Steven Fletcher isn't spoken of often. His appearances in the House are few and far between, but when he does speak, he seems to always find it necessary to insert a low brow partisan shot. In fact, his use of ad hominems is really quite staggering.
Reading this article therefore, wasn't really a surprise to me.
The event was hosted by the University of Manitoba Campus Conservatives on March 19 and billed as a chance to hear from Fletcher in his role as the minister of state for democratic reform.
Safruk said Fletcher spent most of the talk berating left-leaning student politicians, The Manitoban and the Canadian Federation of Students, referring to the newspaper as a "socialist rag" and repeatedly calling the CFS "loony."
The Conservative party seems not to have realised to this day that they are the government and have a responsibility to all Canadians. Of course Conservative policies are going to differ from Liberal and that is a valid debate to have, but these guys don't engage that way. They deride whomever they perceive to be their opponents and seem to forget that they are there for all of us.
You may not agree with the Liberal party policies, but I don't recall them using every photo-op, announcement or speaking engagement to Canadians as an opportunity to bash the opposition. There was a realisation that as government, you speak to all. You view the country as a unit, (diverse as it may be), not as we and them.
There are many things about this government that disturb me, but this constant need to divide, ranks right up there. It exposes the lack of maturity of the party and the thinking of those who inhabit it. It illustrates short term thinking that does nothing to move the country forward.
I think more attention needs to be paid to this manner of governance. Good on the University of Manitoba for highlighting it.