Guardian at fault for weak in­ter­est

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

It is not sur­pris­ing to me that there is so lit­tle in­ter­est in the lead­er­ship of the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive Party.

The fact of the mat­ter is this, thanks to me­dia out­lets like The Guardian, pol­i­tics has be­come a com­pletely thank­less task.

For ex­am­ple, on Aug. 5, your news­pa­per pub­lished an ar­ti­cle that snidely at­tacked the Premier of our prov­ince - be­cause a road in the com­mu­nity was paved.

Now, part of the job of MLAs is to pro­tect the in­ter­est of their com­mu­nity. In many cases, that means en­sur­ing that trans­porta­tion in­fra­struc­ture is main­tained.

So, in ad­di­tion to lead­ing a gov­ern­ment that is ac­tively par­tic­i­pat­ing in the largest eco­nomic ex­pan­sion in Prince Ed­ward Is­land’s his­tory, the premier is also look­ing af­ter the safety of Is­land roads.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the premier is do­ing this while tak­ing a salary that’s less than the one to which he is en­ti­tled – and work­ing 12 to 15 hour days to boot.

But The Guardian has lit­tle time for such sub­stance. In­stead, it prefers to squan­der its weak­en­ing rep­u­ta­tion on click-bait sto­ries that ap­peal to the low­est com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor.

So, the next time The Guardian be­moans the woe­ful state of the Con­ser­va­tive lead­er­ship race, it may want to ex­am­ine its own con­tri­bu­tion to a con­ver­sa­tion that is off-putting, child­ish and shrill. Reg Af­fleck, Char­lot­te­town

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