They can be completely wrong. Or spectacularly wrong.
Cosh may be right on the law, but his history is flawed. Yes. Phoenix is hurting now because of the housing collapse, but the team hasn't made money through the entire decade, not as a novelty act or as a draw for Canadian ex-pats in the boom years. Calling the GTA-Hamilton-Kitchener area Ontario's "rust belt" is just stupid. And, by the way, the Red Wings, in a real rust belt, are doing OK.
As for Martin, he's chosen to leave out some very pertinent facts: The nannies say Dhalla herself kept the workers' passports. They say Dhalla paid them in cash under the table, and gave them pathetic wages. They say Dhalla promised to use her influence as an MP to change their immigration status.
Dhalla denies having anything to do with their employment. They were hired and supervised by her brother, Dhalla and her lawyer say.
Yes, servants can be asked (or told, I suppose) to clean things, shovel snow, and shine shoes. But that's not the point. Twelve-hour days, seven days a week for $250 a week is the point.
Whether Dhalla did something wrong or did not, there is a lot to this story that needs to be probed. It can't be brushed away as a non-story or some kind of set-up.