Last night I went to the Debate on Cultural Policy at The Gladstone Hotel, mostly hoping to hear Olivia Chow speak. Lately I’ve been hearing rumblings that her and hubby Jack Layton are little more than media sluts, spouting what NDP faithful want to hear only to get their mugs in the public eye.
Well, Dame Chow never made it, but this guy — local Green Party candidate Mark Viitala — did. And what did the Ska DJ-cum-politician bring to the table? Sadly, not much.
However, Beaches-East York NDPer Peter Tabuns pretty much said everything I wanted to hear. Some paraphrases:
- “We live next to the largest economy in the world, and we must take steps to protect our own culture from it.”
- “Where Canadian TV needs the biggest boost is prime time drama.”
- (re: Bill C-128) “We’re going to make mistakes, but it’s always better to err on the side of freedom of speech.”
So Olivia, your vote’s still safe with me!