For­get stateswoman, Camp­bell plays troll

Simcoe Reformer - Times-Reformer - - OPINION -

It’s quite an elite club, that of for­mer prime min­is­ters of Canada. There are cur­rently only seven peo­ple who are mem­bers.

It’s also a role that, while not an of­fi­cial job, still car­ries great re­spon­si­bil­ity.

There are cer­tain du­ties one holds as a for­mer PM, pub­lic du­ties, that one con­tin­ues to per­form through­out the rest of your life. Gen­er­ally, for­mer lead­ers com­port them­selves as in­for­mal am­bas­sadors for the coun­try, un­der­stand­ing they have passed the torch of pub­lic ser­vice to an­other and that their re­tire­ment from pub­lic life, while it may not take them out of the pub­lic eye, is more on the side­lines rather than in the mid­dle of the fray.

For­mer prime min­is­ter Kim Camp­bell has re­cently been slip­ping into the fray. And that’s putting it mildly.

Camp­bell, who served a short stint as PM in 1993, is typ­i­cally not a news­maker but is now mak­ing head­lines for all the wrong rea­sons.

On so­cial me­dia, Camp­bell re­posted a video of US. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump dis­cussing his calls for a south­ern bor­der wall and left her own com­ment on top: “He really is a moth­erf---er”

It’s un­ac­cept­able for any pub­lic fig­ure to call any other pub­lic fig­ure that word, let alone a for­mer prime min­is­ter of Canada hurl­ing it at the sit­ting Amer­i­can pres­i­dent.

Jaws dropped im­me­di­ately in re­sponse to her com­ment.

Camp­bell later deleted the Twit­ter post but of­fered no apol­ogy.

In­stead, she at­tempted to ra­tio­nal­ize it, point­ing out how she was merely echo­ing the same lan­guage re­cently used by a Demo­cratic law­maker.

A pe­rusal of Camp­bell’s so­cial me­dia feed sug­gests she spends a sig­nif­i­cant amount of time oper­at­ing within an anti-Trump echo cham­ber.

Ev­ery­one of course, in­clud­ing Camp­bell, is en­ti­tled to their opin­ion and where Trump is con­cerned, and many have strong opin­ions.

But it’s un­seemly for a for­mer PM to add fuel to the par­ti­san hys­ter­ics oc­cur­ring south of the bor­der. Camp­bell isn’t some ran­dom Twit­ter troll.

We’ve crit­i­cized our cur­rent Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau for what we be­lieve is mon­u­men­tally bad judg­ment in snip­ing at Trump, the leader of our clos­est ally and our largest trad­ing part­ner. We may dis­agree with many things U.S. pres­i­dents say and do, but the PM should leave Amer­i­can pol­i­tics to the Amer­i­cans.

From our per­spec­tive, it’s equally bad form for for­mer lead­ers to do the same thing.

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