You would think the National Post’s top political columnist, Andrew Coyne would start to be a bit more careful after the blatant error I pointed out in his Feb 19th piece on Liberal Andrew Leslie (see here) and which he acknowledged although still refused to correct as of today. But sadly, that wouldn’t be the case at all.
In what may be the biggest load of crap Coyne has ever written (and there have been some serious piles in the past) is his latest column on the Conservatives new Fair Elections Act which includes him:
Claiming to be a human behaviourist:
“No wonder the Tories were so nervous. The government had been noticeably skittish about what Marc Mayrand would say before the Commons Procedure and House Affairs committee Thursday”
Slagging the MP who guided these new laws as the worse of the worse:
“Entrusting the matter to Pierre Poilievre, among the most ruthlessly partisan ministers in a government filled with ruthless partisans, was an early warning sign.”
Believing the media should have a say in laws being written by a duly elected government:
“gave media and opposition members the merest sniff of the mammoth bill before thrusting it upon Parliament”
And omitting that ex-Elections Canada CEO Jean-Pierre Kinsley was quoted in the media saying that “overall, a good bill and gives it a solid grade of A–” (see here)
These are all examples of opinion and an omission which a columnist gets away with because even though are extremely slanted and biased, they cannot be proven or disproved.
Now, let’s get back to the factual error Coyne commits:
“It would allow incumbent parties, rather than Elections Canada, to choose important officers at polling stations: yet again, without offering any justification, and with the same potential for abuse.” (see here)
This caught my eye because in my past experiences working in federal election campaigns, the incumbents already appointed officers at the polling stations and I wonder aloud on Twitter if the rule had changed and if so, was it now being reinstated?
So I was very happy to see one of Coyne’s biggest Media Party groupies, CBC’s Kady O’Malley confirming my recollection:
That’s two weeks in a row I’ve caught Coyne committing factual errors which gives the impression the Conservatives were doing something uniquely dastardly. Will this one go uncorrected as well?
And I’ll end with using his own words, “I leave it to the reader to judge who benefits from that.”