Thursday, April 10, 2008

An interesting turn of phrase

Tory MP's comments under scrutiny after recording surfaces
David Akin , Canwest News Service
Published: Thursday, April 10, 2008

OTTAWA - A week after a 17-year-old video of Conservative Tom Lukiwski making anti-gay comments prompted an abject apology from the Saskatchewan MP, another recording from the past has resurfaced that puts comments from a junior Tory cabinet minister under scrutiny.

In the eight-year-old audio recording, Calgary MP and Secretary of State for Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity Jason Kenney suggests members of an ethnic minority will use "the race card" to win arguments.

Critics say his comments reflect a Conservative, intolerant view of Canada, and are relevant today given Kenney's junior cabinet position.

The recording is not new and it resurfacing now highlights again the latest dilemma facing politicians: electronic archives, file sharing, and ubiquitous recording devices have given unlimited shelf life to any comments made by them - and there are no shortage of opponents ready to exploit those words.

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