Register Sunday | June 16 | 2019

Liberal Nightmare

The websites of the major national parties

I spent a few minutes yesterday giving the websites of the major national parties a once over. I’ve never done this before, and up till now I've relied on Peter Mansbridge, or I’ll admit, Lloyd Robertson to bring me the scoop. But wow, have I ever been blissfully ignorant! I was particularly disappointed by www.liberal.ca, flaunting a flashy bar across the top wasted on a pretty bad animation of flying maple leaves and a truly grim image of the PM (whose initials are also PM, funnily enough). Why does he always frown like that? I clicked on the Young Liberals of Canada box, which, I am told, is “Coming Soon / A Venez bientôt” . I don’t even think that is the proper translation, but I can’t be sure. Then, I went to the feedback page, and spent a good ten minutes composing a short paragraph about how I never hear anything about support for the arts from politicians during the run-up to the election, but alas, clicking the “Submit” button brings me to a page that says that the server is no good. This is a pretty shitty way to present yourself to the internet savvy, which by the way, and excluding my mother and obviously the liberal party, is pretty much everyone.