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.



edit@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

In 2019, roughly one person died every three days in Surrey due to illicit drug overdoses

123 people died in the city in 2019, down from the previous year

BC Liberals firing at NDP due to fact new Surrey hospital not in budget

But Surrey-Panorama MLA Jinny Sims says business case is needed first

United Nations designates Surrey a ‘Tree City’

Surrey is one of 59 cities in the world to receive the designation

White Rock seeks assistance for park rain damage

City applies for provincial funding following closure of Ruth Johnson Park and ravine

Surrey RCMP looking for missing boy, age 14

Brayden Ritchat, 14, last seen in the 10800-block of 141st Street in Whalley on Feb. 21

Protecting privacy key to stopping spread of COVID-19, B.C. health officials say

The number of coronavirus cases in B.C. remains at seven

Toffoli scores OT winner as Canucks beat Habs 4-3

Demko makes 37 saves for Vancouver

Private clinics would harm ‘ordinary’ people using public system in B.C.: lawyer

Health Minister Adrian Dix announced in 2018 that the government would begin to fine doctors $10,000

B.C. terminates contract with hospice society refusing assisted death

Delta Hospice Society loses hospital service fund of $1.5 million

Child in hospital following fatal crash that killed father, sibling on B.C. highway

The single vehicle crash occured near Kamloops on Highway 5A

‘Die!’: Vernon councillor mailed death threat

This story contains information that might be sensitive to some readers

B.C. landlord can’t serve eviction notice because tenant is in jail

Homeowner baffled at arbitrator decision based on notice of hearing not being served properly

Hidden message connects Castlegar homeowners decades apart

The Rodgers family was surprised when a message fell out of the walls as they were renovating

Most Read