Here we go again: the opposition throws chum in the water, and the media go into a feeding frenzy.
This time the “chum” is an abortive attempt at humour by Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.
“This is like a death by a thousand cuts—or should I say cold cuts,” Ritz said.
And when told about a new death in Prince Edward Island: “Please tell me it's (Liberal agriculture critic) Wayne Easter.”
Ritz was attempting to joke about the recent listeriosis outbreak linked to processed meats that has killed 17 people. Were his remarks silly and tasteless? Sure they were, and Ritz has said as much. And he has apologized.
So enough already. Let's move on.
By the way, folks, he made his remarks during an August 30 conference. Where have the political correctness police been for the past couple of weeks? Dereliction of duty, no doubt about it. Billions of dollars of investments are being lost, the world’s strongest economies are reeling in shock and the US financial infrastructure is in peril, and Canadian Press wastes it's time on a manufactured controversy they claim is “…swirling around his [Harper’s] agriculture minister.”Read all about it… Bah, humbug.