See update below.
Original column starts here: I agree with L. Ian MacDonald’s Montreal Gazette column, not because I am a Conservative Government supporter (which I am), but because I too believe that there is more than enough evidence that the Conservative Party of Canada won a majority government on May 2nd,2011 fair and square. As MacDonald explains, the winning numbers are there.
Yet, apart from print journalists like MacDonald, Chantel Hebert, Ezra Levant and a few others at QMI and SunNews, who will write and present both pro and con sides to a story, there are few others in the mainstream media who are not part of the group-think “we-hate-Conservatives” consensus.
Truly, that attitude is irrational. I mean, the only thing the PM has done to the media is way back in 2006, he asked them to get a list of names approved before a press conference — exactly what President Obama has always done.
To get a glimse of that so-called prickly relationship between Canada’s parliamentary media and the PM and his staff, read this Yahoo piece. I had to laugh at CTV’s Craig Oliver suggesting, during an interview with the CBC’s “The Current,” that the PMs communications staff try to massage the message in their articles. Yeah, right!
In fact, most of the media following the PM during the 2011 election campaign were openly hostile — something that was very obvious to a lot of people I spoke to during the campaign, no matter who they ended up voting for. I won’t mention any names of who those hostile reporters were and still are, but most regular readers of this blog will know exactly who I am talking about.
Yet, for some strange reason, even ten months after the election, many in the group-think media and the federal opposition parties are still fighting the 2011 election campaign. They are, in effect, “stuck.” Which, unfortunately, only adds to the nasty and dehumanizing attacks — by those who, oddly, blame the Conservatives for the very kind of toxic behaviour they are actually doing themselves.
By all means, the opposition needs to hold the Conservatives to account. That is their job. But, at the moment, they are making fools of themselves, grabbing at straws, particularly the Liberals, by trying desperately to uncover a Conservative scandal that will rid them of the Sponsorship stench. Well, the use of call centres and “robocalls” (which all parties and Elections Canada use), is definitely not the scandal that is going to do that, particularly when we find out it was a Liberal staffer who was behind the Vikileaks30 Twitter anti-Vic Toews nastiness.
Think about it. The name the opposition is giving this brouhaha is — “Election Fraud” — an exaggerated term if there ever was one — meant to question the legitimacy of the Conservative majority. Suggesting to me, that the ultimate intention of this anti-Conservative campaign is another attempt by the NDP and Liberals to take down a duly elected government.
Would Elections Canada condone such an attempt? I certainly hope not. But, remember, the Liberals, NDP and Bloc have already done it once, only two months after the October 2008 election. I mean, we have the photo of the handshake for all to remember.
Thankfully, we have a level-headed Governor General who will be aware, that just as Jason Lietaer covers here (published in Macleans H/T SDA), even if there were some mistakes regarding call centres or robocalls, those mistakes don’t mean the Conservatives didn’t win the election fair and square.
Update Wednesday, February 29, 2011:
Here is a link to Brian Lilley’s blog (H/T frmgrl). It contains the 190 page memo that the Ottawa Citizen got in their ATIF request from Elections Canada regarding voter suppression issues. There is no smoking gun and the entire matter appears to be, once again, an over-reaction and wishful thinking.
Although I did not watch the CBC National last night, one of my commenters said after all the accusations on the news program, Peter Mansbridge apparently asked Terry Milewski if they had anything on the Conservatives and he answered: “Nothing at all.”
So, now my readers will understand why I didn’t condemn the government without concrete evidence. From the start it has been heresay, conjecture and innuendo. And, the worst thing is a young man working for a Conservative MP had to resign his position because he was harrassed to such an extent by the media that it interrupted the work of his MP’s constituency office. I sincerely hope he sues all those who defamed his reputation. BC Blue has that sorry story here.