Editorial: Modern age is tough on would-be politicians

Long gone are the days when an off-hand comment might be news for a few days then largely forgotten

Politics is a tough gig these days.

Long gone are the days when an off-hand comment might be news for a few days then largely forgotten. And when some silly comment made in your youth more often than not stayed buried with your junior high track trophy and the T-shirt from your first concert.

Today, thanks to this brave new world of social media and world-wide connectivity, yesterday’s remarks could severely limit your opportunities tomorrow.

The steady stream of candidates dropping from the federal election race grew by two more recently, with the seemingly endless torrent reaching the Island. Victoria Liberal candidate Cheryl Thomas dropped out of the race last week after comments she previously made on Facebook came to light. Thomas joined fellow former Liberal candidate Maria Manna, who resigned from the race in Cowichan-Malahat-Langford several days previously over comments she had earlier made questioning the origin of the 9/11 attacks.

However it’s not only the Liberals who have been caught in the embarrassing revelations. All three major parties have been forced to dump candidates for reasons that run the gamut from crude remarks about the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz to urinating in a client’s coffee mug.

With the comments being so easily exposed by political bloggers, one has to wonder why the political parties aren’t doing a more thorough vetting of their candidates. Social media is hardly a new phenomenon, and if others are finding this stuff so easily…

Still, we have to wonder whether this ability to troll so far back in people’s history is a good thing. While we in no way condone remarks reflecting bigoted attitudes, we have to wonder whether the ability to derail a person based on some long-past stupidity is a good thing.

At the very least, it underlines for today’s teens the importance of what parents have been saying for years: don’t put anything on social media you wouldn’t want your mother to see … or millions of Canadian voters.


Just Posted

Victoria’s Other Secret not so secret anymore

How six Mount Doug teachers turned a lunch jam into $11,000 raised for charity

Take your opportunity to sing at the Royal Theatre

Great Canadian Sing debuts Sept. 8 with inspirational music, talented performers, singalong format

PHOTOS: Inside the opening of the expanded Westhills Stadium

The grand opening of the expanded stadium in Langford is on schedule for Aug. 24

Award-nominated Snotty Nose Rez Kids headline Indigifest 2019 coming to Victoria

Scheduled for Aug. 24, the event is a showcase of Indigenous musicians from around B.C.

Cycslists were all smiles during ninth Tour de Victoria

More than 2,100 cyclists participated

QUIZ: How much do you remember about Woodstock?

Weekend music festival in Bethel, New York, was held 50 years ago

B.C. VIEWS: Log exports and my other errors so far in 2019

Plastic bags, legislature overspending turn out differently

‘It’s just the freedom:’ Paralyzed Broncos player pursuing life on the water

The former Humboldt Broncos goaltender, who started in the net when he was nine, was paralyzed last year

Canadians killed in Afghanistan honoured during emotional dedication ceremony

One-hundred-fifty-eight Canadian soldiers died during the mission

It’s snow joke: Up to 30 cm of snow expected to fall in northeastern B.C.

Alaska Highway, Fort Nelson to be hit with August snowstorm, according to Environment Canada

Sea-to-Sky Gondola in B.C. likely out of commission until 2020

Sea to Sky Gondola carries between 1,500 and 3,000 people every day during the summer season

Helicopter-riding dog Mr. Bentley now featured on cans of new B.C.-made beer

Partial proceeds from every pack go to Children’s Wish

PHOTOS: Weapons seized at Portland right-wing rally, counterprotests

Not all who gathered Saturday were with right-wing groups or antifa

Ferries employees participating in Denman Island cleanup for plastic-shedding ferry

The cleanup comes a few weeks after one organized by residents of the Island

Most Read