01 April 2011

Words and meaning

In a debrief with the Morning Show’s Jeff Gilhooley Friday morning, CBC reporter Brian Callahan told the audience that yesterday Stephen Harper committed to a loan guarantee for the Lower Churchill project “at Muskrat Falls.”

Supposedly these were harper’s exact words.

In the clip Callahan used of harper actually speaking, Harper did not say “at Muskrat Falls.”

Those words aren’t in any of the Conservative media materials.

In fact, in his speech Harper did not say “will provide”.  Harper said that based on the three criteria he mentioned, a re-elected Harper government “would” provide a loan guarantee.

That could prove to be a not so subtle distinction.

Words are important.

Meaning is important.

So where did those words “at Muskrat Falls” actually come from?

- srbp -