Michael Den Tandt of the Ottawa Citizen hits hard on MPs and the use of their language comparing them to teenage boys badmouthing each other across the Y parking lot on a Saturday night.
These men - for the offenders are all men, coincidentally - should understand that their pay, privileges and positions confer on them a responsibility to behave like leaders, and not like a gaggle of teenage boys in baggy pants, badmouthing each other across a YMCA parking lot on a Saturday night.Yes all parties are guilty. Tony Clement last month who on Twitter called a 15 yr.old critic a "jackass." At least he apologized later.
For that matter, what would the Tory paragon John Diefenbaker, whose virtues are extolled almost daily by members of the government, have thought of Tony Clement's describing a 15-year-old critic, again via Twitter, as a "jackass," as the president of the Treasury Board did last month? Clement later apologizedJustin Trudeau a chip off the old block, whose dad is famous for the "fuddle duddle" remark in Parliament, December had his own "fuddle duddle" moment when he called Environment Minister Peter Kent a "a piece of sh**t"
And what would Pierre Elliott Trudeau have made of the day in the House in mid-December, when his son bellowed to Environment Minister Peter Kent that he was a "piece of sh-"? Pierre Elliott Trudeau had his fuddleduddle moment in 1971, of course. But Trudeau the elder also believed that a political leader should try to criticize his opponent's ideas, while avoiding personally targeting the man. Whatever happened to that notion, which now seems quaint?