Wednesday, May 30, 2007

It's ... so ... slow ...

The news is so slow these days that the most interesting thing the Sun could muster today is a federal Tory trial balloon via Tom Blowback about naming the Human Rights Museum after John Diefenbaker.

Even if it were a remotely serious suggestion, no other federal museum is named after anybody as far as we're aware. The Museum of Civilization, the War Museum, the National Gallery -- none have any politicians' names plastered all over it.

That seems to be the fate of other institutions, such as airports and federal buildings.

Not that anyone really pays attention to even that. Does anyone say they're going to the Richardson airport to catch a flight? Does anyone say they're going to the Stanley Knowles Building to enlist in the armed forces?

Anyway, to slap the Dief on the front of the first national museum outside of Ottawa seems a bit goofy, regardless of the bejowled former PM's alleged bona fides on human rights (who knew?).

And being an institution in Winnipeg, it might be a bit of a head-scratcher for River City denizens to get the link between a 1950s-era PM from Saskatchewan and a prized new waterfront gem for Manitoba.


It's ... so ... slow ... on ... the ... blogging ... front ... tooooo

However, if you really want the full blast of sour grapes in post-election Manitoba, you have only had to look to the letters to the editor of the dailies over the past two weeks.

If you ever believed published letters were any indication of public opinion, you would also have to believe no one actually voted for the NDP and there is about to be a mass migration of people to the west and east due to the historic result on May 22. (Hmm, didn't we hear those threats in 1999 and 2003, too?)

Anyhoo, it would be nice to see more of our Tory chums out there get reinvigored and back to their keyboards -- at least for some interesting reading over the morning cuppa joe. Gawd nose it ain't happening in the newspaper.

C'mon guys. Get to work.


Today, 57 MLAs get sworn in and go to the House tomorrow to hear a short, we believe, Speech from the Throne. It will be in some ways a pretty similar House to the one that last sat on April 20, hours before the writ was dropped.

Gary Doer and the NDP still firmly in charge. Huey at the front bench opposite. The Liberals remain as the Gang of Two.

But it will be a different House, too. More women than ever. The first woman of colour, ever. A larger NDP majority in the House than ... ever.

It will be different for Huey, too. Once the carrier of great expectations from his party, the media and pundits, he is now humbled, with one less net seat than he had, sharing the front-bench with a wily yet vendictive veteran having only won by the skin of her teeth (Bonnie), and rumblings about whether he will even survive as leader to take another run at the big chair.

My, what a few short weeks can do.


Speaking of leadership, has anyone else noticed that Schulander has kept all his leadership videos up on YouTube and has been promoting them on his website? (Don't bother taking it all down. It's all been saved for posterity.)