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