When Your Heroes Show They Aren’t

Sometimes getting older sucks, like really bad. The older we get, we learn more but at the same time the older we get, the way we are forced to view some of those who we respected and maybe idolized changes. This is especially true when it comes to the world of sports or the arts. We all have those people whose work or ability we’ve loved. We all have those athletes and artists that we truly call ourselves a fan of.

And sadly the older we get, some of those who we idolize, whose jerseys we wore, whose music we bought or whose posters hung on our walls, show a true side of themselves that puts all of those past feelings to waste. In the past few years, it feels that we have had more of those moments and in a few cases when they happen, they are such a disappointment that it just feels like a blow to the morale. I had that experience late this week, when one of my favourite footballers of all time said things that just ruined my fandom of him forever. With a short clip of less than a minute, years of cheering this guy on went poof. That player? Well it was Swedish international footballer Zlatan Ibrahimović, and these were the offending words:

The whole idea of “shut up and dribble” is one that has deeply offended my basic political sensibilities for a very simple reason; in a democratic society, the ability to speak up is important. It doesn’t matter about your profession, your age, your gender or even your eloquence. What matters is being involved and sharing your view. So this idea that professional athletes should just “shut up” because they are athletes has always bothered me. Athletes have just as much right to speak up about conditions in their communities as anyone else and have just as much ability to take part in the political discourse of a community as anyone else.

Many pro athletes like LeBron James, who Ibrahimović calls out, may have greater privilege in money and resources, but these people are still a part of their communities. They still have family and friends. And they still face the systematic injustices that others do. There are too many examples of athletes being abused by the authorities for simply being the people they are. I think of NBA players like Thabo Sefolosha and Sterling Brown, both of whom were assaulted and worse by the police, and for them, being highly paid athletes didn’t save them from the same treatment that other African Americans have faced in their country. In Sefolosha’s case, the assault by officers of the New York Police Department was so vicious that it caused a nearly career-ending injury, and I would argue that after that police-induced injury he was never the same player again. How many millions of dollars did that assault cost him? And in the case of Sterling Brown, as a headline on a good piece on his case put it, he’s “lucky he wasn’t killed by Milwaukee police”.

And yet Ibrahimović still said what he said, as if somehow athletes are protected from the outside world and that they bear no greater responsibilities. I’m not shocked that Zlatan said something that was selfish and self-centred because, well, that’s what he’s known for. The dude refers to himself more in the third person than Michael Jordan ever did and as much as I liked him as a footballer, Ibrahimović has never been the “best in the World” player that he’s described himself as. He’s very, very good, but not the best, sorry. The point is this dude is amazingly disconnected and truly living in his own world. He is coming from a place of extreme privilege that most of us could only dream about, and that includes most athletes. And that’s what bothers me the most. It’s one thing for him to be an ass or full of himself, that’s par for the course. But his inability to recognize his own privilege and then impose that on others, assuming everyone else is like him, is what bothers me. Dude had the right to share his view, but in doing so he clearly told on himself, showing himself to be the one who really hasn’t thought anything through or knew what he was talking about. LeBron James on the other hand, this response from him to Zlatan’s comments proves just how wrong he was:

LeBron James may be LeBron James, but he still comes from a community that struggles and he’s trying to do what he can to help make it better. He’s putting his money where his mouth is, trying to improve access to voting, creating business opportunities for his community and helping to give youth access to higher education. If the person who did that was a CEO or the owner of a chain of McDonalds, we’d hold them on high as a good example of our community. We would ask them to speak up and be a part of our political discourse. Yet if that person is an athlete they should shut up? Sorry, that’s just crap, plain and simple. That right there is all the more reason why they should speak up. They should speak up because it’s not all about themselves, but about the greater community. They should speak up, and this post from former NBA player Jeremy Lin from the other day is a great example why:

Whatever our background, we all have experiences that maybe the majority in society don’t understand. When you’re a part of the minority, the majority may not see your struggles or know what your community is experiencing or feeling. All across North America, we’ve seen Asian communities faced increased incidents of racist attacks because of COVID-19, incidents that seem to be getting worse, not better as time goes on. Those incidents are happening everywhere, including on the basketball court to Lin. In Zlatan’s view, Lin should just “shut up and dribble”, as if somehow that racism he faces doesn’t actually happen to him. He’s asking people like Lin, James and other athletes to “shut up” because of how uncomfortable it makes him feel, someone whose never faced the kind of discomfort of racial slurs or discrimination at all.

