A thumb on the scales

I’m told that the old expression about putting one’s thumb on the scales originated with dishonest merchants who tried to add a little weight to their sales by doing just that. It has become a synonym for corrupt practices, especially for corrupt political practices …


… so I am not surprised when I saw this, a few days ago,  from journalist David Akin, on social media:

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The Trudeau Liberals amended the election laws to restrict spending by government departments (a generally good idea) and political parties (but only because the Conservatives continue to beat the Liberals at fund-raising from ordinary Canadians) … but nothing, as David Akin says, prevents ministers and MPs from using government money ~ your tax dollars and mine ~ to travel across Canada and make “official” announcements.

In other words, the Trudeau Liberals have, unsurprisingly, put their thumb on the electoral scales as they try to influence voters, dishonestly, in the “pre-writ period:”

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None of us should be surprised, it is, by now, well known that Justin Trudeau is, to be charitable, ethically challenged, and that seems to apply to too many of his ministers, MPs and staffers, too, and some (but possibly not enough) Canadians seem to care about that.

Published by Ted Campbell

Old, retired Canadian soldier, Conservative ~ socially moderate, but a fiscal hawk. A husband, father and grandfather. Published material is posted under the "Fair Dealing" provisions (§29) of the Copyright Act for the purposes of research, private study and education.

4 thoughts on “A thumb on the scales

  1. Surely Sir, you’re not naive enough to believe that every political party ‘in power’ doesn’t go out across the country pre-election, spending money and making promises? I for one, can remember Harper doing exactly that and the Liberals and other parties complaining, this last election! I understand your partisanship, but really, it looks silly when you complain about the very things your party did previously .. .. .

    1. Actually, no matter the colour of team jersey, I’d bet a loonie that there’s a scramble for announceables just before any election. And I suspect once the writ is dropped, Ministers’ll be travelling as wanna-be MP’s, not issuing government (as opposed to party political) news releases.

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