On the podcast, frank talk about the challenges of government
Its hard to cover EVERYTHING but I wish you had asked about Indigenous incarceration and Minister's thoughts on bail reform. Learning about Crystal Paskemin's brutal murder today and how murderer secured day parole made me cry. I don't cry often. A little less about "polysenthetic pronouns" in the Mohawk language would have rounded out this interview. Thanks Paul you're a patient man. I would have blown up.
Refreshing. Future PM material?
I’m happily in the overlap, enjoying both the newsletter and the podcast, and I can’t quarrel too much with your approach to interviewing since the conversations you’ve published, including this one, have been fantastic. But I have to wonder: if you got the chance to interview, say, Pierre Poilievre for the podcast, would you refrain from asking the questions you set out some time ago in the newsletter? It would be hard to ask them without things getting a bit more confrontational. Or would that kind of questioning be reserved for an interview destined for print?
"...you might notice a pretty sharp tonal gradient: I’m much more critical in print than in person. This isn’t a tactical choice. It’s a function of intended voice. If you’re reading me, I feel I owe you a sense of what I think. Whereas if I’m interviewing somebody, my goal is to have that person do most of the talking. They generally won’t do that if I act like Jeremy Paxman..."
Sounds pretty tactical to me, but what do I know.
Hi Paul. I have tremendous respect for Minister Miller and for how much he has enabled to happen in his portfolio. I am pleased that you have done this interview. Your reference to his strong partisan views was a little sharp, considering your own strong partisan views. Non? I do not think that one should or could hold a ministerial position without partisan views.
I guess when you interview a politician it has to be all In the Tone..otherwise they clam up and you get nowhere.
Thanks for the interview. He is a very interesting individual. Indeed, it seems to me that, prima facie, he is more impressive than the PM; and he is certainly more forthcoming. While, by the same token – his military experience aside – he is also such a quintessential example of the Laurentian elite! I would love to hear his views on the role of government, more generally, and on the challenges that Canada faces, and not just his travails in the portfolio that he now holds. But I guess that would trespass on the territory of the PMO. On the other hand, it is a reminder of the depth of the talent in an otherwise tired government, headed by a less than stellar leader.
I enjoy all your stuff, but please allow me to respectfully point out a twosome of common errors embedded in your ersatz Serenity Prayer link: “THE courage” should be simply “courage”, and “THE wisdom” should likewise be simply “wisdom”. A small thing, but the specific correct wording has been printed and distributed globally for precisely 944 months (since June 1944) on the back of AA’s monthly Grapevine magazine. Unfortunately Hollywood always gets it wrong.
This was such a good conversation. Thanks for doing it Paul!
Thoroughly enjoy emailed columns and podcasts.