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BOB WAKEHAM: 30 minutes of fame on election night

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19.10.2019

For about a half an hour Monday night, Newfoundland will the centre of the Canadian media universe, our unique time zone responsible for what will be the undivided attention of the diversity-sensitive crew of national anchors at the CBC, and assorted “presenters” on the other networks.

It’s been the same scenario on every federal election night for decades on the boob tube. The polls close first on the island, and the national pundits get some rehearsal time yakking about our measly seven seats (usually throwing in a slice of “Newfie” corn to kill time during that half-hour), before moving onto the bigger stage in the Maritimes, and, of course, the crucial voting grounds in Quebec and Ontario, and so forth and so on.

Although Monday night there could be, I suppose, a minor gab about that empty suggestion by the Liberals that they could help build a fixed link between the island and Labrador, one of those campaign promises which was nothing more than that: a specious and typical campaign promise that any sensible voter would (or should) realize will go absolutely nowhere once the election is over.

Or the various talking heads could take their limited time on Newfoundland matters to speculate which party might be willing to convince Canadian voters of the need to rescue this province from the economic abyss into which a number of financial wizards believe we’re on the verge of plunging, an embarrassing repercussion of the Muskrat Falls horror show. (I’d hate to be the politician trying to........

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