Musings —09.29.2014 07:25 AM—
I’m not a Sun News employee. I just go over there to fight with their conservative employees, on-air. So I can’t tell you if this Citizen report is true:
On Sunday, CTV parliamentary bureau chief Robert Fife tweeted that former prime minister Brian Mulroney had contacted the Liberals to say that Sun Media would apologize Monday for Levant’s comments. Mulroney sits on the board of Quebecor, the company that owns Sun Media.
Trudeau’s office would not comment. Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, retweeted Fife’s report. But Butts said he was retweeting the comment “for info only,” and that he could not confirm or deny whether it was true.
If it is true, it is also the right thing to do, and kudos to Messrs. Teneycke and Mulroney for taking this step. As I’ve written previously, what was said about Trudeau’s parents – one deceased, and not here to defend himself; and one a person who has struggled with mental illness, and who has never held public office – was appalling. (And, parenthetically, given how truly kind Ezra was about my Dad when he died in 2004, a shock.)
If an apology is broadcast, I don’t expect Trudeau or his team to now start communicating with Sun News. Contrary to what many others have written, they didn’t before Ezra said what he said.
So the apology – if it happens – is happening not to persuade Justin Trudeau to start talking to Sun News.
It’s happening because it’s the right thing to do.