CANADIAN POLITICS IS FOLLOWING WRONGFUL U.S. DIRECTION
My Canada has been a limited success however; perhaps the time has come to change the format. Maybe we should even consider discontinuing commentary that serves mostly to pacify our need to express an opinion. An opinion such as commenting on the greatest irritant most journalists and media professionals is currently coping with every day. That is without a doubt the most wrongful effect of social media. People, particularly politicians are now empowered to make erroneous or even false statements without any recourse. The greatest offender as most will acknowledge is America’s President Donald Trump. But the POTUS is not the only offender. We have a good share of similar political figures that are taking advantage of the situation for various reasons.
The most recent instance is the parliamentary opponents trashing of Liberal Finance Minister Bill Morneau. Pierre Poilievre is especially wrong in using both television and maybe social media reports to politicize the situation rather than offering facts proving the law has been breached. Like most politicians at every level using social media to spread innuendo and possible untruths is hypocritical since those same politicians are renowned for padding expense accounts and upgrading friends’ salaries by creating government jobs and a myriad of other self serving programs and projects at taxpayer expense. That’s not to say Morneau hasn’t been unethical practicing tried and true methods to protect his own wealth. It’s inevitably up to the Prime Minister his cabinet and at some point the electorate to decide if Morneau crossed too far over the ethics line. Much as Poilievre seems to wants to charge the Finance Minister perpetrated an illegal act, news reports continue to state Morneau’s actions did not contravene those boundaries. That seems to indicate the opposition charges are likely not factual and therefore the innuendos are probably untruths reflecting shades of Trump style politics. The situation appears to indicate opposition parties are stretching their own ethical credibility using unaccountable social media tweets and statements in an attempt to gain a political advantage over the current government. It’s a sad state of parliamentary affairs when character assassination and claims bordering on untruths or outright lies supersedes the reason we elect politicians. They are elected to offer alternative programs and taxpayer benefits instead of forging ahead with anything to advance unsavory party politics.
To go a little further regarding borderline untruth and unethical practices outside the political realm social media is ripe with unsubstantiated musing on social media sites. People can now trash a person’s character without much risk of a law suit being launched although if it does happen such misinformation distributed on twitter or any of the other “free speech” idioms could certainly be introduced as evidence. The time is likely coming when the first cases in this new use of non-factual information will result in some highly publicized lawsuit.
It seems that same social media use will eventually discourage some of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs from running for office and contributing to the economic well being of the country. After all most business people with a background forged in entrepreneurial success resulting in wealth are not in politics for the money. Influence and in some cases to develop even better projects to stimulate person wealth are often the reason for entering politics. Without those kinds of elected members the country’s economics would probably suffer. On the other hand parliamentary ministers are in an enviable position to support projects and programs for personal benefit. We must just hope in every case honesty always trumps greed.