The Canadian election has been nothing but mistake after mistake for the Conservative party.
Why is it any party that is in power here in Canada seems to take it for granted? You never see these kind of mistakes in the U.S. election. In the States, they know they could never get away with any of this, that any type of gaffe would be hurtful in their bid for the presidency.
It’s been two weeks, but already the Conservative party has made four glaring gaffes in this election. And I’m not talking about small minor things.
So far, there’s been:
— The first gaffe came a day or two into the election. A Conservative web site showed a puffin pooping on Liberal leader Stephane Dion’s shoulder. Prime Minister Stephen Harper apologized.
— A few days later, Harper suspended communications director Ryan Sparrow. Sparrow sent a reporter an e-mail questioning the motives of Jim Davis, whose son, Paul, was killed while serving in Afghanistan in 2006. Davis didn’t agree with Harper’s decision to haul troops out of Afghanistan by 2011, and spoke out about it, so Sparrow sent the e-mail. Davis has come out and said the suspension was too harsh.
— On Aug. 30, before the election was called, the Minister of Agriculture, Gerry Ritz, said the listeriosis crisis was “death by a thousand cuts — or should I say cold cuts” on Aug. 30. So far, 17 people have dies from listeriosis. When told that one of the deaths was in Prince Edward Island, he said, “Please tell me it’s Wayne Easter,” referring to the Liberal agriculture critic. The news broke in the past week of this event.
— The latest one was done was by an assistant to Transport Minister Lawrence Cannon. Darlene Lannigan was meeting with aboriginal protesters about a meeting with Cannon. She said “If you behave and you’re sober and there’s no problems and if you don’t do a sit down and whatever, I don’t care.”
What does any of this do? Instead of talking about issues, such as the environment, health care or the war, all people remember is the stupidity of these people.
It’s unacceptable. I don’t know what’s sadder: that the party is making these mistakes, or it doesn’t look like they’ll be punished for it in the polls.