As I see it, the role of the media tomorrow is to report on the protests, it isn't an occasion to revert back to told you so. People got it wrong initially, let's move on with a clean slate, rather than a biased effort to downplay, based on said "first impression". Canadians aren't inclined to protest, we don't get our pitchforks and storm perimeters. As a matter of fact, I'm hard pressed to remember any serious protest, at least not one entirely driven by simple grassroots. Rather than belittle a "click of a mouse", much more insightful to recogize some level of resonance, a healthy fact in an of itself given rampant apathy.
I've been struck by a certain disconnect. Last year, when the coalition formed, we heard universal agreement of unrest in the land. There was no questioning of impacts, it was FACT, and I actually tended to agree. And yet, much of that "rebellion" was articulated in the simpliest ways- a phone call to a radio station, a Facebook page (which was used as indicative of WIDER anger) and yes rallies. Given that nobody questioned the real world angst in that instance, the hesitation here, despite as much evidence if not more, is perplexing. Again, it makes me wonder if personal bias plays a role.
Anyways, this should be required reading for all those ready to pounce tomorrow:
For those looking to somehow quantify whatever happens on Saturday…
According to a quick and entirely unscientific survey of already unscientific media estimates, anti-coalition rallies last December in Edmonton, Moncton, Ottawa, Victoria, Calgary, Toronto, London, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Windsor, Halifax, Regina, Fredericton and Saskatoon combined to draw about 9,600 protesters.
Pro-coalition rallies in Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa, London, Vancouver, Moncton, Halifax, Regina, St. John’s, Montreal, Toronto, Windsor and Saskatoon drew, according to media reports, about 9,300.
That seismic event, the palpable anger throughout the country, mustered less than 10 000 protesters across the country (less than .0003% of Canadians, for those who apparently love such math). I never disputed the passion then, nor dismissed the resolve of those opposed. I saw those protests as indicative of great unrest at large. All I ask tomorrow, please don't view with the JAUNDICED eye, that entirely misses the relative realities. Many Canadians will be expressing their displeasure, we will stand in the cold because we care passionately. Count heads, I have no qualms, but an impartial observer never forgets the context or past reference. I expect the exact same coverage as the events of last year, leave the preconceived slants at HOME. This isn't France, never has been.