I bet you thought politics was boring…

Latest slew of scandals – though entertaining to most politicos – probably contributing to more pessimism 

Whether you’ve been following the Vikileaks affair, the unfolding robocalls scandal, or just trying to avoid these things altogether, onlookers will certainly reach the conclusion that the Canadian political scene has become far more interesting in recent weeks – though, these ongoing developments will probably contribute to growing pessimism.

The robocalls scandal is in its relative infancy, though it has the potential to drag federal political parties into long, drawn-out squabbling.

This all comes hot on the heals of allegations of fraudulent robocalls misdirected voters in Guelph, Ont. during the last federal election – the calls coming from a Virgin Mobile disposable cellphone registered to Pierre Poutine, of Separatist Street, in Joliette, Que. Opposition parties are claiming the calls came from the Conservative Party.

Misleading robocalls allegedly also occurred in other ridings across the country.

This kind of underhanded – not to mention illegal – tactic is not good for the Canadian political system. That somebody got away with it speaks volumes to the lack of oversight in the electoral process, and will undoubtedly contribute to growing pessimism.

As Andrew Coyne, a popular national columnist, noted in the National Post:

“This is dispiriting. You needn’t be convinced of the Conservatives’ involvement to harbour some serious concerns, and with reason: as I’ve said before, the presumption of innocence does not require us to be deaf, blind and stupid. Yet the institutions we trust to hold government to account in this country are so weak — well, do we trust them any more? I’m not convinced that there are such systemic issues raised here as to warrant a public inquiry, and I’m not sure anyone has really made that case. Rather, it seems that people have so lost confidence in these other institutions that a public inquiry becomes almost their fallback response.”

And in the end, this is the problem.

Pessimism, and more importantly a lack of trust, is the most obvious outcome of these recent developments. Whether we find out who is responsible for the slew of calls or not – and let’s be clear we deserve to find out – Canadians will look upon politicians with even more scepticism and scorn.

 

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About David Driedger

I'm a Creative Communications student at Red River College majoring in public relations. I have a BA with a double major in political studies and history from the University of Manitoba. I'm also the news editor for The Projector.
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