I’m on my way to Toronto to see the new docs Monday. We can use the first class lounge as the husband flies so much he has one of those cards that does that.
I don’t drink in the morning. I don’t drink after chemo so the lounge in the morning means free yoghurt and granola plus a banana and the papers but I’m very okay with that.
And I get to hang with the business types talking a little too loudly on their cells, but damnit this morning I’m surrounded by them, in particular a woman and a guy wandering around the chair pods describing in minute detail some meeting last night. Can’t concentrate on the paper, might as well listen.
So I concentrate on the woman who’s describing a meeting. An HST meeting. No, she organized the meeting. She’s in fact surrounded by the team that organized the meeting. It’s the government’s team of consultants working on the HST.
The HST team is flying first class. This project is well funded by the people of BC. I pick out Sam Corea who used to work at Vanoc and ICBC. There’s four more I think.
Back to the meeting: “we got our folks out… there were a couple NDP.” The Senator gave him shit, went up one side…” Nancy Green Raine was in Kamploops to give VZ shit.
Listening for ten minutes I take away this impression: Behind the “You decide” branding is a different, highly political strategy. The real strategy is motivate our side, set up attacks on their side. Key attendees are recruited to serve that strategy and they guide the conversation not the neutral meeting faces.
The meeting organizers talk about “our” side and “their” side and most attendees appear to be heavily recruited from lists used like I would use an election list, focusing on their persuadables. Maybe I’m wrong but this group sure talked that way.
Hugs and kisses. One guy’s flying off to Toronto for a meeting. I pass him in First Class as I hustle back to coach. A nice well funded gig with the objective of moving the votes, that can be moved. The stick men aren’t telling us that.