The Media Party’s attack on Minister Peter MacKay (see here) coordinated by the NDP-connected Broadbent Institute (see here) for daring to pose for a photo wearing a National Firearms Association t-shirt is getting smellier and smellier the more I look into it.
For example, this letter run in the Montreal Gazette caught my eye:
Conservative Justice Minister Peter MacKay was recently photographed at an event organized by the National Firearms Association, a group that calls for the legislation of automatic weapons. MacKay sported a shirt bearing an automatic rifle and a maple leaf with the slogan “No Compromise.”
His antics are an insult to the memory of the many victims of firearms, such as the young women killed at the Polytechnique in 1989. I hope MacKay will have the courage of his convictions and wear this shirt when he meets with RCMP officers, who are still mourning the murder of three of their fellow officers by a crazed gunman. No doubt, the officers would have a few choice things to say to “Machine Gun MacKay.”
I’ve not only written to the Montreal Gazette’s managing editor and editor-in-chief to ask these questions:
1) is the rifle depicted automatic?
2) is the NFA lobbying for legislation to make automatic weapons available?
3) what is the Gazette’s policy for verifying the accuracy of letters?
I’m also trying to track down who the writer Kevin Callahan is and if he has any political affiliations.
Update: I’ve confirmed the letter writer as Kevin Callahan from McGill University but he has so far refused to respond to my follow-up questions:
Me – A letter by a “Kevin Callahan” was posted in the Montreal Gazette and
I’m wondering if you were the author?
Callahan – Yes, indeed. I am the author of the letter in question
Me – Thank you, and you have no affiliations with the NDP or other political parties?
Me – And are you related to Alex Callahan who works for the Ontario NDP?
Update: The Gazette promises to run correction
Dear Mr. Skoreyko,
Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
As a result of your first two questions, we are running a correction.
As for your third question, yes we do fact-check letters, however these inaccuracies slipped through.
Content editor, Editorial pages