I’ve met Tom Flanagan a few times… once while having lunch with him and Harper in Harper’s Ottawa parliamentary office. Flanagan does not say dumb things. He is one of the most brilliant tactical political people in Canada and I challenge anyone to read his book Game Theory and have the audacity then to question his intelligence.
I read his books. I just wonder why he is now on TV, frequently critical of the gov’t, knowing full well that his former ties with Harper (and many others) will be gleefuly used by the other side (parties and msm) so gleefully.
Yeah, but you do know what was in the news that day. She’s responsible for knowing the hot button issues. It’s part of her job. I think she knew who TF was before going on, but that she could easily dismiss him as unimportant since most electors don’t know who he is.
I think it also explains the choice of her going up against Goodale and Mul
… and Mulcair. It was easy to pass her off as ignorant of TF’s importance, while a more important member of the Con Party would not have been able to seriously do so. I mean Shelly was barely able to seriously do so.
How was she to know what the question would be? I’m not defending her but if she doesn’t know who TF is, perhaps there is a good reason. He has been out of the loop for a while now and that is why the CBC uses him.
I think the TRUTH is rather refreshing. She didn’t know, big deal.
Shelly A. Glover (born January 2, 1967) is a Canadian politician, and is currently the Member of Parliament for the electoral district of Saint Boniface, Manitoba. She is a member of the Conservative Party and is the Parliamentary Secretary for Official Languages. She is the first policewoman MP in Canadian history. 
Glover served as a member of the Winnipeg Police Service for almost 19 years prior to her election. She has been involved in undercover work, child abuse investigations, youth crime and gang investigations, and general patrol. She was the first ever female and bilingual spokesperson appointed by her department. She has been involved with many community organizations such as Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, Pregnancy Distress, and Francophone Chamber of Commerce. She is also a keen sports advocate who has coached soccer for 14 years.
Glover is married, and has raised 5 children with her husband Bruce who is a retired police officer and small business owner.
Glover won the riding in the 2008 federal election, beating out incumbent Liberal Raymond Simard by over 4,500 votes. On November 7, 2008 Glover was named Parliamentary Secretary for Official Languages by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
She took St Boniface, a Liberal bastion. When the Liberals only had 2 seats west of Ontario, ST B was one of those seats.
I know who he is and I could give a damn about his two bit opinion about his anti conservative spiel. He’s just another “Made for TV” conservative who’s been slamming the Tories since forever and ever. Of course he wouldn’t be on CBC if he didn’t, would he. I wonder if these characters get paid for their appearances?
Hmm? That’s an interesting thought, isn’t it?
Why do you seem to imply that a CBC flunkie like “what’s his face” is the one who determines who is and isn’t a “Somebody Somebody” in the Conservative Party?
And by the way, Shelley Glover sounded completely credible in this interview.
Perhaps her indifference and lack of knowledge took the sting out of the TF interview. I choose to look for the silver linings and imagine what the viewing audience may have taken from her, “who’s that” retort.
I live in Alberta, am a Conservative and Tom Flannigan is pretty well an unknown except for being a talking head opinionista on political shows.
Most working people don’t bother watching those shows in Alberta as they are on at 3:00. Whatever “Conservative” or ‘Reform” or whatever credentials the media has annointed Tom with don’t cast even a faint ripple with anyone.
For sure he is not known or talked about or even relevant to the Provincial PC party – he is sort of from the Preston Manning days which is way, way last century.
Funny but I don’t hear Donolo referred to, every time he is mentioned, as former chief of communications in Chretein’s office. I don’t here PMSH referred to as a former aide to Deb Grey. Flannagan has his own ax to grind. If he is such an esteemed professor, why wasn’t he called to sign that letter.
Next cbc will bring on a former kindergarten teacher of PMSH.
I think the more important question re not knowing something or somebody would be the media as a whole, and McCallum, Goodale, and Volpe not knowing that regardless of prorogation, the HofC would not be sitting until Jan 25. And McCallum seems to have not known about all that info re torture ect that went on under his and Chretein’s watch.
Flannagan has never gotten over the fact he was never given a high profile job with PMSH. Wonder why that is. I guess PMSH knew his true colors years ago. It would also be helpful if cbc would give the dates when Flannagan was an aide to PMSH.
TF has said and continues to say what he actually thinks, and because he has at times been ctitical of the PM and the Conservative party he is now a traitor in the eyes of those that believe one should shut their eyes and ears and blindly follow someone as they lead them over the cliff.
It’s to bad there isn’t someone with the balls to whisper quitely in Harper’s ear that it’s ok to “delegate and disappear” otrherwise we could see Iffy dethrone him and none of us want’s that to happen.
Who cares if Shelly Glover knows who Tom Flanagan is?
The only reason I know who he is is because I waste my time watching the CBC and he is often quoted because he is with the TD (McKenna) Bank. So who really gives a damn?
Way to go Shelly. Oh, by the way – Shelly – what kind of car do you drive?
T.F. said a lot more in the two interviews (this one and the one he made the following day) than what has been reported. He said prorogation was to stop the committee BECAUSE the Liberals were making such a mash of it. He said that in no way should a war be run by backbench opposition members, etc., etc. However, his nuance is too much for the media, and they don’t include that in their reports. Too bad that sound bite of his sounded so categoric.
I don’t have a problem with Flannigan being on CBC,
or Gerry Nichols or any other discontented right winger.
Just reminds us why it was important for the CPC to move to the center right.
Flannigan and Nichols are yesterday’s men,
which is likely why a bright new Conservative MP doesn’t know who one of them is, or would even care.
Heh after some of the nonsense that TF has pulled I would probably deny knowing him too! I’m not so sure that pleading ignorance re TF is a bad thing considering the audience. By not knowing TF her electability just went up.