Here’s a strategy question for would-be journalists: given that the Mulroney government was pro-asbestos, should you attempt to cover the current asbestos controversy by pointing out that Conservatives have a history of supporting this cancer-causing industry, or by pointing out that one of the Mulroney ministers responsible was Jack Layton’s father, Robert?
If you’re Postmedia, you choose Option B, as can be seen in this rather silly attempt at a hatchet job. They even claim they summoned Layton for an interview to answer for “his father’s role a quarter-century ago as a Conservative minister promoting asbestos” and — horror! — he refused to speak to them about it.
Incidentally, Option A is also wrong. The correct answer is Option C: neither Harper nor Layton, nor Rae for that matter, should be held responsible for what Mulroney did or didn’t do in the 1980s. That’s because Layton is not his father, and Harper is not a Progressive Conservative.
While we’re on the subject, the Postmedia author of this waste of bandwidth is Randy Boswell. You’ll never guess what his father supported. (I don’t know either, by the way, nor do I care.)Tweet