What Zlatan doesn’t get is that life is political by its very nature and to be engaged in it should be as natural as breathing. He also clearly doesn’t get that the privilege and monetary rewards that come with being a professional athlete doesn’t remove them from facing the same racism and prejudice that others in their community faces. And any student of history would clearly know that racist people and systems don’t spare people because of their wealth. That money doesn’t bring respect for those athletes, sparing them the pains and such that others face. He clearly doesn’t get any of that and if for that reason for whatever, Zlatan may want to stay quiet from here on out. But he is clearly in no position to tell others in his profession how to express or not express themselves politically. Most athletes get that having earned such a professional life, they have an inherent responsibility to give back to their communities as best as they can, and that’s not limited to make donations to the local Boys & Girls club. That can easily include speaking up for them because sometimes the greatest investment an athlete can make in their community is speaking the truth aloud. And for that reason, I’ll spend more time cheering on folks like LeBron James and no more pulling for Zlatan. Not all of our heroes are who they appear to be, and as disappointed I was to learn that this week, I’m glad I know it now.

Talking House Vote on China & Cheryl Gallant’s Comments with Kristy Cameron

Yesterday I joined Kristy Cameron on CFRA’s “Ottawa Now” along with Kate Harrison & Lindsay Maskell for the “Political Heat” panel. We talked about yesterdays vote in the House of Commons regarding China, how the abstention by the government on the vote was a deeply questionable move, how the abstention did nothing to help Canada’s position, Cheryl Gallant’s disturbing conspiracy theory comments, why they should be repudiated, why they shouldn’t be swept aside, why our elected leaders should be setting the best example possible for young people getting into politics, Ted Cruz’s Mexican get away and the plight of Snowflake, the Cruz family dog. You can listen starting at the 16:00 minute mark.

Talking the State of Canada’s COVID Response & the Future of the Canada/US Relationship “The Arlene Bynon Show”

This morning I joined Arlene Bynon on “The Arlene Bynon Show” on Sirius XM’s Canada Talks 167, along with Alise Mills. We discussed the current state of Canada’s COVID-19 response, the state of vaccinations, what more needs to be done, the state of Canada’s relationship with China, todays House vote on China, how our leaders should be responding, what are the limits to what Canada can do alone, tomorrows first Trudeau/Biden meeting and what will this mean for the future of the Canadian/US relationship. You can listen to it all below.

Setting a Bad Example at the Conservative Campus Club

We live in dangerous times and after everything we saw play out in the United States in December and January, I would have thought that would have been pretty clear. Words matter and peddling conspiracy theories or outright lies about political opponents or just groups in general can lead to very serious consequences. You’d think that those who are elected to serve in our Parliament would be at the top of that list who understand that, yet to say that is to clearly not know some of those who serve there.

As someone who spent a decade working on Parliament Hill, I got to know many great parliamentarians from all parties, even those I heartily disagree with. Most MPs are good people who practice their politics in a responsible way. They treat their opponents as fellow citizens they disagree with, no enemies of the state. They disagree with opinions or ideas on the other side, not see conspiracy and while innuendo around every corner. And most of all, they tend to act like decent human beings. But that’s not the case for all, as there are exceptions to every rule, and how a party deals with those exceptions says a lot about them. Today another example of that exception rose to the surface, one that will raise legitimate questions for her leader:

Yep folks, that’s long serving Conservative MP Cheryl Gallant putting her foot into it again. This time it appears to be during a conversation with what looks to be campus Conservatives at Queen’s University in Kingston. Or at least that’s what this piece of information here would tell us:

Source: Queen’s University Conservative Association

What is it with Conservatives putting their feet in their mouths in front of campus clubs? What is it about that environment that leads them to make such statements? Erin O’Toole had his turn at this back in 2020, when he showed a truer side of himself as he tried to play “normal everyday campus dude-bro” with the campus club at Ryerson. And this time we get Mrs. Gallant doing the same. But let’s be clear about something here, this is not her first offense or close to it for that matter. This is far from her first strike, but we’ll come back to that in a moment.

