Some politicians love to play fast and loose with the truth. Take Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty as an example—an extreme one at that. His broken promises in the run-up to his first election victory seven years ago and throughout his years in office must be something of a record for a provincial premier.
And remember when in April 2009 federal Liberal Party Critic, MP John McCallum, told a Windsor Star reporter that he owned a “North American-made car” and later explained it was “a General Motors car?” Later, he was even more specific, saying, “a Chevrolet.” But, of course, he didn’t own any of those things. He explained he had spoken “without thinking.”
Lie, explain with a lie, then excuse your lie with an even more banal one.
For some politicians a lie or half-truth is the default option. Mendacity comes as naturally to some as scratching a bothersome itch. They seem to do it without thinking—it’s an automatic reflex.
Here’s a recent example.
Health Promotion Minister Margarett Best was asked about the KFC Double Down meal, and said it was something the government could investigate. “It’s not something that we have discussed but it’s certainly something we may look at and review,” she told reporters.
Yet only hours later, Best’s office reportedly issued a statement in which the minister claimed to “reiterate” that there were no plans to review the availability of any food products in Ontario. This one smacks both of evasion/falsehood and political cowardice. If she’s inclined to prevaricate on the small issues, how can she be trusted with the large ones?
Of course, mendacity is not the sole purview of Liberal politicians, the New Democrats are often as guilty as they. As for Conservatives and PCs, well, the less said about that the better, eh.