The wife’s health has not been the best lately and she spends much of her time in her electrified Lazy-Boy chair. It is where she keeps two Apple I-Pads in use. She alternates the I-Pads for charging. She will frequently want to show me something that she thinks will be of interest to me.
This morning, there was something political that she thought would be of interest. She knows how I despise conservative leader Pierre Poilievre and this was a picture of Poilievre in parliament and the headline said that he had been indicted for something.
I quickly identified it as fake news but I must admit it was well done. The person who created this amusing piece of garbage might have known some things about Mr. Poilievre but was woefully ignorant of some of the differences between how American and Canadian laws operate.
It was something of a coincidence that I had just read an opinion piece in the Toronto Star by a senior apologist for the conservative party, Jaime Watt. Watt heads up a public relations firm and seemed to be chortling over the purported successes of Mr. Poilievre as a guru of social media advertising.
He also seemed to be chortling over the potential demise of the CBC and Radio Canada if Mr. Poilievre ever gets to be prime minister of Canada. That annoys me.
I was born the year parliament created the CBC and as a youngster I delivered Globe and Mail newspapers to homes and apartments in the area of the Jarvis Street headquarters of the English language CBC in Toronto. I also spent many learning hours there thanks to an older brother who became a CBC producer in the early years of Canadian television.
Maybe Mr. Watt missed the revelation from the late Marshall McLuhan that the medium is the message. And what is your potential if you are the kingpin in a garbage dump? Of what value is your audience if you only reach the semi-literate?
Mr. Watt compares Poilievre to conservative Michael Harris of Ontario’s Common Sense Revolution of 1995. Michael Harris was a disaster as premier of Ontario as Pierre Poilievre would be a disaster as prime minister of Canada. He is an egocentric personality in the robes of Cassius.
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