Watching the debate with friends
The 1993 debate was one of the most memorable in history for me because I watched it at bible school with some great friends. I sought to recapture some of that with last nights debate by inviting a bunch of old and new friends over. To add to the experience I prepared lots of snacks. Popcorn, chips, dip, crackers, cheese, meat, pub style buffalo chicken and dry ribs were all part of the mix. I made sure include some root beer to so we can least pretend we had “beer and popcorn”. Watching a debate with friends who like to make sarcastic remarks adds to the flavour even if we might miss a bit of substance. Watching it with the PVR is even better because I could pause the debate while the group regained composure. I had a great time and it was very good to hang out with my friends. I’m sorry that Becky wasn’t able to make it because she certainly would have added to the mix.
Some people like to name someone the winner and it is usually their favourite person. In my group of friends we have people that lean NDP, Conservative and Liberal. Our impressions of the debate were mixed. Most of us thought Jack Layton did the poorest but one or two did not. Some of us thought Harper did poor and others did not. It seemed we all thought Martin did very well in his rant on Duceppe. Scripted or not he came across with genuine passion for the country.
I don’t know if I could tell that anybody really won. I think it is really hard to judge these things because our bias colours our perception. I find Jack Layton annoying. I find Harper stiff but for him stiff is better than angry so he probably did about as good as he could. When Paul Martin answers questions he tries to cover a lot of ground with a lot of facts and he doesn’t come across clear and sometimes he comes across evasive. It seems like he tries too hard. Duceppe is always entertaining and I find that he is less filtered. He comes across more conversational.
I think some of the questions were dumb. Why do we debate how the federal government can fix health care when it is a provincial responsibility? Legislation to force politicians to keep their promises? There will always be things the opposition will see clearer when they are in government.
I would have liked to see things like the first nations, foreign policy, foreign aid, the environment and the military talked about.