It was fun the other day watching Farah Nasser of Global Television sparring verbally with prime minister Justin Trudeau. It was more notable for the lack of information than the gaining of knowledge. It was the evasion of a politician against the demand for answers of the skilled journalist.
While we moved to Barrie, Ontario more that 16 years ago, the wife and I still watch Toronto television news. It is not that we fail to learn about what is going on in Barrie but we are news junkies, more than most Canadians. And it keeps us in touch with a city that has been a major part of our lives.
During our time in Barrie, we also drifted away from the evening news on the CBC and CTV and settled on the Global news. We find the repetitious nature of the 90 minutes of news and commercials allows us to leisurely prepare dinner at the same time. We both like the anchor role played by Farah Nasser.
Neither of us liked co-anchor Alan Carter’s provincial news show on weekends as much but by putting him with Farah for the evening news has smoothed out some of his rough edges. Combined, Global got a winning combination.
The recent interview with the prime minister confirmed our opinion that Farah was also the tougher of the two with politicians. She was not going to take the guff that Trudeau was trying to feed her. Farah was not buying it. Global technicians went to a lot of trouble to give the PM a pleasant and warm setting for the interview. He was not getting away easily.
When Farah started to narrow down on the key question of why the PM was criss-crossing the country offering goodies to Canadians, he was in trouble. She was hardly buying his stock of talking points. Sure, she had important questions about the burial sites at the former residential schools for Canadian aboriginal children. She got the properly concerned and somber answers. No Canadian politician has yet to address this situation with any sense of urgency.
But the PM was not allowed to get off the hook on the immenent election in Canada. Deny, if he wishes, but he appears to be having fun watching the opponent politicians scurrying to follow him in promises. They would even kiss babies if it was not for the pandemic!
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