CHEAP SEATS: Leadership hopefuls should disassociate from racist blogger
Three years ago, Ottawa flew the Rainbow Flag over city hall in solidarity with the GLBT community in Russia who were being persecuted prior to the Sochi Olympics.
When a voter tweeted that he would never vote for Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson again if the flag wasn’t removed, Watson gave the perfect response: “If you have that point of view,” he tweeted back, “I really don’t want your vote.”
That story came to mind Thursday reading about Conservative leadership hopefuls who gave interviews to a racist, Islamaphobic blogger who represents the worst that “citizen journalism” has to offer.
From the report it appears most, if not all, the candidates either had no real chance to avoid the interview or at least were not aware of who Kevin J. Johnston was when they talked to him.
That being said, although several disassociated themselves with some of Johnston’s views, none appear to have particularly distanced themselves from him either.
And they should – loudly and clearly – not only condemn what Johnston is writing but disassociate themselves from him and anyone who agrees with it.
Because while Kevin Johnston has the right to write what he likes, no one has to agree with it.
And no politician who might be considered worthy of being the next leader of this country should be so desperate for votes they would not be willing to speak out against it.
I’m Bill Glisky and that’s the way I see things From the Cheap Seats
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