Geez we get an awful lot of emails and comments about us not liking Stephen Harper, Guy Lauzon, or the Conservative Party of Canada. We get called a “Liberal Rag”, a “NDP Voice” , and a reusable “Green Party of Canada” cloth.
The fact is that the “Free” in The Cornwall Free News is that we actually allow almost all voices a platform; even ones we don’t agree with.
In the last Federal election the majority of Canadians did not vote for the Conservative Party of Canada or Stephen Harper. Many of the actions taken by this Prime Minister have not been supported by the majority of Canadians and at times even Parliament as he’s had to run to the Governor General twice now for time outs.
Locally we have reached out numerous times to our MP and the local Conservative party, but are not only blocked out, but my Journalism intern, a Cornwall homey, who graduated from St. Lawrence College and is trying to find a way to find a way to practice his craft; at home; here in Cornwall; has been refused by our MP Guy Lauzon to answer questions. Such as the response he was seeking after the cabinet shuffle.
Now I personally write more commentary and opinion than journalism. I am truly not a journalist and have never pretended to be one. I may write journalistic pieces, but that’s because we’re a tiny community newspaper and sometimes I have to. As we evolve we will hopefully be able to afford more reporters and journalists to cover more local topics of importance. I can understand our MP bristling at the thought of being interviewed by me.
But to stop a young person trying to find a way to stay a part of this community? Shame on you Mr. Lauzon.
At the National and Provincial level we also have been frozen out by the Conservative machines.
So my question to my local friends and our amazing readers from Ottawa and all over Canada is if one group refuses to talk to us no matter how nice and respectful we are is it fair to tar us with the brush of favortism?
As I’ve shared many times. If you get on a soapbox you can’t complain if someone eggs you. But to be so totally afraid to get on that soapbox is pretty cowardly.
Our door here at The Cornwall Free News is WIDE OPEN. We carry news and items for most political parties; especially when it’s submitted to us. We also cover area organizations, charities, events, sports, entertainment and many other areas and topics. It’s what we do and we love what we do.
I hope that helps clarify our position a bit, and I hope that certain politicians grow a set and realize that all of the citizens of their riding or area pay their salaries and that answering questions from the media; even if you don’t like them is part of their job.
Jamie Gilcig – Editor – The Cornwall Free News