Sometimes I wonder why I continue to subject myself to Question Period. I suppose if I want to play a role framing the debate, I have to at least watch the Government and the Opposition debate public policy. Hold on, public policy? Iggy is so mystified with "Logo-Gate" that he can't see the economy through the stimulus cheques! How's about the TSX rising over 3000 points since March? I seem to remember Iggy back in the spring proclaiming Jim Flaherty to be the worst Finance Minister in the world. I'm going to start calling our Finance Minister Jimmy 3000.
Canada's economic recovery has been fantastic, especially when you look at how some of our friends are doing. Many of the "doom and gloomers" dramatically overestimated how bad this recession was going to be. If Bob Rae was Chernobyl, this wasn’t even a “3 Mile Island”. Or perhaps the “experts” believed Stephanie Dion would be Prime Minister when they prepared their dismal forecasts? It baffles me how the Opposition can be this "outraged" when all economic indicators indicate that the worst is behind us, the best is ahead of us, and we can thank Jimmy 3000 and the Conservative Government.
It is simultaneously fascinating to watch my public broadcaster desperately try to frame a "public discord" to the benefit of a flailing Opposition. There is an awful lot of good news that they are generally avoiding. I can get non-stop all day coverage of a balloon hoax, but I can't get a story on the marvelous performance of the Potash Corp of Saskatchewan? I have POT in my portfolio, do you? I doubt Iggy has POT in his portfolio, though I would suggest that he's been smoking a lot of it lately.
What do you think Canadians care more about, a dumb marketing idea or a thriving economic recovery? I have said it before and I will say it again, if “Logo-Gate” is the best they've got, we are in fantastic shape!
Keep up the great work Mister Prime Minister!
"An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today."
-Laurence J. Peter