So there’s Jerome! trying to spin the Ottawa speech to Randy Simms over at Open Line. Big crowd. Sceptical at first but then slowly realising the truth until a giant standing ovation at the end.
Actually, the audience was small, according to reports from some in the room. Tables packed but a small number of tables spread out in a relatively small room at a hotel where the Canadian Club of Ottawa has been known to jam the place to the rafters for speeches by other premiers from the Far East.
The audience include a bunch of federal politicians from Newfoundland and Labrador, the majority of whom have a track record of jumping when the Old Man barks. They had to show up.
But no giant groundswells of editorial opinion one way or t’other. The media coverage generally was pretty light: Reuters Africa. roflmao.
What did get coverage?
A fake lake and some ludicrous claim by a couple of people about a political merger conversation that never was.
Face it: if four inches of water and David Dingwall’s former political staffer make a bigger news hit than a speech by a provincial Premier claiming all sorts of hideous things about another provincial government, you have the definition of a complete public relations disaster.
That’s why Jerome! was torquing so desperately.