Volume 93, Issue 100

Thursday, April 6, 2000


Misguided stereotypes

Stockwell's party pitches

Study required

Stockwell's party pitches

To the Editor:

I made a point of going to the McKellar Room last Thursday when Canadian Alliance candidate Stockwell Day came to speak. I went there looking forward to the chance to hear Day's attempt to defend his conservative views against some tough questions. What I saw, however, was an infomercial.

After a drawn-out introduction by Social Sciences Students' Council president Paul Hong, Day spent about 20 minutes of his "10 minute" talk trying to sell the more mainstream parts of his platform.

When the floor was finally opened, it was wasted on easy questions that allowed Day to further promote his agenda. Someone actually asked Day what he would do first if he were elected Prime Minister. Day couldn't have received a bigger softball if he had planted it in the audience himself.

After three or four easy questions, someone finally challenged Day to explain if certain ambiguously worded planks in the party platform meant that it did not recognize the legitimacy of the First Nations. Applause broke out.

Although it was a "Yes" or "No" question, Day danced around the issue, stalling for time. Eventually Paul Hong snatched up the microphone and told the crowd that time was up. Apparently, Mr. Day had to go, but not before posing for a few pictures in a Western sweatshirt which then ran in the Friday editions of the National Post and The London Free Press.

I left the McKellar Room feeling let down and very disappointed with the SSSC and with the leadership of Paul Hong. Instead of giving politicians photo opportunities and free advertisements, we should be asking them the tough questions.

If Paul Hong doesn't understand this, then maybe it's a good thing that his term in office is almost up.

Kevin Forbes
Electrical Engineering II

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