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The City of Guelph sounding the alarm about Giant Hogweed in the community had me mulling a sort of Top 10-list for Most Worrisome Species that public officials have rolled out here and in other places where I've worked.
MacKay was asked about the criminal robocalls legacy in the riding and somewhat side-stepped the matter by asserting that as Justice minister he ought not speak on the subject as Michael Sona's appeal remains before the courts.
But he also said: "It's been stated many times that we have run a very clean, ethical campaign. This happened years ago."
That's the part that surprised me.
The Guelph Conservative campaign in 2011 may have been repeatedly described by the Conservatives as "very clean" and "ethical" but can that be given the Sona conviction for electoral fraud and the court's finding that others on that campaign team likely helped him and/or were aware of the fraudulent May 2, 2011 robodialling?
As well, to assert that the robocalling fraud was a "years ago" thing, comes across as an amazing trivialization by our justice minister to me.
I mean, this was a huge deal. Sona is the first Canadian to be convicted of this count and he faces a jail sentence over it. And, it only happened in the most recent federal election. We're not talking about something a generation or more ago?