Keith Beardsley: Tories choose to defend the indefensible in Cotler rulingSpeaker Andrew Scheer delivered his ruling Tuesday on the Conservative Party’s attempts to undermine Irwin Cotler in his riding of Mont Royal. The ruling referred to the organized telephone program conducted on behalf of the Conservatives, which left the impression Cotler might be leaving politics in the near future (opening the seat for a possible Tory win). This ruling certainly highlights the fine line between right and wrong in modern Canadian politics.
Common sense tells Canadians that what the Conservatives did was wrong. Common sense says that they had an opportunity to admit the wrong and move on, but they blew that opportunity.
No one except perhaps Tory House leader Peter Van loan believes the Conservative defensive talk point that this is about free speech.