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I’m not the only one who sees a problem with the Conservative Party’s sketchy campaign against Justin Trudeau: http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2013/04/27/why-do-we-let-politicians-lie-on-television/

Keep in mind, I’m no fan of Justin Trudeau. I have repeatedly expressed my disdain for him being leader of the Liberal party, and taken issue with the big government approach to social engineering advocated by that party (and, really, every other mainstream party in this country).

But dirt bag tactics don’t get a pass from me, or from the National Post. I don’t know Selley’s politics, but his newspaper is generally perceived to be a little right of centre (relative to other media n Canada).

So here’s the memo to Harper, Armstrong and the rest of the Conservative party: it isn’t just whining Liberals who think your ad campaigns are shoddy. Deceiving the public and misusing public funds is precisely the opposite of what we expect from leaders with integrity.

Of course, deceit isn’t the sole preserve of Canadian politicians. Japan’s PM is making headlines for rewriting his nation’s 20th century history –  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/japanese-prime-minister-abes-remarks-enrage-asian-neighbours/article11540099/ - and a who’s-who of wretched regimes have lined up at the UN to take aim at Canada’s human rights record: http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/04/26/north-korea-iran-attack-canadas-human-rights-record-at-un-forum/

Not that we can’t improve some of our practices - our politicial parties could stop lying to us, for one - but when North Korea criticizes our nation’s failure to protect freedom of expression, one could hardly be faulted for thinking participating in the United Nations is, at best, a necessary evil. Freedom in Canada is more confined than many Canadians realize, but the contrast with North Korea is stark: I can write this blog post criticizing the Canadian government and then go about my day; in North Korea, I would be arrested and sent to prison, and my family might suffer the same fate just for sharing my genes.

Remember this theatre of the absurd the next time a Canadian laments the lack of UN approval for a “unilateral” act by Canada, the U.S. or one of our allies. The UN’s blessing carries no moral authority.

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