I watched the whole damn thing.
Really I did. Without the aid of intoxicants, I sat through a painful hour and a half of shouting, statistics, and (old) stock lines from the leaders of the Big Three Parties.
I even took notes!
Looking back over them now, I can see with more perspective how utterly incoherent the evening was, how jumpy. How each subject was dealt with perfunctorily, with the utmost brevity. How the super-liminal branding by the Globe and Mail was a hideous distraction, as was the ominously dark and distorted and angled and looming false-colour photo of the Parliament Buildings that they inexplicably selected as a backdrop. How much goddamn squabbling and shouting and incoherent crosstalk there was.
Some sample quotes from my hasty scribbles:
- “TOTAL INCOHERENCE ON TAX RATES. They’re all wrong.“
- “Mulcair: ‘Harper dodged the question!’ Then he dodges his question.”
- “Fear-mongering! Lies!”
- “Harper: Canada: it’s not great, but it’s as good as it gets!”
- “Child care is Mulcair’s answer to the housing bubble?!?!”
- “Trudeau keeps saying ‘top 1%’ – I guess the focus groups liked that line?”
- “SQUABBLE SQUABBLE!”
Upon further reflection, I think taking notes was a waste of time. Continue Reading