Hi everyone. We’ll be starting our chat, as promised, at the top of the hour. Until then, please feel free to submit comments or questions for our political panel today.
by Ruth Dunley 10/15/2013 4:49:53 PM
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by Ruth Dunley 10/15/2013 4:50:03 PM
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by Ruth Dunley 10/15/2013 4:50:21 PM
We'll just wait for our panel to arrive and we'll get started!
by Ruth Dunley 10/15/2013 4:50:32 PM
If you've just joined us, we'll be starting our live chat about the Throne Speech in about five mins...
by Ruth Dunley 10/15/2013 4:55:57 PM
Hi all and welcome.
by mdentandt 10/15/2013 4:59:05 PM
And just waiting for our panel to sign in and we'll get started in about one more minute.
by Ruth Dunley 10/15/2013 4:59:10 PM
Hi Michael...thanks for chatting with us today.
by Ruth Dunley 10/15/2013 4:59:29 PM
Hi there. I'm here -- reading and willing to chat about the throne speech.
by Mark Kennedy 10/15/2013 4:59:38 PM
by Ruth Dunley 10/15/2013 4:59:46 PM
Hello... Is this thing on? Check, one, two. Check, one two...
by acoyne 10/15/2013 5:00:14 PM
You're in, Andrew. Welcome!
by Ruth Dunley 10/15/2013 5:00:38 PM
OK, I think we’re ready to begin. I’m Ruth Dunley with Postmedia Digital and I’m chatting today with a great panel of political experts about what we can expect in tomorrow’s Speech from the Throne: Mark Kennedy, parliamentary bureau chief for Postmedia News; Michael Den Tandt, national columnist for Postmedia News; and Andrew Coyne, columnist for PostmediaNews/National Post. Welcome again, everyone.
by Ruth Dunley 10/15/2013 5:00:51 PM
Great to be here.
by Mark Kennedy 10/15/2013 5:01:12 PM
Hi, happy to be here.
by mdentandt 10/15/2013 5:01:19 PM
Hello out there, hockey fans, and all the ships at sea..
by acoyne 10/15/2013 5:01:21 PM
All right, panel, tomorrow’s the big day. One of the hot topics over the weekend was the leaked information that the government wants to impose a “pick and pay” system on TV providers. Industry Minister James Moore has said outright that “we don’t think people should be forced to buy bundled television channels.” Were you surprised by this at all, or was it inevitable based on the prior warnings of the CRTC that this was the kind of model that we should be moving towards?
by Ruth Dunley 10/15/2013 5:01:36 PM
And readers...tell us what you think about the "pick and play" system. Are you happy about it?
by Ruth Dunley 10/15/2013 5:02:01 PM
The one thing that is surprising about this is the tactic. Over the years, Stephen Harper has not been keen about leaking in advance. They call it pre-positioning. They're doing it for this one because they want to make sure everyone knows the Tories are now a consumer's best friend.
by Mark Kennedy 10/15/2013 5:03:00 PM
As a consumer, I'm of two minds. It's something I'd prefer -- indeed, it's long overdue. So long, that it arrives just as channels themselves are becoming obsolete. But I'd prefer it came from keen competition, rather than by regulatory edict (see "long overdue").
by acoyne 10/15/2013 5:03:17 PM