During this appearance, Mrs. Gallant throws out every trope and conspiracy theory about “progressives”, calling them “cultural Marxists” that have apparently taken over every single university administration except for one. She says that they’re trying to silence conservatives and “put their agenda to work before people catch on”. According to Gallant, during the pandemic we’ve seen governments try to “seize more and more power” and then accuses the media of being “bought and paid for” by Justin Trudeau, pushing a bigger government agenda. Oh and she’s not done yet everyone. She goes onto call Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault a “radical environmentalist who has now  become censor in Chief”, going onto spew a whole lot of untruths about the governments Bill C-10, which updates the Broadcast Act in Canada. Because, you know, the internet is now a thing.

She claims that he wants to take Google and Facebook “every time you want to search for an article online”, which isn’t what the bill does but hey, this is clearly a fact-free discussion they’re having. She says then that if these tech giants have to pay their taxes that they will withdraw services in Canada and that would prevent people from getting news. And here is where the crazy coup de grace comes. She asks, apparently seriously, why would Justin Trudeau want Canadians not to be able to search the internet for news articles when an election comes? Hmmm, yes, you see the bigger picture now?

Christ man, this is nutty stuff, yet that collage of conspiratorial crap is exactly the kind of thing this MP has been peddling for years. To hear her say it, you’d think that there was no way at all of Canadians to read news if it wasn’t for Google or Facebook. She makes it seems like news outlets or networks online don’t have their own places where their stories or posted or these specific things call web addresses that you can just type into your web browsers. Or better yet, that Google is the only search engine on the planet. Sure I’m not a fan of Bing myself, but come on, at least act like it exists. There are so many levels to this insanity that it’s mind-blowing.

But it’s the last part of this that bothers me the most after everything that we’ve seen in the past four years, especially the last two months. According to Gallant, this is all a part of some big master plan by “progressives”, “Marxists” and Justin Trudeau to dupe Canadians into re-electing him. That all this non-sense is real and that it’s all organized by this big, shadowy organization with the sole purpose of taking out conservatives. That is the stuff of conspiracy theories and seeing things where they don’t exist. It’s either that or I must not be as important as I think because I never seem to get invited to these big planning sessions about the future and the demise of conservatives. No, it’s not that, it’s all conspiracy crap.

But for Erin O’Toole and his party, this presents another problem, not just for his leadership but for how he’s trying to present his party to Canadians as a whole. Cheryl Gallant has done and said crazy stuff before. She’s made no apologies for her approach and her distain for her fellow parliamentarians or fellow citizens that she disagrees with. She has no problem in demonizing them like this, and clearly has no problem doing it for the amusement of impressionable youth in a campus club, which is even worse. In talking to such groups, she’s supposed to be setting the example for this up-and-coming generation of politicos, not making disgraceful crap comments like that.

It’s that kind of crap that leads to what we’ve seen stateside and we’re seeing more and more here in Canada. And that leads me to wonder what, if anything, Erin O’Toole will do about this. Is he doing to discipline Mrs. Gallant? Strip a portfolio or committee assignment? Remove her from caucus or bar her from running for them again? If Mr. O’Toole’s past actions have taught us anything so far, it’s not likely any of those things will happen here. It took a donation from a white nationalist to get Derek Sloan tossed from the O’Toole caucus, so as much as I’d like to think that he will do the right thing here, I doubt that he will.

In the meantime, this is just another example of everything that is wrong about our politics these days. These are exactly the kinds of incidents that any responsible party or party leader would be policing themselves and dealing with appropriately. It shouldn’t fall to the public to demand better from them, they should be demanding better from themselves. And that goes for all parties. This is the kind of rot that leads to far worse, and continues to set a terrible example for the next generation. When we act like this crap is normal and acceptable, it becomes normalized in the younger ones that come behind us. If that isn’t a good enough reason for Mr. O’Toole to act here, then there isn’t likely one good enough for him. And that might be the saddest comment of all.

The 100th Birthday Middle Finger

It’s mid-February and we’re close to a full year into this bloody COVID pandemic. Here in Eastern Ontario, we’re getting hit with our largest snowstorm of the season so far and in many parts of Canada, it’s been frigid cold for a couple of weeks. Needless to say, for many of us our nerves are starting to fray just a tad. Burn out doesn’t quite cover how many are feeling and really folks, we could all use a holiday, right? Well for most Canadians yesterday was that day, as we all got a stat holiday to spend time with the family.

