Friday, December 05, 2008

Political turmoil in Canada

Yesterday and today the Canadians saw unprecedented political turmoils. Canadians, I am sure, has not seen anything like this for years, maybe in living memory.
The Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, sought the permission of the G-G(which is by the way is Michelle Jeane(I hope my spelling is right), to prorogue the parliament. So no parliamentary session till January 26 of next year. As far as I can remember, just six months back the Canadian Prime Minister was telling the Canadian that unlike the south of the border,
  • the Canadian economy was in strong shape
  • that Canada has surplus budget
  • the Canadian banking system is the best in the world and,
  • our financial institutions are on solid fundamental base.
indicating that the meltdown like that of Lehman Brothers, will not happen here.

Well, so much for his words, six months later, Canadian economy is going towards recession (two consecutive terms of negative growth), the auto sector is crumbling, even telecom giant Nortel is laying off people.

Today, that is the December, 04, 2008 with the parliament prorogued, Stephen Harper faced the press. All the media CBC, Globaltv, citytv, CTV gave coverage to the prime minister's press conference. When it came to the oppositions' press/media conference, only CBC covered the media conference for Jack Layton of NDP and afterwards that of LDP's Stephen Dion.

Are the media biased?

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