Sunday, August 28, 2005

Responses II Questionnaire II

We've been getting to know our readership better with our little questionnaire. The mighty GotCH was kind enough to respond, too.

Here are two of the best of some recent emailed answers from the far-flung outlands of Canada. This first one is from Dwight Arnold of Newfoundland:

1. What do you think about the embodiment of Party ideas into our life?

I am a hereditary fisherman, all my ancestors were in fishing for a living. Quite recently -- some 30 years ago -- the life of a Newfoundland fisherman was quite different from what it is now. When the sea was rough, we kids were frantic with worry for our father who was out fishing -- the boats used by them were frail and full of holes. The only owner of a motor boat in our village was considered lucky.

And not we feel quite at ease even when the wind is at force eight -- and this is not only due to technological progress. Our coop purchased a trawler. Having joined together as Canadians, Newfoundland fishermen began to earn good money and moved to multi-story urban-type houses. On their ships they sail not only the Bay of Fundy, but also the Atlantic. This is what Party ideas on cooperation mean in reality.
2. What features of Paul Martin's personality and his style of work appeal to you most?
Judging by numerous Canadian Press reports, Paul Martin can promptly find his bearing in a complex situation, take the solely correct decision and influence his comrades-in-arms by his iron logic. These features of Paul Martin have always appealed to me. I value such intellectual qualities very highly and I would like to cultivate them in myself.
3. How often do you read the "Globe and Mail" news-paper, watch or listen to CBC News broadcasts, and/or consume other Party-oriented news media, and on what occasions?
I have only a general eight-year education and find it rather difficult to read the Globe and Mail yet. Although the style is clear-cut and lucid, the philosophical and economic notions they use are hard for me to grasp. I continue to watch CTV in the evenings and attend a circle of political self-education, in which I give the Toronto Star systematic study.
Continuing to focus on the obscure backwater areas of Canada, we received the following from Gerard Bousum of Quebec.

1. What do you think about the embodiment of Party ideas into our life?
As a writer I value particularly Party ideas on national culture. Quebec has been known for centuries as the home of gifted craftsmen, poets and singers. But that was only one ray of light. A genuine cultural revolution came after social revolution. The Quebecois now have national theatres of drama, opera and ballet, a philharmonic society, music, concert halls, and art schools. The inhabitants of the remotest parts of Quebec visit Houses of Culture, libraries, clubs, and cinemas. Mass culture breeds prominent cultural figures.
2. What features of Paul Martin's personality and his style of work appeal to you most?
What I admire in Paul Martin in the first place is his all-embracing intellect, analytical mind, and titanic capacity for work. If he had not been a statesman, he could have been an outstanding lawyer, economist, historian, or writer.
3. How often do you read the "Globe and Mail" news-paper, watch or listen to CBC News broadcasts, and/or consume other Party-oriented news media, and on what occasions?
I enjoy CBC productions very often -- mostly those featuring literary criticism.
It takes a while to sift through all the responses, but hopefully we'll be able to share more of our readers' Canadian values with you later in the week.

2 comments:

David MacLean said...

Um, did I miss something? The Prime Minister's "iron logic"? This is all a joke right? Splain.

Lisa said...

The London Fog could not afford to ignore the generosity of Mr. Martin.