Editorial cartoon by Patrick LaMontagne

Federal election

OUR VIEW: Be wary of politicians who dig up rival’s social media past

Public should certainly know about serious mistakes but motives in such cases are often questionable

Ever do or say something daft? Something you regret?

Of course you have – we all have. Every last one of us.

That said, there seems to be an awful lot of internet-mining Sherlockery going on thus far into the federal election campaign as rivals for your vote on Oct. 21 scan every nooks and cranny of the web to locate, and exploit, stuff their political opponents said or did as far back as 10 years or more.

Aha! Look what he or she posted, or whom they associated with. Nobody in their right mind should vote for them, right?

Certainly some lines should never be crossed, particularly by those who are seeking public office. The public should be made aware of, and reminded of, the truly unforgivable.

READ ALSO: NDP drop B.C. candidate over social media comments

That said, for everything else, people should be given some wary-eyed berth for the possibility that they may have evolved beyond things they said a decade ago, and that their worldview may have changed as well.

The voting public should be wary of the motives of political candidates who expose, or re-expose, what political opponents said long ago as though they are angelic champions of righteousness.

People should question their motives. Are they releasing such information in your best interests, or theirs? Are they acting in true moral indignation and concern, or by exposing their opponents past follies, presenting themselves as beneficiaries of your vote by default.

Look, I’m not a degenerate, vote for me.

Canadians should take a long, hard look at what each candidate will do to make our lives more livable rather than grant our precious votes to a political party or candidate because what they’ve said or done in the past is less objectionable than what a political rival said or did in the distant past.



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