Well, as you probably know by now, the Canadian Press has named the accused killer Luka Magnotti as their newsmaker of 2012. It’s a move that’s actually managed to unite all sides of the nation’s political spectrum in near-unanimous condemnation.
Do I think we can do better? Absolutely, which is the reason for this Challenge. There was one main criterion I followed in naming people:
No senior politician is eligible for this, because being a newsmaker comes with the job.
- No Stephen Harper, Tom Mulcair or Bob Rae
- No cabinet ministers
- No provincial premiers
Yes, I know the arguments for putting them on, if only to vent about their accomplishments and misdeeds. But we’ll stick to people who managed to make the headlines for reasons other than making noises in the chambers of their respective legislatures.
The main reason why Justin’s on the list is because, as of right now, he’s only an MP with a minor critic portfolio, who just happened to make a big splash. Brian Storseth’s there because his was the bill that became law, abolishing Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act. Adam Carroll’s the guy who tried to make Vic Toews’ private life public. Margaret Wente made the headlines for a little issue involving lack of attribution.
I’m sure you can think of others, and I welcome suggestions in the Comments. Just remember the “no senior politicians” rule as outlined above.