AN INTERESTING WEEK IN POLITICS in the Loops. A federal election call, a fired NDP candidate and a not-so-bold move by City council.
Taking first things first, Justin Trudeau paid a visit to make a three-minute speech before heading off across the country. He was here and in Victoria and Edmonton instead of in Toronto at a national debate with the other party leaders.
The prime minister has engaged in a fascinating dance with reporters since the moment the writ was dropped. Reporters ask him questions; he doesn’t answer. Instead, he offers a few words he clearly figures will make a more suitable video clip than if he gave a real answer.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, former school board chair, former editor of The Kamloops Daily News, and a current director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He was awarded the Jack Webster Foundation’s lifetime achievement award in 2011. His editorials are published Monday through Thursdays, and Saturdays on CFJC Today, CFJC Midday and CFJC Evening News. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.