CON-firmative Action – When rookie Party Leaders show their inner ugly – Editorial by Jamie Gilcig – September 13, 2011

CON-firmative Action – When rookie Party Leaders show their inner ugly – Editorial by Jamie Gilcig – September 13, 2011

Cornwall ON –  Tim Hudak was politically spanked this week, and it may in the end cost him the election; although I don’t think he really had much of a chance to win to start?

Hudak and his Tea Party Progressive Conservatives pounced like a hyena on a three legged sow with piglets at the McGuinty proposal to offer up to $10,000 tax credits to help expedite newcomers into the tax chain.

It was ugly.   It was brutal, base, and banal politics aimed right at the deepest and ugliest part of the core of certain types of voters.   Those that fear and dislike newcomers.   It’s not new.  It’s not original and that for me is the biggest sin as someone who’s a 4th generation Canadian.

It also backfired as the early poll strength, and something that helped Mr. Harper, was the immigrant belt near Toronto where Mr. Hudak’s Federal cousins pandered and chased the immigrant vote successfully.

It still to a minor degree is helping in Eastern Ontario which in some pockets is in a time zone, (we have three candidates in our riding whose names start with “Mc” if that gives you a clue about the make up of our area.)  but on October 6th I have a hunch that this body blow may be the one that leads to the knock out punch.

The politics of hate never have legs.  They never are there as the bell rings for the last round.   Yes, sometimes they get you an early knock out, but in this case other than a few missed jabs Mr. Hudak is standing in the ring with his team fuddling and looking to him for leadership…something Frat Boy Tim, a Boston Bruin’s fan in Maple Leaf country, sorely can’t provide.

As Canada prepares to take the brunt of the financial clouds wafting over from Europe and the US of A it is leadership after all that we’re voting on.  It reminds me a bit of John Diefenbaker…another leader that people grumbled about, but kept voting in because at the end of the day; when you face adversity; leadership is what gets you through those darkest hours.

Jamie Gilcig – Editor – The Cornwall Free News

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