The Hill Times is a newspaper for Canadian political insiders on Parliament Hill.
The pricey weekly publication that no one in Ottawa uses their own money to pay for, has some news, lots of gossip, and lots of who’s who vanity stories.
If Parliament is a private club, the Hill Times is like the club’s newsletter. Once a year, they have a fun, gossipy year-end issue with a survey of Parliament Hill MPs and staff.
They ask questions like, who is the hardest-working MP, who is the best MP, who is the worst MP. They take it seriously and use a polling company called Forum to handle it, to statistically weight it by party affiliation. Over a hundred political insiders voted.
It won’t surprise you to know that Justin Trudeau won the survey as the most valuable MP. It’s a Liberal town after all, and he’s their boss and meal ticket.
But the survey takers are anonymous and can be honest about who the worst politician in Ottawa is, this time choosing Bill Morneau, the unethical finance minister, who has brought so much scandal with him.
It’s a clubby, gossipy survey, but it’s also honest, and interesting. Aren’t you curious about what Parliament Hill insiders say will be the most important issue in 2018?
Some of it’s just fun — like where their favourite Happy Hour place is in Ottawa, who’s the most approachable cabinet minister — and you may disagree with some of the results, but look at this survey question: Which talking head would you most like to silence.
And there I am, Rebel Media’s Ezra Levant, by far in first place at 13.4% with second-place finisher, CBC’s Rosemary Barton, at 7.5%.
What do you make of that?
Well, I’m going to tell you what I make of it, beginning with the fact that it’s extremely weird that a newspaper of any sort would want to ask the government who they would want to silence and censor.
But, it also shows how effective our tiny little website is.
The CBC gets $1.5B a year from the government. Our entire annual budget is a fraction of 1% of that. The CBC burns our annual budget in a few hours and is forced into everyone’s home through mandatory carriage in your cable package.
And yet we loom so large in the minds of Liberal, insider Ottawa that they hate us more than anyone else. Little us.
NEXT: Independent journalist from Sweden, Annika Hernroth-Rothstein, joins me to discuss the current state of the country related to effects of mass migration.
THEN: Director of the Middle East Forum, Daniel Pipes, comes on to talk about Trump’s UN controversy and we take a closer look at how other countries voted.