Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Great moments in Dean Del Mastro

As we behold the great offense taken today by Mr. Del Mastro on the subject matter of his girth, let us recall a classic moment in which Mr. Del Mastro did not hesitate to challenge a fellow MP on totally baseless grounds. This moment occurred in the summer on CTV's Power Play in a panel discussion wherein Mr. Del Mastro proceeded to suggest that Liberal MP Martha Hall Findlay was guilty of being "soft" on anti-Semitism:
During a brief discussion on the exclusion of British MP George Galloway from Canada, Mr. Del Mastro accused Liberal MP Martha Hall Findlay of being soft on anti-semitism. Yes, that's right. He cited the large Jewish community in Findlay's riding and prodded that she should be standing up against anti-semitism by supporting the prohibition on Galloway. Which undermined the message that had just previously been delivered on the show by Minister Kenney. Kenney was careful to say that the Border Agency had denied Galloway's admission and that it was a security judgment, it was not about free speech said Kenney. Yet there was Del Mastro taunting Findlay as being soft on anti-semitism. [...]

Is this really the kind of politics we need to be seeing from the governing party? They're seriously going to be charging Liberals with anti-semitism? Because that's off the charts, reprehensible, unwarranted, vile, a bridge too far rhetoric. Mr. Del Mastro should apologize to Ms. Findlay if he has any decency. Martha Hall Findlay is an MP whose integrity and judgment is impeccable. To be exposed to such an outlandish accusation on national television is an outrage.
We'll leave it to the readers to weigh the significance of an unfounded charge of being soft on anti-Semitism against a charge of being overweight on the scale of appropriate political discourse over which to feel outraged. (We're so meta-inside-the-Queensway-at this point, one's head could spin.)

But Mr. Del Mastro seems to feel no restraint in levelling charges against others, which is why some of us feel little sympathy for him today.