The Toronto Star seldom misses an opportunity to disparage the Ontario Progressive Conservatives, but yesterday’s editorial columnist Haroon Siddiqui goes well beyond the pale by comparing the PC jobs plan with the Vietnam War’s My Lai Massacre.
This is—even for the Star—a shameful analogy and not worthy of this newspaper or a writer who is a member of the Order of Canada. If this person has a shred of decency, he’ll offer a quick apology for this twisted comparison.
The My Lai Massacre occurred during the Vietnam War when between 347 and 504 unarmed civilians were murdered. It was one of the most a dreadful, shameful events in United States Military history. “Victims included men, women, children, and infants. Some of the women were gang-raped and their bodies mutilated.” [Wikipedia]
What a strange, warped mind this writer must have to juxtapose that mass-murder with the PC plan to reduce the larger civil service by 100,000 jobs through normal attrition, outsourcing and lay-offs.
Of course, in his poison-pen like diatribe, Siddiqui uses language like, “Kill 100,000 jobs in the public sector to create 1 million new jobs [Italics mine].”
PC leader Tim Hudak has not promised to “kill” anything or anyone, at least, not that I’ve heard.
The rest of Siddiqui’s editorial is a hodgepodge of half-truth hatchet jobs on the opposition and shameful whitewashing of Kathleen Wynne’s roll and responsibility vis-à-vis the Liberal record of mismanagement and behaviour that is currently under police investigation.
The man has no shame. He even raises Wynne’s homosexuality in an oblique, gratuitous fashion, to what end, the reader is left to ponder.
Worst piece of political writing I’ve seen in years—it has the fetid odour of intellectual dishonesty and should have been printed on yellow paper.