In Ontario, we call it Family Day and it was a time to reconnect with our loved ones and get a little extra rest. But given that we are still dealing with COVID, having a holiday didn’t mean taking a holiday from staying safe. Nope, it meant staying home, taking care of one another and following COVID protocols. This year the most important thing that we could do for our families was “to celebrate with ONLY those you live with.” Don’t believe me? I borrowed that phrase from this guy:

Yeah, Premier Ford says to stay home to protect folks and is even thanking us for doing it. Aww geeze, what a swell guy right? Here we are staying hunkered down at home and I’m sure that he’s doing his part while doing the same. He must be protecting his family and other families by celebrating that day with only those who he lives with, right? Yeah… well, about that:

Okay, I’m pissed. Seriously effing pissed off right now. Maybe it’s the snow, maybe it’s the cold, maybe it’s that I’m still stinging from not being able to say my last goodbyes to my late grandmother (who would have turned 94 on February 9th). Maybe it’s all of those things. But seriously, what the actual f*ck?!?!?! Not only is Dougie giving everyone the middle finger on this Family Day weekend as he tweets at us all to stay home, but he’s also doing it in plain view, for CTV News cameras to see him doing it.

And what is the reason why he did this? To wish former Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion a lovely 100th birthday. My mind is effing blown at this, and this is no knock-on Hurricane Hazel. Seriously, we’re in a global pandemic, where we’re all suffering and the leader of the province of Ontario decides to break these rules, he’s yelling at all of us to follow to visit someone on their 100th birthday? You know, the exact same kind of person who is at the highest risk of getting and dying from COVID??? And no one grabbed this guy by the scruff of his neck and said, “No Doug, don’t do it”.

If Doug really wanted to do this, he could have visiting Hazel the same way that so many of us have been forced to meet with our elderly loved ones; he could have done it over Facetime, he could have called, he could have stood outside the window in the cold while she was safe inside. Nope, instead he goes over to her house delivering presents in one of the most tone deaf and ignorant moments I can possibly think of. Add to that the juxtaposition of his Twitter message, telling us to “celebrate with ONLY those you live with”. I’m pretty sure that goes for birthdays as much as it does for Family Day, but I’m sure at some point we’ll be told they’re not the same and treat it like some cheap loophole.

Seriously folks, my patience for this kind of crap is near its end. We’re coming up on a year now and almost all of us have had to make do when it comes to these things. We’ve all had loved ones that we couldn’t see on their birthdays, or at Christmas, or Thanksgiving and that will soon again be the case at Easter. Many of us have had to watch from a distant as our beloved elders have suffered alone, but we’ve done it to ensure that they could live to get through this awful moment. Most of us get the sacrifices that we have to make right now, and we take them seriously,

But then something like this crap happens, man oh man. I don’t know what you say to this crap. Seriously I’m as gob smacked as I’m fuming mad. This is exactly the kind of crap that undercuts any good work or measures that are being taken. This is the kind of stupidity that makes more people check out on doing their part. This is exactly the kind of thing that drives people up the wall. And this is exactly the kind of thing that is so stupidly simple to have avoided happening. Seriously, this is the kind of mistake that you make when you’re not serious about this issue.

It doesn’t matter if this was careless or not giving a flying f*ck about applying the rules to themselves, it’s a huge middle finger to the people of Ontario at the worst possible time. As we are seeing the worse variants taking hold and the worst still ahead of us, right now people need to trust that their leaders are doing as they tell us to do. Instead we get Dougie dropping off birthday presents to a famous centenarian, with a TV crew in tow. It’s because of stupidity like this that I’m less and less confident about this governments ability to deal with this crisis properly. As a result, I’m more and more worried about what is going to come, and I know I’m not alone in that. If Doug Ford could manage to do the very meager basics of his job here, which is basically following his own bloody rules, that might be different. But apparently, he can’t, because he keeps showing us over and over again with this latest episode. I keep holding out hope for better, but like my patience, that’s running out too.

Talking COVID Vaccination Priorities in Stage Two with Kristy Cameron

Yesterday I joined Kristy Cameron on CFRA’s “Ottawa Now” along with Kate Harrison & Lindsay Maskell for a rare Thursdays mini-“Political Heat” panel. We talked about the news of federal guidelines around Stage Two of COVID-19 Vaccination priorities, what this might mean for the attempt to get people vaccinated, the importance of getting this right, the need to guard against people trying to game the system, the importance of having the vaccines to actually follow through on it and the other things we need to do during this period to help us get back to normal that governments have been avoiding. You can listen to the audio below starting at the 16:30 minute mark.

