I saw this over at the Canadian Cynics place, and I couldn't help but pile on.
Mr. William E. Demers, commenting on the State of the Union address:
I happen to think Mr. Bush is a great orator
One would think this was a parody, but sadly, no.
and I thoroughly enjoyed watching him on FOX News. (Something that only recently became available in Canada, despite the fact that Canadians had been enjoying Al Jazeera for some time.)
Pray tell Mr. Demers, on which network? Typical undergrad level of research.
On to the gristle of the argument:
"Regrettably, here in Canada, our politicians are constantly at each others throats, to the point of childishness. It is unfortunate...It also explains why Liberal politicians and New Democratic politicians refuse to treat our Prime Minister with the respect that he deserves as the elected leader of our country."
Mr. Demers seems woefully uninformed about the parliamentary system. The PM is NOT the elected leader of Canada. The PM is also only the "first among equals" and not deserving of being put on a pedestal. Mr. Demer's abject adoration of all thing red-white-and-blue seems to have clouded his judgement and reasoning. And as for childish politicians, I think a few hours of watching the British Parliament and C-Span, will disavow him of this notion that only Canadian politicians act in an embarrassing fashion. Honestly, I somedays I think that university professors are underpaid if this is the quality of student they have to deal with.