Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Perhaps the BBC blunder was an auger of things to come.

The normally Perfect Broadcasting Corporation offered an hysterically funny miscue the other day.

An interviewer was quizzing someone on the upcoming Canadian budget and what we might expect.

Amazing enough that we colonials would make the Big Time Show.

But what added to the hilarity is that a title was emblazoned across the screen and stayed there for many minutes throughout the chatter.

Here's what it said:



When are Candians know to drop an "A?"

Well, now we have our Candian budget, and I am not smart enough to comment in any deep and useful way about all the minutia of this document.

But I do think this.

This is a patchwork, a quilt of unrelated, unthemed, non-ideas.

It is a bit of this and a bit of that with no discernible guiding principles.

It is short-term stuff with no strengthening long-term vision or goals.

It is not horrible; it is just not much of an anything. What we would have called in another era "a dog's breakfast."

I thought the Globe's editorial was sound and much worth a read.

Should Ignatieff and Layton bring down the government on the basis of this document?

Absolutely not.

We have enough on our plates to deal with without the costly and pointless absurdity of yet another election and another government.

Should they harass Harper into fine tuning this budget?

Sure, by all means.

Then, go back to your corners and get on with the business of Parliament.

Such as it is.


Anonymous said...

I find it a bit ironic that the editorial criticizes the government for putting money into short-term infrastructure work, and advocates putting money toward long-term projects that will take a long time to organize and get going. For a number of weeks investment analysts and economists have been saying that money needs to be injected into the economy right now; and that will get done only by putting money towards things that can be started immediately, like fixing potholes. They have been saying that long-term projects won't help the economy NOW, which is what this infrastructure spending is supposed to do. I tend to agree with this position. Making quick decisions with inadequate information on big projects is a good way to create a great-big, costly boondoggle. Isn't that a lesson we've learned from fast ferries, the new convention centre, and the Canada Line?

Craig Y.

Anonymous said...

And I thought it was a Candyman budget.