My Response to the Chronicle Herald Article July 9, 2019
July 20, 2019
BY JOHN SMITH
Considering the recently released article in the Chronicle Herald, I have decided to post this one reply.
I am not a politician; I am a human being who has been many places and has seen many things. While my sense of humour may not be the same as many others, who have or will read the article, I do understand that some people may find my posts offensive. I apologize if I may have offended you. I do not apologize for something that I posted that I found to be funny at the time, several years ago, and shared with my friends.
The reporter was able to mine through my online history, going back five years to cherry pick these jokes, to justify her article; Yet failed to look at my friends list which shows the greatly diverse people that I know from many backgrounds. That is because this Liberal hit piece was already written prior to talking to me.
The example of the joke with the redneck was intended to make fun of the redneck’s intelligence, and not some overtly racist ploy. For a generation that grew up with Archie Bunker, South Park and various other off-colour comedy shows, I wonder how we have allowed ourselves to become so intensely politically correct to the point that we can’t even laugh at what used to be funny.
I can only hope that people offended by these jokes are equally offended by the recent cartoon, by Bruce McKinnon, showing a monkey meeting Maxime Bernier to be screened as a candidate. The People's Party of Canada has candidates of African heritage; And even I found this political cartoon to be in poor taste! Yet as a Canadian citizen you have the freedom to express yourself and neither I nor anyone should infringe upon that right.
The other politicians, with the other parties, scrub their accounts to hide who they truly are, or have private accounts to hide themselves. That is not me!! I am not going to build a façade of who I am, but rather do the hard work to address the real issues that are affecting the people in my riding of Cumberland-Colchester in Nova Scotia; if I am selected to represent them.
The part that I find truly disappointing was that I was fully prepared to discuss policies and how I would help the people of Cumberland-Colchester, and instead I had to spend 20 minutes on the phone defending jokes that I had shared with my friends and that were already on Facebook from years ago.
This shows that the other parties are concerned with the People’s Party of Canada and would rather lower themselves to use attacks of character rather than debate issues and policy.
I would like to thank Bruce McKinnon, Andrea Gunn, and The Chronicle Herald for releasing their articles and cartoons, as it has provided more exposure for the People’s Party of Canada and myself in a riding where we were largely unknown.
Thank you for your time. I hope that we can move past this together so we can focus on what is important, which is, Canadians and the future of our great country!