.

He’s right, and I’d just like to add that, as part of that coverage especially on David’s show, the network sent me to just about every province holding an election between 2011 and 2014 to film historical vignettes and other backgrounders to provide context for the current partisan clashes.

You can see a number of those on YouTube and I think it’s fair to say “packs” like this one on the rhythm of BC politics offer a depth of background on politics you rarely find on the other stations. Sure, we had our failings. But when we say we were doing something different, David brings up one more important way it was true.

Of course sometimes we were snide. At least, I certainly was. But if you watch, say, my comments on Tim Hudak during the last Ontario election, would you say now I was off-target or too harsh?

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