Kudos to Bennett for speaking up
Hats off to Finance Minister Cathy Bennett for airing her experience in politics. The things she has been subject to, nasty social media messages sent by gutless, faceless lowlifes, is totally unacceptable.
Bennett has been tasked with one of the toughest portfolios in government, never more so than under the current economic problems that our province is facing. She has had little choice other than to deliver some serious medicine to tackle the problem, no pleasant task but a necessary one. Anyone truly understanding the reality of our current economic woes would realize that it will take more tough decisions, likely unpopular ones, to responsibly deal with the province’s financial situation.
The big tragedy in what Bennett had to say is that her personal experience reveals why so many good capable people, both male and female, do not want to get involved with politics. The personal abuse for the individual and their families is something very few are prepared to put themselves or their families through.
Those that attack with vile and threatening comments are the cause of a weakening political system.
We are very fortunate to have people such as Cathy Bennett and all of those who offer themselves for public office despite the disgusting attacks made by cowards who hide namelessly behind their comments.
Hopefully, Minister Bennett’s comments will help end this type of abuse, but I sadly doubt it. Constructive criticism is fine. Nasty, cruel and threatening activity must not be tolerated. Chris Collingwood writes from St. Philip’s