Wednesday, November 7, 2018

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Anonymous
2018-11-07 12:37:04

There were no winners in this interview - to say Gray won misunderstands the whole process. An interview is an attempt to solicit information for the audience, not a debate and not a platform for a shill peddling tonic water. Duncan should have left the tonic water in the bottle and started by simply answering the questions asked as best she was able. It's okay to say "I can't answer that" but that has to be up front, not avoided. Then she needs to add a reason why she can't answer. Then she needs to make sure she isn't making other statements that contradict that. It was obvious listening to her that not only was she reading from notes and relying on printed statements for an answer, she was sitting down at her desk while doing so. She should have read the notes to the point she was comfortable with the content (not the verbiage) and then done the interview standing up. The result would have been much better for both Duncan and Gray.

Ken Cantor

Anonymous
2018-11-08 06:37:32

I agree with you Ken. I don't think I wrote that Gray won in the interview, but I did like the fact that he held Duncan's feet to the fire and didn't let her get away with canned answers.

Grant

Anonymous
2018-11-07 10:15:04

I agree with everything you said. That interview was abysmal and highlighted absolutely everything people can't stand about politicians. Repeating the same prepared non-informative position over and over again do nothing more than incite rage amongst taxpayers paying these people's salaries. But at the same time I think blame should be put on the entire government as this is completely and 100% reflective of Trudeau's style of presenting everything as wonderful with no problems and clearly no substance behind the sentiment.

Anonymous
2018-11-08 06:38:57

I try not to get political in my blogs and instead only examine what was said or done. As far as the interview goes, we agree on the outcome.

Grant

Anonymous
2018-11-07 09:52:48

It's clear that the winner in this conversation was David Gray. The minister had three paragraphs of 'speaking points' and the last line in each paragraph clearly said "Repeat as required".

If she had simply said "I can't provide details on the negotiation, and we're working together to understand any disconnect in our messaging that may have lead to misunderstanding." the interview would have pretty much concluded - and everyone would look just fine.

Sad to see that media training and basic conversation skills aren't a part of the Ministerial on-boarding program - this kind of interview seems to perpetuate the stereotype of clueless leadership proselytizing on hilltops while missing the bigger picture.

If the Minister was working for a private entity, would she perhaps have gone into the interview with a different attitude about why the situation exists?

Anonymous
2018-11-07 09:58:16

Excellent comments. Federal ministers do get a lot of media training. Unfortunately sometimes the people around them don't have real world experience when it comes to the media and believe certain key messages will work. When they don't, we have a problem Houston.

Grant

Anonymous
2018-11-07 09:48:14

Both.

Anonymous
2018-11-07 09:56:31

Ha ha. I agree.

Grant