Thursday, September 9, 2010

In this episode of Stupid Things People Say....

Ron McKinnon, President of the Port Moody--Westwood--Port Coquitlam Federal Liberal Association, and 2008's third-place candidate in the same riding, has come out with this little gem for the Conservatives to smear all over the Liberal Party:

In a blog post titled "An Evasion of Duty," Ron McKinnon, president of the Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam Federal Liberal Association, writes that the Conservatives plan to work more closely with Sri Lanka and other foreign governments to stop boats such as the MK Sun Sea at the source.

"This brave new policy is sordidly familiar, akin to collaborating with the Nazis to stop the flight of Jews," McKinnon wrote.

"So they propose to stop on the high seas vessels carrying such persecuted souls, and turn them back well before they get to Canadian waters. If we build the wall high enough, and make it impossible for refugees to actually get here, we can bask in our warm pious glow and never have to actually face them. (full blog post here)

I'm sure Mr. McKinnon has his reasonings, and to be fair, his comment is borne out of a serious qualm with the way the Conservative government has handled the issue of Tamil migrants, one that is justified and pressing.

However, to compare the government's policy to that of Nazi collaborators and the regime of 1933-1945, is indeed crossing the line in more ways than one. As much as Harper acts like a dictator, his actions are nowhere near the same context than what happened during that earlier period. Not to mention the fact that it's extremely cruel to compare the situations. Whatever the similarities and whatever your need to draw attention to the situation, it's uncalled for, not only for those that suffered, but the general public will simply not react the way you expect them to.

Will or should Ron McKinnon face punishment? I'm not entirely sure - he's been chosen by his riding association as President and he represents them. It is their choice what to do with him, and not the central party's, though certainly a strongly worded letter from the OLO may help right the ship. It remains to be seen what will happen with McKinnon, though I'll certainly follow along.

4 comments:

  1. Not so stupid. http://ronmckinnon.ca/discourse/2010/09/outrageous-claims/

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  2. Yeah, McKinnon definitely tried a good spin there, but I don't buy it. He still crossed a very clear and defined line, and he knows it.

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  3. Godwin's law aside, it just shows how deep the Liberals are in bed with the Tamil Tigers or any other minority group that can be exploited for votes. This is exactly what Robert Fowler was talking about, or did you all forget that by now?

    Tamils are a minority but Canada can't continue to be the staging ground for their never ending war of independance. That goes for the Sikhs also.

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  4. ridenrain,

    I almost forgot about Godwin's Law, thanks for reminding me.

    However, I wouldn't peg the Liberals or McKinnon as "in bed with the Tamil Tigers." Liberals just have the habit of cringing when they see unjustified wrongs occur.

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