Friday, December 02, 2005

Down with handpicked candidates!

The CBC is reporting on The National tonight that Allan Cutler, star conservative candidate for Ottawa South and the sponsorship whistleblower, was handpicked for the riding, and Alan Ridell - who ran in the riding in 2004 - was disqualified from running this time around to ensure that the star got to run instead.

A head of the Conservative riding association there has called Stephen Harper a "hypocrite" for denouncing handpicked candidates by the Liberals, but engaging in the practice himself.

He's right, of course - isn't that the very definition of hypocrisy?

Of course, I'm against the handpicking of candidates as well, and while I think that we definitely do need more people like Michael Ignatieff - by merit of his academic excellence - and Allan Cutler - by merit of his outstanding ethics - in Ottawa, they should have to contest the nomination just like everybody else, under fair rules which prohibit hostile takeovers and other abuses of the process in riding associations.

I thought Stephen Harper and I were in agreement about this particular issue - I guess we're not.


At 12/02/2005 10:56 p.m., Blogger Candace said...

You don't provide any links... where did this come from?

At 12/02/2005 10:58 p.m., Blogger OttawaCon said...

Care to provide a name for 'a head of the riding association'?

If you do, you should probably provide an address for service as well - you will have earned a libel suit. As long as you keep it vague, you should be OK with the falsehood.

At 12/02/2005 11:19 p.m., Blogger HisHighness said...

Here smartasses, why don't you try watching the national before you make accusations.

God BG man, you need to turn Comment moderation on Bud, made my blogging life sooooooooooo much easier.

At 12/03/2005 12:00 a.m., Blogger OttawaCon said...

Yes, well, hishighness, that is why BlueGrit's blog is worth reading from time to time, and yours isn't. He at least has the courage to allow discourse. He overstated a claim that was made by the CBC, and has clarified in a subsequent post, while still taking an opposing view point. I still think he is making an erroneous claim, but so does the CBC.

What is the life expectancy of an opposing viewpoint on your website? Ah, right, you moderate now, they never even show up.


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