REG WHITAKERWell said.
March 3, 2009
Victoria -- Patricia Robertson has great fun sneering at Michael Ignatieff's efforts to woo Western prairie voters (Ignatieff Comes A-Courtin' - March 2). Give it up, she advises the federal Liberal Leader; we prairie folk already belong to Stephen Harper. "He's one of us." Mr. Harper is writing a book on hockey, while Mr. Ignatieff pens "brainy non-fiction tomes" and vacations in France. What more do we need to know?
In her inverted populist snobbery, Ms. Robertson inadvertently highlights a worrying contemporary deformation of democracy. In the recent U.S. election, the Republican vice-presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, despite her manifest lack of qualifications for the second-highest office in the land, was supported by some voters who kept telling reporters that she was "just like us." Luckily, they were a minority.
Ms. Robertson offers not a single rational argument based on policy for choosing Mr. Harper over Mr. Ignatieff. Mr. Ignatieff and his Liberals may or may not be a better choice, but populist stupidity offers no guide to conscientious voters.
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Letters to the editor this morning
Appropriate reaction to the silly rural Canadian piece in the Globe yesterday: