At the French language TVA debate, Scheer accused Trudeau that he has an hidden plan to legalize hard drug. This is checked to be untrue, another EEL (Election’s Eve Lie).
Election’s Eve Lie – a style Scheer is known for, at the genesis of his political career, he accused Lorne Nystrom his opponent of being soft on child pornography on the eve of election, it worked; Scheer won, Nystrom lost.
Great thread. This is a guy who won his seat by making the outrageous claim that Lorne Nystrom, a far better MP, was tolerant of child pornography. With Scheer, it's all about getting elected. Truth is a stranger to him. https://t.co/o149lZQqRx
— Mark Bourrie (@MarkBourrie) September 29, 2019
To some, political lies fall into the same category as the white lies one tells a partner or friend to avoid giving offence.
Andrew Scheer pushes narratives that are light-on-facts and mostly untrue, he mudslings with the hope that each will win him some votes.
Recently, The globe and mail reported that Scheer has been lying repeatedly and misrepresenting himself as an insurance broker to Canadians.
Andrew Scheer claimed he was an insurance broker, but the Globe & Mail reports “he was not.” Here’s Scheer on video claiming he got “higher levels of accreditation” in the insurance industry…even though he didn’t. He faked his resume. Watch below: pic.twitter.com/YcSgorYuQf
— Marco Mendicino (@marcomendicino) September 30, 2019
But does it really matter if Scheer lies as easily as you or I draw breath? In particular, does it really undermine his ability to win this election?
The public has a right to expect that public officials speak with integrity. The fear of getting caught helps people stay honest. The most troubling thing in all the recent event of Scheer misrepresenting himself to Canadians is that he seem to feel immune from the possible consequences.
In our private lives we expect friends and families to try to tell the truth, to declare what they are sure of and to admit when they aren’t. Most of us have a threshold of tolerance for the consistently deceitful. We want to invest our trust in those around us. We do not permit our trust to be repeatedly and wilfully broken
Why not apply the same test to the political classes? If we really want to turn around the deepening trust deficit about our democracy, isn’t it time to demand more truth.
Honesty, and clarity, seems to be in short supply these days. If Scheer show little shame for being caught in a lie, then it falls on voters to demand better.