Re: Trudeau Ads Not Bullying, Just Part Of Debate, Says PM

Re: Trudeau Ads Not Bullying, Just Part Of Debate, Says PM
Posted on April 26, 2013 | James O'Grady | Written on April 26, 2013
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Huffington Post

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Author's Note:

I wrote this comment in response to an article on the Huffington Post this morning.

Personal attacks against anyone is bullying. If you have a problem with their policy then state it, don't diminish someone personally just because you don't agree with them. Its very poor behaviour for an adult let alone a politician or a Prime Minister.

Perhaps the PM should sit in on one of the many anti-bullying assemblies taking place in elementary schools across the country. He may learn something.

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I am a social media entrepreneur, communications professional, part-time school teacher and community leader living in Nepean, Ontario. I am also a hockey goaltender, political hack and most importantly, an advocate... More

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Linda Daly

I respectfully disagree with Mr. O'Grady. While I don't think most people in this country are comfortable with political attack ads, I would definitely not consider the current attack ads on Mr. Trudeau to be bullying. Please let us not water down the severity that impacts so many vulnerable persons. Bullying in schools, towards any vulnerable person or population is largely done in isolation. The offense is committed by a party or a collective in a power position verses the targeted person or group. It is often unexpected and occurs at a time when the victim is least capable of protecting themselves. Although political competion can be dirty, parties are aware of the risks before they enter the debate. Please do not compare a dangerous, often life-threatening act to a political debate in Canada. Could the level of political discourse in Canada improve? Absolutely. However, I agree with Rathgeber and Benoit in the Huffington Post article. It's not a pleasant fight, but facts are fair game. Mr. Trudeau has an equal opportunity to lay out a Harper fact sheet of his own or respond as he sees fit. Voters can respond with their ballots. We must remember that a real victim of bullying doesn't have a voice or multitudes of supporters. Better legistlation, education, and enforcement would level their playing field. This is an idea that I would expect all democratic parties would support.

Linda Daly