Why are idiot MPs still in Tory caucus?

The item below (“MP says he's all for freedom of press”) is part of a news story from The Daily Courier in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. It tells of a member of the Canadian Parliament who made an idiotic remark about putting some journalists in jail for what they sometimes report.

Then he issued a written apology which had the gall to allege he believes in “freedom of the press.” The question is when was he telling the truth about his beliefs, when he made the statement or when he issued the apology? But the guy is probably just a person with a low I.Q.

The much bigger question is why is Colin Mayes still a member of the Conservative caucus?

Could it be that, notwithstanding the sincere apology (wink, wink), issued probably on orders of the Prime Minister’s Office, the new PM likely agrees with the sentiment? The apology was just amateurish PR spin.

Mayes’ fellow Conservative Caucus MP, Myron Thompson, of Wild Rose, Alta., was quoted (on April 25, 2006) as making an equally bird-brained statement that he would “shoot the first media that come on site” if his sons were among dead soldiers returning to Canada from Afghanistan.

That sounds like something some ugly, red-neck American would say.  Bushy Boy down south would say “you’re doing a terrific job, Canucky.”

Why is Thompson still in the caucus? Again, could it be that Stephen Harper’s neck is the same color and he agrees with Thompson?


MP says he's all for freedom of press
By Chuck Poulsen
Saturday, April 1, 2006, 12:01 AM

Soon after proclaiming some journalists should be thrown in jail, Okanagan-Shuswap MP Colin Mayes apologized for his comments.

In its Friday editions, The Daily Courier in Kelowna and Vernon published Mayes’ comments about jailing journalists, which appeared in a column the rookie MP had sent to eight North Okanagan media outlets.

(The Vernon Daily Courier recently declined to publish Mayes’ regular column).

The story went out on the national news services overnight, and by Friday morning Mayes had issued his apology.

“I wish to retract without reservation the comments I made . . .” Mayes said in a press release. “I would like to make it very clear that I fully respect freedom of the press. I sincerely apologize for any disrespect or ill feelings that my comments may have caused.”

A spokesperson for Mayes’ office said Friday he was not available for further comment.

“I’ve been told he’s not doing any interviews in this regards,” said the spokesperson.

In the column, Mayes wrote: “Boy, would the public get accurate and true information if a few reporters were hauled away to jail!

“Maybe it is time that we hauled off in handcuffs reporters that fabricate stories or twist information and even falsely accuse citizens.

“We know this will never happen because the media would cry ‘censorship,’ ‘authoritarian state,’ and all would be aghast, but the truth is we need ethical leadership from the media, too!”

A testy relationship has developed between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the parliamentary press corps since he restricted access to ministers after cabinet meetings. Harper has also told cabinet ministers their comments to the media must be cleared by his office.

UBC Okanagan political science instructor Carl Hodge has little doubt the Prime Minister’s Office ordered Mayes to apologize.