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Lust for scandal

Good Lord, it’s the most repugnant and shocking political scandal since Louis-Napoleon carried out his coup in 1851, and President Nixon made a vicarious visit to Watergate.

Yes, a few low-ranking Tories totally unknown to anybody around the prime minister may or may not have made some phone calls to potential Liberal voters giving them false directions for polling booths. And presumably those voters were so stupid, old or physically handicapped that they could not find the real place to vote, and just span around in sad confusion for hours on end.

Seriously, it defies belief. Not that it may have happened, but that the consensus media is pretending this is particularly important. Politics is a dirty business and nobody knows this better than politicians and journalists, yet these are the very two groups being most dishonest about the whole thing.

Let’s give some context and history here. A leading Liberal MP once said in the House of Commons that because of the rise of the Reform Party, there were Klan-like crosses burning all over Canada. It was an utter lie.

Stockwell Day, one of the kindest, cleanest and most pro-Jewish men you could meet, was accused of being a Holocaust denier and an anti-Semite. Tory candidates who dared to suggest that marriage was the union of one man and one woman were targeted by the media as being hateful of gays and wanting to make homosexuality illegal.

In this, some of the same journalists currently attacking the Conservatives over the so-called Robocalls scandal were taking their information directly from a radical group called EGALE, Equality for Gays and Lesbians Everywhere, and even telephoning them to find out which Tory to attack.

Conservative politicians have been called racists, Islamophobes, fascists, homophobes and anti-Semites. Their private lives have been invaded, their families have been abused, their motives questioned, and their characters trashed. Again, by some of the same politicians and journalists now so ostensibly upset and hurt by the possibility of a few silly phone calls.

It may also be that former substitute drama teacher Justin Trudeau was involved in the Vikileaks scandal to a degree that demands intense investigation. Now this is genuinely serious. A minister of the Crown, Vic Toews, was personally attacked, his and his family’s private life exposed, because of the nastiness and thuggery of a paid Liberal staffer, who has since been forced to resign.

Toews, in a series of Twitter posts this week, questioned what Trudeau did to stop the personal attack and suggested the Liberal MP “discovered Vikileaks quickly for an innocent bystander.”

While Bob Rae was sincere if pompous in his apology, little Justin has some explaining to do, perhaps at an official level. But this is nothing compared to the regular physical intimidation conservative politicians and activists have to face as they campaign. Labour union heavies, leftist fanatics and student radicals have all occupied offices, shouted down Tory opponents and prevented free speech. When has a Liberal or New Democrat faced such harassment?

So please, in the name of integrity and sheer common sense, the political class and the consensus media must stop this painfully dishonest campaign and the pretend pain and shock. It doesn’t convince anyone at all, and it lowers even further the status of Canadian politics and the reputation of those who are supposed to know better.

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