Cornwall ON – I just received a phone call from Tim Hudak’s media guy; Jason Lietaer phoned me up. What is it with Conservatives and threatening me with legal action? Mr. Hudak is visiting Cornwall this afternoon, and is the only leader to demand accreditation for events. So I called and not only asked for accreditation, but a one on one.
Jason was upset over my opinion pieces about the $10K tax credit. He suggested I’d broken the law by using imagery that connotated Mr. Hudak and his local candidate’s position with racism. We still though; at least until Mr. Harper’s new crime bill passes; live in a free country where journalists are allegedly free.
I was shocked at his allegations and frankly think this was just an excuse. I guess we’ve been hitting some nerves with our Mr. McFuddle references to the local PC candidate, Mayor Jim McDonell of South Glengarry.
Mayor McFuddle story: 300% Water Tax increase and Quebec CAO while crying foul about the $10K Tax Credit.
But deep at the roots of this is fear and Democracy. A man, Tim Hudak, who wants to be premier of Ontario is banning a lone independent journalist who has been fair and open. Have I written some tough opinion pieces on him? Sure, so has WarrenKinsella and countless other journalists. Are they going to be banned too? Here in this part of Eastern Ontario the media are very much biased towards a Conservative slant.
Does the public get serviced when the message is controlled? When does it go from news to Propaganda? For anyone to bar a journalist from covering a simple event for this sort of rhetoric is a very frightening attack against Democracy and Freedom of the Press. It’s a dark stain on a very proud province and country.
As someone without a criminal record; who’s never caused an incident at any public event, and has even treated Mr. Hudak and his team fairly (including publishing his 911 message this past week) this goes beyond the realm of partisan politics. It goes to the root of what makes us free and Canadian.
Jason Lietaer, Tim Hudak, and people like him have to learn and understand that the media is not here just to shout out propaganda slogans. This isn’t Nazi Germany. And just because someone says something you don’t like is not grounds from keeping them from protecting society by reporting actual events as they happen.
Jason in action with other media:
From forcing me to stop shooting video to now banning me from covering their events this is not how good governments are created and maybe, just maybe, that’s why Mr. Hudak’s numbers in the polls are sprialing into the nether regions faster than you can say…..Tim Hudak.
Editor – The Cornwall Free News