CLERK OF THE PRIVY COUNCIL Michael Wernick said Thursday what everybody else has been thinking but hasn’t wanted to say.
“I’m worried that somebody is going to be shot in this country this year during the political campaign,” he said during testimony to the Commons justice committee.
He was supposed to be there to talk about the Wilson-Raybould affair but took the opportunity to express his deep concerns about what’s happening to Canada. For his effort, he’s been accused in the media of being partisan, but I say, thank you.
We all seem to be afraid of talking about the ultimate potential result of the verbal bullying that has become a part of life in this country, and others — that if we refuse to rediscover civility, leaders are going to be targeted by lone-wolf zealots who take loose talk as license to commit violence. They will see themselves as heroes.
A prime example lives south of our border. Many worry about the safety of Donald Trump but nobody says it for fear it will provide encouragement to the crazies who think they can solve everything with guns. But we need to acknowledge it.
We need to understand that using the wrong words, or using them poorly, can be as dangerous as using them in anger.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, former school board chair, former editor of The Kamloops Daily News, and a current director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He was awarded the Jack Webster Foundation’s lifetime achievement award in 2011. His editorials are published Monday through Thursdays, and Saturdays on CFJC Today, CFJC Midday and CFJC Evening News. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org