Thursday, September 25, 2008

Again with the non-apology apologies

Maybe it's me, but what is it with these Conservative candidates who don't know when to start talking -- except at the prompting or instructions of head office? Then again, there are the loose lips. Such as Lee Richardson from Calgary Centre, who blamed the "increase" in crime on "immigrants."

The GOP and the racist local media in the US have been getting away with that trick for decades. Not that all the Con candidates are racist or even misinformed, of course, but too many loose lips ... you know the saying. We can't let the Con artists get away with it here. There may be two and a half weeks left but there's still time to stop Harper.

From CanWest News:

Opposition parties are demanding Calgary Conservative incumbent Lee Richardson immediately resign for controversial comments that suggested immigrants are to blame for much of the crime in Canada.

In an interview with a Calgary weekly newspaper published Thursday, Richardson is quoted as saying many crimes aren't committed by people who "grew up next door" and immigrants aren't as law-abiding.

"Particularly in big cities, we've got people that have grown up in a different culture, and they don't have the same background in terms of the stable communities we had 20, 30 years ago in our cities. . . and don't have the same respect for authority or people's person or property," Richardson told Fast Forward Weekly, when asked about recent gun violence in Calgary.

"Talk to the police. Look at who's committing these crimes," added Richardson, the Tory candidate in Calgary Centre. "They're not the kid that grew up next door."

Richardson later said he regretted the comments and that he misspoke.

Uh, yeah. Regret the comment. Again, the classic non-apology apology. If a Liberal or NDP or Green Party candidate said something xenophobic like that, they'd be off the ticket faster than you can say Jumping Jack Flash. Harper however seems content to keep Richardson on his team. That says more about Harper than it does abour Richardson.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The people who should resign are those who attempt to stifle any debate and suppress information. They are the real enemies of liberal democracy.

Unfortunately, rather than looking at the facts people would rather shut down the discussion by crying 'racist'! So anything that doesn't square with the liberal multiculturalism is good viewpoint gets suppressed.