Monday, May 09, 2011
In other news from TV, CBS has named Scott Pelley to take over from Katie Couric as anchor of the CBS Evening News.
Katie is still figuring out what to do. Speculation is that she may go to ABC and get her own show, which would end up booting yet another soap opera off the air. General Hospital. All in all, these are sad times for soaps fans.
As for last week's stunning Canadian election, the New Democrats, now Canada's Official Opposition, look increasingly like wannabe cast members on Saturday Night Live. They are the Not Ready for Prime Time Players. You had their chief Quebec lieutenant Thomas Mulcair talking to the press on TV and doubting there were any bin Laden death pictures. He later said his words were taken out of context.
Then you have the case of Ruth Ellen Brosseau, the Ottawa pub manager who managed to get elected in Berthier--Maskinongé even though (a) she doesn't know French, (b) has never been to the riding and (c) took a trip to Las Vegas in the middle of the election campaign. The press is giving her a hard time, but the people who really ought to be raked over the coals are the idiots in Berthier--Maskinongé who elected her in the first place.
I can't believe a goofball like her wins her seat in the election; meanwhile Quebec voters in places like Pontiac give the foreign minister Lawrence Cannon the boot. He lost to an ex-Communist karate instructor. I wish I were making this up.
Can you imagine something like this happening in the USA? Or the UK?! I know this is a free country and the "people are always right" in a democracy, but really, voters in Quebec ought to be embarrassed.
For a couple of articles on the election race in Battlefords-Lloydminster, here's a writeup on the winning Conservative MP Gerry Ritz, plus a look at how the local Green guy fared. At least the Green candidate showed up at the debates here and did some campaigning -- that's more than what you can say for some of these new NDP MPs from Quebec.