Hurry up and call an election
Apparently, a Gazette political endorsement — even
a non-existent one — is a kiss of death.
The campaign team for Belinda Stronach, one of the contenders
for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada, sent
out an e-mail stating that The Gazette was among the “many” newspapers
that had endorsed Stronach. The release referred to an opinions
column in last Wednesday’s Gazette (“Stronach the
tonic for Canada,” Mar. 17) in which the author stated
his own personal view that Stronach was the best choice to
lead the Conservatives to victory over Paul Martin and the
Liberals in the next federal election.
You would think the website of a major political candidate
would be able to tell the difference between a personal opinion
and an official endorsement, but hey, when it’s a matter
of taking whatever suits their agenda, every politican will
scrounge for all the good press they can get. Nobody would
ever bother to check on an endorsement from a student paper,
so they’d just assume it was true.
Just to clarify, in case any other politicians pick up a future
issue of The Gazette, the editorial reflects the consensus
of EVERYONE on the editorial board. Opinions columns are written
by INDIVIDUALS and reflect THEIR OWN OPINION. There is even
a picture of the writer next to their column to help you identify
these columnists, and even though a lot of these pictures aren’t
flattering, they should not be ignored.
Even though Stronach lost the election to Stephen Harper,
there is a silver lining. Her website provided a direct link
to The Gazette article, so maybe Miss Stronach herself surfed
over to www.gazette.uwo.ca and checked out some of our other
material from last Wednesday. We’re sure the wacky adventures
of the parachuting penguins cheered her up after her crushing
New Conservative leader Stephen Harper is pushing for a September
election, claiming Canadians deserve to learn the outcome of
the sponsorship scandal currently enveloping the federal government
before casting their vote.
Cynics might say Harper needs more time to prepare his campaign,
but Harper should be striking while the iron is hot. A lot
can happen in six months; after a summer of patios and the
NHL playoffs, the sponsorship scandal may die out. Even if
the Tories keep bringing it up, they run the risk of appearing
to beat the issue into the ground.
Of course, Harper has no control over the federal election
date: that’s up to Prime Minister Martin. At the very
least, Canada should have a set election cycle or an election
should automatically be called whenever the governing party
switches leaders. The fact that the PM can call an election
whenever he wants — or whenever his polling numbers are
high — is unfair.