Lord and McKenna already duking it out

In my real life, I spend a lot of time reading through national and regional newspapers and other media and I can report that the number of times Bernard Lord and Frank McKenna have been mentioned in the press has spiked significantly since the election started. Particularly Premier Lord who has been all over the place from CTV to just about every mainstream newspaper in Canada hammering the federal Liberals. In addition, there have been multiple stories on his quiet campaign to raise his national profile.

I am not sure if this is part of a deliberate media strategy but if it is it seems to be working.

The Daily Gleaner is reporting on a new poll of federal and political staffers as the star candidates they wished were running in the current election. Apparently, McKenna topped the list, with 10 per cent of MPs and political staffers saying they wished the former New Brunswick premier was in the election race. Premier Lord tied Gretzky for second with five per cent of those surveyed with Don Cherry tied for third with UN AIDS advocate Stephen Lewis.

Chisholm Pothier is quoted as saying “His government’s record of never before seen levels of social spending in health and education, combined with more people working, lower taxes, fewer people on welfare and balanced budgets makes him an attractive political figure. I can understand why there would be an interest.

Now Chisholm is one of these political spin doctors we all hear about. My advice to Mr. Pothier is to hone up on the message because the national media will not be as kind as the provincial rags when you make blanket statements like that. When they find out that Lord has racked up a 36% increase in government spending on a stagnant population base – his reputation as a fiscal conservative will be in jeopardy.

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0 Responses to Lord and McKenna already duking it out

  1. Anonymous says:

    Keep in mind that the national media is not exactly noted as being that much more rigorous. MacLeans just did a puff piece on Lord, and looking through the national media (fortunately I don’t have to deal with the Post, G&M, or Star newspapers and I pity those who do) on one occasion showed me just how BADLY we need REAL media coverage in this country.

    Specifically I was looking for accounts of PEI’s referendum, and a political referendum is a pretty big deal, yet none of them covered it, except the G&M that had a tiny column on page 8 at the bottom corner.

    I have no doubt that politically the next generation is going to be quite different once the generational practises of getting news from television, radio and newspapers has worn off. All three are seeing plunging numbers and the occasions where I do brave them shows me just how much more intelligent the next generation will be simply from using internet sources. Of course that opens up what the next internet sources will be but thats another issue.

    I’ve done SOME research on the actual economic policies and statistics during McKenna’s reign and it is quite obvious that his decision to invest heavily in PR is exactly the right move. Reporters are notoriously lazy, how much do we even know about most politicians?

    That Lord would figure ahead of Peter MacKay is quite a leap of faith, but clearly this province is suffering due to his federal aspirations.

    On another note the idea that Don Cherry and Wayne Gretzsky are high in the list of people’s ideas of candidates shows just how low our country has sunk, politically speaking.