With Joe Cressy lurking behind her and her University-Rosedale candidate Jessica Bell beside her at the Bathurst subway station, NDP leader Andrea Horwath tap danced around yet another hard question Thursday morning.
This one was whether some of her candidates — including Bell — had removed (or sanitized) their Facebook pages (and I would add their Twitter feeds.)
Horwath claimed she wasn’t responsible for that “piece of work” — that it was their provincial secretary who vetted the candidates and “all of those pieces.”
When the question was directed to Bell, she said that when she decided to run her entire Facebook and Twitter account was “carefully reviewed (a year ago) to sure that there’s nothing untoward.”
She said deleted her personal Facebook page so that people could find her actual politician page as opposed to pix of her kids.
What a pile of B.S.
For one thing, the Internet has an all-too-good memory as I proved earlier this week with the anti-Israel rantings on Twitter and elsewhere of four other NDP candidates: Rima Berns-McGown, Joel Harden, Jan Johnstone and Diane Ballantyne.
A quick check shows that Bell — a founding executive director of TTC Riders — wrote a blog up to 2016 on rabble.ca, a virulently anti-Israel website.
The Facebook and Twitter feeds have been sanitized because the NDP doesn’t want people to know they have hateful wingnuts running for the party.
When later questioned during a visit to the Toronto Sun whether some of her candidates supported the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, Horwath claimed the issue came up at recently at the federal NDP conference, was debated and not passed.
She also said a BDS motion was put on the agenda of her own party’s conference last year but never discussed.
But her next comment made me see red.
“We do know that people around the world have varying opinions on this kind of issue and my party as kind of microcosm of that would have the same kind of diversity of opinions,” she said, indicating she is not engaged in the issue.
Yes a diversity of opinions.
I wouldn’t characterize the anti-Israel leanings of some of her candidates just “opinions.” The BDS movement — which calls for the boycott of Israeli products and pressures artists not to perform in Israel — is one that singles out and demonizes the Jewish state. It borders on anti-Semitic.
Why don’t we connect the dots for Horwath, since she seems to be incapable of doing so. Her members keep bringing forward BDS motions to various conferences because her weak handling of the issue has enabled it.
Can you imagine what Horwath would do if some of her candidates expressed “opinions,” as she calls them, about boycotting countries with a heavy Muslim or black population — or encouraged others to affix stickers to products (as the BDSers do) known to be made in Muslim countries or by African-centric companies?
The candidates would be gone before they knew it.
As personable as she may be, this is what is annoying me more and more each day about Horwath. She talks a good game but when it comes down to doing what’s right, she is weak, self-serving, dishonest and hypocritical.
I saw it at Queen’s Park when for five years she propped up Kathleen Wynne’s corrupt, spendthrift, arrogant, disgraceful government. I saw how she never got put under the media microscope at all whenever she made pronouncements, however ridiculous and impractical.
I see it now as my media colleagues give her tolerance of hateful nutbar candidates and her policy platform to move the party back to the far left Bernie Saunders-style (with everything free, free, free) a virtual free ride.
Still maybe dancing around hard questions is what qualifies one to be a good politician these days. And as I regularly note, the NDP social justice warriors are expert at being hypocritical — seeing as they are only tolerant of those who agree with their view of the world.
But rest assured I sure ain’t buying her song and dance.
Source:: Toronto Sun – Movies