Doer (our Ambassador to the USA)
said he's been struck by the vast differences between Canadian and American political conventions as he's taken in the events in Tampa and Charlotte.
"The corporate, special interest lobbying that goes on at both conventions is quite overwhelming,"
"There is very little debate on the convention floor; you don't get debates about Afghanistan on the convention floor, or debates about trade versus protectionism on the convention floor, like you would see at a political convention in Canada."
Instead, each U.S. convention had a slickly produced, carefully controlled narrative as U.S. President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, his Republican rival for the White House, run neck-and-neck in public opinion polls.
"You have a disciplined message but democracy, as muddy as that can sometimes be -- you don't see it in as transparent a way as you see it in Canada."