Sunday, March 04, 2012

The Worst Scandal in Canadian History

Scandal (Def'n): 1. A disgraceful or discreditable action, circumstance, etc.
                          2. An offense caused by a fault or misdeed.
                          3. Damage to reputation; public disgrace.
We're in the worst scandal in Canadian history.

Stephen Harper was first elected in 2006 because Canadians were outraged over the sponsorship scandal. The Conservatives were not chosen because they were the best, but because the Liberals were the worst.

Today opposition parties are focusing on the Robocall scandal, because they know what the Conservatives knew years ago, and current press coverage attests to; scandals galvanize voters like policies and platforms never could.

No new ideas are needed now, they no longer overturn governments. Parties cannot be faulted for pursuing scandals with a monomaniac drive, for they have been so conditioned by the voter.

This focus on negativity, on scandals, though necessary for accountability is one-sided and dangerous. No country can move forward if governments are only rejected because of the worst scandal and not elected because of the best policies.

Canada's poor productivity, entirely absent environmental regulation and an ever-growing debt are just a few examples of a country that more prefers to vote for punishment than policies.

More Canadians are interested in politics when there is scandal than when there is substance, and that is worse than any fraudulent robocall.

That is the worst scandal in Canadian history and it doesn't look to be ending anytime soon.


CK said...

Oh, if it'll make you feel any better, Canadians, as it turns out, aren't really caring about Robocall as much, according to Nanos' latest poll. They still think that Harper is just peachy keen, jelly bean!

They only care about the economy and jobs. Even though Harper turned our surplus the Liberals left us into the biggest deficit and more jobs were lost than created under Harper, He is just the cat's meow, according to Nanos' poll.

2nd on their minds is health care. Who'd a thunk it? Apparently Harper's stearing us toward the predatorial American health care system is just what the doctor ordered.

Like I said, don't worry, robocall doesn't seem to matter. Worst of all, most Canadians, according to Nanos' poll, seem to be A-ok with warrantless online spying. said...

I think those polls are a bit early, in a few crowds of apathetic and non-partisan friends this robocall scandal is being referenced with growing frequency.

Not to mention the fact that we have more reporters knowing more about the details of robocall call centres than we ever had looking into the details of any policy or idea.

I think it's a good thing that people care about scandals, it's necessary for accountability, but they need to care about policies too, something of which I don't think is true.