Wednesday, 28 March 2012
No Baird vs Martin clips
“The first rule of Canadian politics is, never ask him a question, because you’re going to get your head handed to you,” says NDP MP Pat Martin. “You couldn’t actually maintain that level of choleric, or it would eat you alive,” says Martin, who knows of bombast and faux indignation, as evidenced by last week’s profane Twitter tirade.
Baird enjoys repartee with Martin; other MPs, not so much. “When I was government House leader and taking questions for the PM, I would always dread when I looked across the aisle to see Michael Ignatieff wasn’t there—and Bob Rae was,” he says.
The mention of Michael Ignatieff as a fun, challenging opponent makes sense given he was ranked by the Maclean's survey of 2007 as "best orator". Still, Martin's polemical rhetoric probably better mirrors Baird's, so it'd be interesting to see their exchanges in Question Period. But, try as I may, it doesn't seem there's videos online of it - I guess I'll just have to resume heavy watching of CPAC to find such an exchange.
Martin seems more outraged when giving angry speeches, whereas Baird just seems more drily petty and vindictive. That's one thing to keep in mind while viewing the primary material.