Bowman column lent nothing to debate
It’s been a long time since I have read such an uninhibited, nasty diatribe as that spouted by Victor Bowman in your 16 March edition.
Mr. Bowman waded into the debate on the robo-call scandal wielding a broadsword sparing few players except those accused of subverting Canadian democracy. He managed to assemble a remarkable string of accusations and slurs the like which I have not witnessed since the last time I trod a school playground.
According to Mr. Bowman, many Members of Parliament came from “the shallow end of the gene pool.” A lot of journalists are lazy, stupid gossip-mongers. Bob Rae, leader of the Liberal Party of Canada (a gaggle of “proven incompetents”) performs like an idiot, failing to understand the function of Elections Canada. Rae has the temerity to insinuate that members of the “duly elected” governing party are somehow corrupt. This begs the question. It is yet to be determined whether some of these members were, indeed, “duly elected.”
According to Bowman, those of us questioning the “shenanigans” of the accused are merely “braying” about “unproven breaches of election law.” He goes on to declare that Elections Canada can act independently of politics, an assumption that flies in the face of the Harper regime’s micro-management. Furthermore, Bowman claims that Elections Canada has “unlimited resources” which would make it unique in this federal government.
On and on went Mr. Bowman’s ranting, freely slandering everyone in sight with the exception of those of the Conservative Party of Canada accused of subverting democracy, an accusation which, if proven, would appear to be akin to treason against our very system of democracy.
Mr. Bowman should heed the statement he made in the body of his missive where he wrote, “the method of covering up one’s own incompetence is to malign others” and concluding with “let’s all be (a bit more) truthful and rational.”