Old habits die hard

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

Surely some­one in your ed­i­to­rial depart­ment must have seen the ma­jor faux pas in Wayne Young’s col­umn in the July 15 Guardian. It reads, “Prime Min­is­ter Pierre Trudeau fa­mously re­sponded, ‘Be­cause it’s 2015,’ when asked why gen­der par­ity was so im­por­tant.”

The very fact that the num­bers 2015 are in that sen­tence tells us that Pierre Trudeau is rest­ing in peace for some time now. And we all know Wayne Young was re­fer­ring to Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau.

What gets me is how it, the copy for that col­umn, went through ed­i­to­rial scru­tiny (or was sup­posed to) and no one caught the mis­take.

As for the pur­pose or di­rec­tion of the col­umn (re­mov­ing Amherst’s name from a park near Rocky Point), it is pos­si­ble that the PM may ac­tu­ally do that. But, hav­ing said that, we Is­landers are a dyed-in-the-wool peoples and most of us will con­tinue to carry on say­ing Fort Amherst the same way some of us still call that con­ve­nience store on the cor­ner of Wey­mouth and Eus­ton streets in Char­lot­te­town, Ken’s Cor­ner.

Old habits die hard.

Kathy Birt,

Mount Ste­wart

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