May 13, 2015

Heard: Debates will only hurt Trudeau, who "cocks up verbally every time he's not reading from a script"

Brian LilleyArchive

Don't miss my fascinating conversation with political veteran and journalist Ray Heard about what format the official debates will take during the upcoming federal election.

Along with insider anecdotes about his involvement in some of Canada's most important election debates, Heard addresses the media line that Harper is trying to avoid them.

Heard says that in fact Harper's proposal would amount to "the most debates ever" and he thinks that's a great thing for voters. But will broadcasters go along?

He also adds that of all the leaders, a debate will hurt Trudeau the most.

Find out why.


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commented 2015-05-16 00:15:29 -0400
Please, Mr. Harper, there will be no Debate!
You can not debate an Airhead who thinks “the Budget will balance itself”, with a generous helping from Taxpayers. That would give the cretin legitimacy.
commented 2015-05-14 18:20:54 -0400
Of course the media “Consortium” wants to limit the number of debates. Easier to skew the message that way! I would be tempted to watch TV if there were multiple debates. I stopped watching TV when I learned that to get SNN, I would have to be overcharged by my cable provider to get all the “upper tier” channels I really didn’t want anyway. Since then, I’ve relied on multiple news sources on the internet to inform myself of events. Most are lefty, but now we have The Rebel for an alternate viewpoint.
commented 2015-05-14 14:46:01 -0400
i am not a fan of rogers/macleans.. the empire built on systemic intentional overbilling…but what i think has happened here is that the tories are telling the cbc that they are no longer going to play their anti canadian games… btw consortium has many synonyms among which are…gang, mob, monopoly, syndicate and my particular favourite plunderbund.
commented 2015-05-14 13:55:38 -0400
I can count on 1 hand how many people I respect more than Ray Heard. Thank you for the interview, Brian – enjoyed every moment of it :)
commented 2015-05-14 10:26:38 -0400
Nice to see Ray Heard. Good interview, Brian.

I agree. The more debates, the better. Post them all on youtube, with subtitles and/or voice over translators and signers.

And yes, let’s have some privately-sponsored debates.

Harper remains an exquisite chess master-style strategist, always several moves ahead.
commented 2015-05-14 08:44:26 -0400
As interesting as the debates will be, and I am looking forward to them, let’s face it, only those already going to vote Conservative and maybe those on the fence will be convinced to vote Conservative. There will be a large portion of his airhead followers that will vote for him regardless of what he says or does. And that is exactly what the “obtain-power-at-any-and-all-costs” back room Liberals are counting on.
commented 2015-05-14 01:59:08 -0400
Quebec is a big province Roy, and anyone who wins will need the Quebec vote. You better believe we need French debates. At least two.
commented 2015-05-14 00:46:04 -0400
we don’t need french debates most people in Canada speak english
commented 2015-05-13 23:34:36 -0400
@ Ron – “Hopefully something will happen to reverse this madness.”

Yea, it’s called a revolution.

@ Liza – “You can bet Alberta won’t be long NDP, and after the train wreck happens, the NDP will never get into Alberta again.”

That is for sure. Just as the Liberals never had a chance to get in after PET bent Alberta over and … …

We will survive. I have been all doom and gloom since the election, and I can’t say I am over it completely, but Albertans will recover. We like to get out and work if for no other reason than to prove we are the diametrically opposite to the lazy “the world owes me a living” socialists.
commented 2015-05-13 23:11:05 -0400
The more debates the better. Harper and Mulcair will run circles around Trudeau’s wooden delivery of nonsense.(he was a drama teacher?) There is no trying to deliver logic to the masses. I believe it will sort itself out. Those, crazy for Trudeau will probably be otherwise occupied on election day. He still may prevail anyway, and if that happens it will be a hard lesson learned. Unfortunately those smacks upside the head are often the only efficient way of ever getting anything.

You can bet Alberta won’t be long NDP, and after the train wreck happens, the NDP will never get into Alberta again.

The question as always will we survive it.
commented 2015-05-13 22:52:17 -0400
Peter the future does look somewhat bleak. I believe that the socialist oriented education will be extended to include day care if Trudeau or worse the NDP win. I heard the Secretary of Education in the US today saying he wants to be able take children from their parents if they are not doing the job properly and put them into government run boarding schools. If Trudeau hears that…….. I have always thought that Canadians are socialists at heart and it is just a matter of time. You would have seen the young men acting disrespectfully towards the TV reporter on another story. This is what the socialist education turns out these days. Hopefully something will happen to reverse this madness.
commented 2015-05-13 22:32:15 -0400
If Trudeau gets in, then all we need is to get the NDP back in Sask, then we can write off Canada altogether. Alberta was surrounded by left crazies and then Brad Wall won in Sask. Things started looking up. Then we voted in this NDP crap and now Alberta is toast and the young people that voted in the NDP cannot grasp the damage they just did to this province and they will never until it hits their pocket books. I blame the socialist oriented education they get in schools today as the main factor.

Ron, I am not much into social media, but it is what we have to do, for sure. Cannot let Trudeau in to finish off this country and make it another Greece, but I feel in the pit of my stomach that it may very well happen. … or that could be supper. never know. :)
commented 2015-05-13 21:17:59 -0400
Peter, we need to let others know via the social media what Trudeau will do to this country. Share video clips from TheRebel on Facebook or email to friends. The good things Harper is doing let others know by social media. That is what the young people go to these days. My youngest daughter has never voted in her life. She makes less than $12k and has an infant. Harper has given her the UCCB. It is only a small amount but it helps her enormously. It is young mothers like her who need to be told that Trudeau will destroy them. Here in Alberta young people are saying I never voted before and voted NDP as my friends said to. They could not even tell you the new Premier’s name and only know she was NDP. We have to make sure young people don’t make the same mistake federally. Harper must be seen to be a friend of young people or it is game over.
commented 2015-05-13 21:12:59 -0400
Troodo is out of his league – always has been. And no “second chance” election will save troodo (not in 4 years, or 8 years or ever).

Troodo is in another world and is almost clueless when trying to connect to the voters.
commented 2015-05-13 20:55:10 -0400
Ron, I know what you mean by the perception out there is that Harper is not on the side of the little guy when in fact his policies have been specifically oriented to the little guy. The problem is the main stream media weaving a lie that Harper is all for the “big bad evil” corporations and against the regular people. This simply is not true. So, how can Harper combat this false narrative when the main stream media own all the, well, all the main media streams?
commented 2015-05-13 20:26:21 -0400
Harper has to do something to reverse the mindset out there at the moment that he is not for the little guy and therefore as in Alberta a change is required. Justin could say the most outlandish things and it will not hurt him at all. Harper needs to convince voters as Cameron did that he is all for stability and is a centrist. Otherwise a Red or Orange flag will fly over Parliament.