Plain Talking

Not all of you have a subscription to the National Post.

Maybe some of you would still enjoy this proposed list of questions for our political leaders from John Robson, even if you don’t agree with his evident small-c conservative or even libertarian philosophy:

“If you doubt me, imagine what their leaders would mumble, if cornered, on the following questions that I’d insist on asking firmly and repeatedly with zero patience for evasions, bait-and-switch, impenetrable syntax or pre-chewed talking points:

    • Is government in Canada too big? If so, what would you get rid of? If not, how would you pay for it?
    • Why can’t we do health care the way the French or Swedes do instead of the way Cuba does? (Anyone who drags in “American-style health care” immediately has their mic cut off.)
    • Is China friend, foe or simply a foreign entity pursuing its own national interest?
    • Does Canada need capable armed forces? If so, what do we need and how much are you ready to spend? If not, how do we deal with a dangerous world?
    • Is the world dangerous? If not, how do you explain the entire course of human history? If so, why aren’t you more worried?
    • Why do we deliberately raise the price of food for the poor through supply management? (Maxime Bernier can just sit and smirk during this one. Andrew Scheer can’t.)
    • Why is Canada the only democracy without any sort of abortion law (Vietnam also has none but even Cuba regulates late-term ones) when most Canadians want some restrictions?
    • Does man-made climate change threaten civilization within the next decade or three? If so, how are we going to get rid of fossil fuels pronto and what will we replace them with? If not, why won’t you call global warming alarmism baloney?
    • How should Canada’s national interest factor into our immigration policies? Is there a level of immigration that you believe would be beyond our capability to absorb?
    • Do you really think Canadian Indigenous bands are separate nations? If so, when will you explicitly legislate that Canadian law does not apply on their territories and open embassies? If not, why do you pretend to? Won’t they be annoyed when they realize you’re lying again?
    • Where do you get your ideas of right and wrong? If “the Catholic church,” why aren’t your policies remotely consistent with Church doctrine? If “from within,” how do you know you’re right? If “there’s no such thing as right and wrong,” how can we trust you to do what’s right?
    • How large, of all that human hearts endure, is that part that laws and governments can cure?

There. I wouldn’t be the first person thrown off a campaign plane, possibly by other journalists. But with that list I can reasonably aspire to be the first to go out the door in mid-flight.”

 

7 Comments

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  2. Excellent list of questions. When can I sit down with this gentleman and share my views as a voter? They raise the question as to how much of this agenda is being addressed in our high schools. I see the university texts as they come across my desk as editing projects. Most of my ideas about government were taught to me in American schools. I have had to unlearn and reassess many of those ideas, of course. But I have the impression that Canadians come late to their considered political opinions or that they “inherit” them.

    1. Isabel Gibson

      Laurna – Interesting. I took a degree in Political Science about 45 years ago and have no memory of anything this clear being discussed in any of my classes.

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