ROTHENBURGER – Dreaded words from politicians – ‘let me be perfectly clear’

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An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

WHENEVER WE HEAR the words ‘Let me be perfectly clear’ escape from the mouths of politicians, we’ve come to know that chances are what comes next will be neither clear nor perfect.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh was making himself perfectly clear the other day when a reporter asked him whether he’d stop construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline should he and his party form government.

It was a question that requires only a yes-or-no answer. But Singh waffled, obfuscated and, with perfect clarity, avoided answering.

He has made it clear, he declared, that he opposes the Trans Mountain expansion.

And, he said, he will assess the situation should he become prime minister.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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