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What’s Going On at the Toronto Sun?

August 4th, 2008

Yesterday I ran a post titled Welcome Back Paul, today I could call this post Go Away Paul. In today’s case I’m referring to the Toronto Sun’s Paul Berton. Berton, a Star wannabe, today has the lead editorial and does a counterpoint arguing why Stéphane Dion will be the next PM.

First the editorial. It’s the usual complaint against negative campaigning. However, it’s focused on John McCain’s negative ad comparing Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and Barack Obama. No mention of Obama supporter, and possible VP candidate, general Wesley Clarke questioning what part of John McCain’s military experience actually qualified him to be President. To these left wingers, negative campaigning always runs right to left.

The point/counterpoint, will Dion be Canada’s next PM? (read, will he win the next election), is another example. Rob Granatstein says no, Dion will not be the next PM. To his column I will return. But Berton argues that he will be the next PM because the next election will be about the candidates:

…his record, his team, his platform and on our confidence in his party to get the job – the right job – done.

And what is the right job? Here’s a hint:

Dion is hoping Canadians will judge him… on his strength of character and the policies of his party, particularly his Green Shift program…

Berton has been in full chicken little mode over global warming for a while now and seems to firmly believe that paying more taxes, killing off more manufacturing jobs &tc. is the answer to saving the world. Hence Dion has the best policy and will win the election.

As for Granatstein’s argument that Dion will not win, it’s not because of policy, or because PM Harper is doing a good job, it’s because Dion is “largely incomprehensible” in English. However, he notes:

I can’t see myself voting for any of the other leaders, either.

Oh, good. A supposedly conservative paper has a debate about who will be the next PM and can’t find someone who would vote Conservative to make an argument.

All this from the paper who regularly brings Michael Den Tandt’s columns about how wonderful Stéphane Dion is doing this summer. I swear if it wasn’t for the fact I’d miss Gerry Nicholls occasional column, I would give up on the Sun.

Oh and memo to the Sun’s editors: it’s Stéphane with an accent on the first é, not the accent-less Stephane . If your going to pronounce him PM these details matter

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