Tough guy goes against type in en­dors­ing Green party

Cape Breton Post - - COMMENT - Mor­gan Duch­es­ney Ottawa (for­merly of Bad­deck)

Hockey “en­forcer” Ge­orges Laraque’s pub­lic de­ci­sion to join the Green party must be wor­ri­some for the NHL and its cor­po­rate ad­ver­tis­ers from the oil and auto in­dus­tries. I’m sure they would have pre­ferred he stick to shilling ra­zor blades or shav­ing cream.

Laraque, in an ap­par­ent act of de­fi­ance, seems will­ing to break ranks and cre­ate cog­ni­tive disso- nance among his more mal­leable peers who seem con­tent to en­dorse the lat­est four-wheel fan­tasy.

While many pro­fes­sional ath­letes lend their names to ex­cel­lent causes such as men­tal health aware­ness and an­i­mal wel­fare, it is rare for a fa­mous player to af­fil­i­ate of­fi­cially with a con­tro­ver­sial topic like en­vi­ron­men­tal­ism.

That be­ing said, the Green party may need an en­forcer to mus­cle its way into the House of Com­mons un­der the cur­rent rules.

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