What We Deserve To Know About People In Power
What We Deserve To Know About People In Power
Canadian politeness contributes to pearl-clutching over a supposedly “nasty” political discourse

“Nasty.” Listening to politicians and journalists, you’d believe that’s the one word that summarized the election.

Lisa Raitt lamented in early October that “most of the media reporting has to do with personal matters,” in response to a question from CBC’s Carol Off about why the campaign had been so “nasty.” The following week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau blamed the Conservatives for “one of the dirtiest, nastiest campaigns” ever seen in Canada.

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