Friday, September 18, 2009


We saw how carefully everyone – reporters and various commentators – chose their words in the wake of the Michael Bryant incident, and for good reason: when police have laid charges, an ill-considered comment can potentially imply guilt before the matter even goes to court. In the internet/blog/Twitter world, it’s astonishing to see the kinds of defamatory comments that get instantaneously “published” when a public figure gets into trouble. So it was shocking indeed to see the words of former Conservative MP Deborah Grey, in response to the charging of fellow former Conservative MP Rahim Jaffer with impaired driving and possession of cocaine. “You get older, you’re supposed to be smarter,” Grey said. Under the law, all who are charged with any offense are presumed innocent unless/until proven guilty in court. Grey should be smarter, indeed. Kudos to Jaffer’s wife, Helena Guergis, MP for Simcoe-Grey and the minister of state for the status of women, who has refused any other comment other than to profess her love for her husband.

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