Talking the Political Impact of COVID Vaccine Distribution with Rob Snow

Back on Wednesday I joined Rob Snow on CityNews Ottawa radio’s “The Rob Snow Show” along with Kate Harrison for the “Political Fix” panel. We talked the about how slow place of COVID-19 vaccines impacting is impacting federal politics, how this might be changing the appetites’ of some for a spring Federal election, how the Liberals backing down on CERB repayments may place into the election calculus, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole shuffling his shadow cabinet and I talk about how the cold of Eastern Ontario is worse than the cold out west (it’s so true). You can listen to the audio by clicking below, starting at the 21:00 minute mark.

The Worst of the Worst

Having worked in and around politics for as long as I have, it’s easy for my positivity about and hope in the profession to be lessened. I’ve gotten to work with some amazing politicians who represented their communities with honour and respect, and worked to get true results for Canadians. I’ve gotten to know other politicians who were very similar, despite being in different parties with different views. They may not have agreed with us on any given day, but they always respected their opponents and viewed them as dedicated citizens in an important role in a functioning democracy.

Sadly though it’s rarely those politicians who get the attention in the public eye. Instead, we end up hearing more from the loud minority of elected people who are more worried about themselves about anything else, people who viciously attack those on the other side and treat anyone who doesn’t share the 150% ideological views that them as the worst enemies on Earth, even if they are in their own caucus. This is something we’ve seen get more and more pronounced over time, which frankly sucks. But even with that feature being around, I think that even the most pessimistic among us would hope that these worst among the worst would overcome themselves and rise to the moment in a time of crisis. Well over the weekend we saw a piece of news come out that continues to prove that during COVID-19, some of those worst of the worst simply refuse to rise to anything proper:

Look everyone, as disappointed as I am in seeing this whole group come together to basically cheerlead a vicious disease that’s killed over 20,000 Canadians, am I shocked? Hell to the no. If this motley crew of selfish group has shown anything about themselves over time, it’s that it’s all about them no matter what. It makes sense that this group of narcissists would eventually find each other like this, so there they are. But that’s not all that there is to this. It’s one thing to play these dumbass, cruel political games over normal political matters, but to do this while people are literally losing their lives, jobs and everything they hold dear? That’s another level of low that never should be seen in our politics. Yet we see this group come together like the #cdnpoli  equivalent of the Power Rangers in reverse; coming together and looking wearer and worse by comparison. You’d think that other people who are actually elected wouldn’t want to be a part of that, yet amazingly more came out about this story late yesterday that added a whole new twist to this crap:

It’s one thing for defeated MPs, expelled crotchety backbenchers or random far flung municipal politicians who won the support of mere hundreds to win to take batshit crazy positions like this. It’s something completely different for any member of a sitting government to sign onto the “Pro-COVID” movement. That means publicly going against your government in the middle of a massive crisis and screams “No Confidence” in your leader. To have not just one but two MLA’s do it, wow, that’s nuts. And if you believe UCP MLA Angela Pitt’s quote to the Western Standard, “more colleagues are certain to follow”. That’s insane folks, seriously insane.

This last development adds a whole new layer of political craziness to this story because when you look at the original members of this group (Bernier, Sloan, Hillier and others), most of them have already been ostracized by their parties or lost their seats. They got their punishments for their craven and unacceptable behaviour, so you could argue they now have nothing to lose by doubling down on their douchiness. But for these two MLAs, sitting in the government caucus, one even being Deputy Speaker of the Alberta Legislature, what does this say about them that they are still in the UCP caucus with no punishment as of yet? What does it say about Jason Kenney’s leadership that he’s not moved at the speed of light to punt these two from his party? And how are Albertans (or Canadians for that matter) supposed to believe that this Premier is actually interested in stopping COVID when he allows these kinds of people to stay in his government? It’s not like Kenney’s response to this crisis has been good, but this is a totally different level of crap.

In the meantime, this is exactly the kind of story that just pisses me off about those crappy “politicians” who draw all the oxygen in the room with this shit. If this was over some issue of little to no importance, it would just be a mere annoyance. But this is literally life and death, this is of the highest consequence for so many Canadians. And the idea that these people are deciding to take the “pro-death, pro-disease” side of this argument because they think it’s a political winner is just disgusting. Real politicians are responsible and know that there are limits to where you go to win votes or raise money. Real politicians have decency and respect for their fellow man and know that not ever approach is equal or right when it comes to getting a vote. We’ve seen what it looks like Stateside when craven people with no ethics or morals will seek votes in the darkest motives and thoughts of society, and this group of COVID-philes sees that as a model to follow, not a cautionary tale. These people are not politicians in my mind, they are hucksters and immoral opportunists, and deserve to be called out as such. In the meantime, sadly we’ll have this loud group of the small people yelling and screaming together, calling to let more people die so they can have a steak in the place of their choosing. That’s all kinds of wrong and deserves to be called out as such and I, for one, am tired of their crap. It’s time to call it out for what it is, and I hope that the majority of those good politicians will do just that.

