I have to admit it’s sweet to see the media party start going after Thomas Mulcair. And about time!!
This guy sees himself as Prime-Minister-in-Waiting, but even the consensus media is beginning to have doubts about Mulcair’s competence.
Glen McGregor has proffered what would seem to be a rather tawdry expose of Mulcair’s personal financial matters, but then he makes the argument that this could be seen as a legitimate concern given Mulcair’s political status and ambitions – NDP leader has remortgaged his home 11 times since early 1980s:
While there could be a simple explanation for the transactions, none is forthcoming from Mulcair’s office.
“Mr. Mulcair and his wife made these decisions for personal and family reasons,” said George Soule, Mulcair’s press secretary, in an email.
“They are part of their private life.”
If past opposition leaders are any example, Mulcair is likely to become the target of Conservative Party attack ads before the next election. As a New Democrat, his credibility as financial manager will likely figure into the critique.
So my question for readers is do you think this is a legitimate area of attack – i.e. the article itself and then any subsequent truth-ads from other parties?
Personally I am enjoying the notion of the media waking up to the fact that Thomas Mulcair is only one election away from possibly being the next Prime Minister of Canada and therefore must be subjected to the same level of scrutiny as any serious challenger.
Think of how CTV struggled with the now infamous Do-Over requests of Stephane Dion.
When the entire country depends on the media to uncover truth about serious election choices, there is an inherent responsibility to be honest and forthcoming with relevant information so the electorate can make an informed decision.
Of course we on the right often bemoan the usual media filter that seems to routinely minimize the transgressions of opposition, while amplifying or even inventing pseudo-scandals and Wafer-chases regarding the Conservative party.
But is it possible that some in MSM actually have a conscience and see it as their duty to inform us in a non-partisan manner when the economic welfare of the country could be at risk?
It is a comforting thought.
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O.K. After careful consideration and discussion with readers in Comments, I have revised my opinion:
— Joanne BlueLikeYou (@JoanneBLY) May 27, 2012
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Related (Here is the real bread & butter stuff.)
Facts a cure for Mulcair’s disease – Monte Solberg
David Frum: ‘Dutch disease’? We should be so lucky – NP