Musings —09.09.2011 02:16 PM—
If this one doesn’t want to make you throw up, nothing will.
Tea Party Tim Hudak’s campaign of intolerance swung through Burlington today, with his hand-picked candidate smearing new Canadians with the sort of language that will blow your mind.
Jane McKenna, a failed municipal candidate whose previous priority was getting more booze outlets in her area, told the Burlington Post that she opposed helping new Canadian citizens get the certification they need to work in their chosen profession. If that’s not enough, McKenna then went on to say:
“When did we become for immigrants?”
That’s a quote.
Here’s a newsflash for McKenna, and her “leader,” who have piloted Ontario campaign 2011 straight into the gutter on only day three of the contest: Canada and Ontario have always been “for” immigrants. We are, in fact, a nation of immigrants.
As former PC leader John Tory has said, Hudak has been “stirring up envy and negativity” in the election campaign. And, like John said, Hudak himself favoured a more generous plan to assist newcomers just a year ago. (Meanwhile, the Ontario Liberal plan, Tory noted on his drive-home radio show, was “one of the best investments” we could make. He’s right.)
Hudak and McKenna’s attacks on hard-working, tax-paying citizens demeans them, and their party.
I’d say they should be ashamed of themselves, but I think they lost their capacity for shame long ago.