Calgary Herald columnist calls Harper “old” – he’s 55


Besides the irony of a columnist at the advanced age of Don Braid labelling PM Stephen Harper “old” is this continued Media Party theme that Liberal leader Justin Trudeau is a young breath of fresh air:

What worries the Conservatives, though, is that it might not work. Like his father Pierre in 1968, Justin Trudeau could carry the country on a wave of emotion and adulation. (see here)

Of course Braid doesn’t mention Harper was 43 when he won the leadership of the Canadian Alliance – I guess that is really old when compared to Trudeau being 42.


And to prove Braid should be the one put out to pasture, is this garbage by him on disgraced ex-premier Allison Redford’s former press secretary Neala Barton:

Meanwhile, the government could use a few more people like Neala Barton, a mid-level staffer who did something selfless, and now refuses to boast about it. (see here)

Either Braid intentionally omitted Barton’s scandalous past or didn’t do a lick of research before writing that puff-piece:

She was a communications staffer for Ontario health minister David Caplan, till he resigned rather abruptly over the brewing eHealth scandal in 2009 (one largely bequeathed to him by his predecessor George Smitherman). She was press secretary to Dalton McGuinty till he resigned rather abruptly in fall 2012. She landed on her feet, though, quickly getting a new job with Alberta premier Alison Redford. Till she, uh, resigned rather abruptly last week.

Barton’s landed on her feet again, scooping up a communications gig with the organizing committee for the Pan-Am Games in 2015, a committee chaired by former Liberal premier David Peterson. (see here)

This isn’t just a reflection on Braid – by allowing this Barton piece to go to print, it tells you everything you need to know about the Calgary Herald.


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