The Future Coming Faster Than Some Expected

During COVID there have been many interesting things to observe, about how different people, groups and companies have reacted to the current situation and to how that could affect what comes after we get out of these hard days. Many of us have made educated guesses about what a post-COVID world will look like, what changes some communities and businesses will make and where they decide to try to put their focuses going forward.

One of the biggest industries that many are looking at is the automotive sector. Between the changes in peoples buying habits, the increased pushed to fight climate change and the proliferation of new technology coming online, this sector is one where the changes of a post-COVID world could be profound. Some people have believed that one of the effects of COVID would be to speed up some changes, either in company strategies or consumer habits. So it was with that in mind that I really took note of a big Super Bowl ad that came out from one of the world’s behemoths in the auto sector, an ad that really speaks to what a post-COVID world might look like:

Now it’s not a shock to see a large company like GM investing in electric cars, as they have been doing that for a while. They have been shifting in that direction and they have clearly seen that as a part of the future. But what is striking here is the speed at which GM now seems to be going. The ad makes it clear, 30 new models available as an EV by 2025. In four years. In the world of auto production, that’s literally right around the corner.

But like with most things in the United States, this move by such a corporate stalwart like General Motors will be taken as something more than simply good economics. Some will apply their political perspectives onto it, trying to make it somehow “un-American” to want to buy an electric vehicle. That’s part of the reason why I love this ad from GM, because it not only highlights this future of transportation, but it basically tries to turn that “un-American” argument onto its head. It tries to spark that outrage that “these guys over here” are beating us at this, a nation that most Americans would say shouldn’t beat them at anything. And honestly, using Will Ferrell to do it is a great way of doing it. Who better that Ricky Bobby to help GM make that leap?

But while that’s pretty good, being social media, I love when someone decides to clap back at a funny slight against them. And given that Ferrell and GM have decided to call out Norway here, it was going to fall to someone in Norway to speak up. Well the University of Agder in Grimstad and Kristiansand, Norway decided to step up, responding by showing a few more areas where the United States is lagging behind those “lugers”, as Ferrell put it:

First off, a beautiful chef kiss to that video reply. Love it, LOVE IT!!! But what I probably love the most about it is the fact that it’s not so much a put down of the United States (and to an extent, us here in Canada too) as pointing to what the US could do better when it comes to the energy transition that GM clearly is betting on coming sooner than later. When you look at all of the things that this Norwegian university showed about their approach, from investments in green energy tech, to battery storage, to free tuition, maternity leave and more, I guarantee that the question most Americans would ask could be “how is it all paid for?”.

Of course in Norway, a lot of that money is coming from the wealth raised from past oil extraction over the decades. Yes, they’ve used the Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund and the billions it has raised over the years to re-invest in their country, their people, their social welfare, their education and their industry to make them world leaders. That’s what they’ve done with similar oil resources that both the United States and Canada have, so it could have been done here too. But instead of “shoulda, coulda”-ing this to death, I would just say that using the revenues from a non-renewable natural resource to build up future industries and society is something that they have done since their inception. So really, you could argue that being more like the Norwegians would be a very “American” thing to do.

Anyway, we’ll see if they ever do see it that way, but it’s still interesting none the less to see such a large American corporation take this leap in what is clearly a sped-up way. Time will tell if they are getting to the front of the line or will be making a big mistake in this big bet. But this time, it feels much more like former and if they don’t get cold feet this time like they did in the 90’s, GM could be reading the mood of this moment better than most.

Talking the Politics of COVID Vaccine Delivery Delays with Graham Richardson

Yesterday I joined Graham Richardson on CFRA’s “Ottawa Now” along with Kate Harrison & Lindsay Maskell for the “Political Heat” panel. We talked about the politics around the COVID vaccine delivery delays, the fact that governments haven’t done their best to control what they can control, the lack of upfront transparency from our governments on this matter and thoughts on The Weeknd’s Super Bowl performance. You can listen to the audio below starting at the 17:00 minute mark.