John McCallum’s secret shame (II)


Chris Selley considers John McCallum’s car-related confusion.

That a Volkswagen- or Audi- or Subaru-driving politician might hesitate for even a split second when asked his automotive preference before answering truthfully, or declaring it none of anyone’s business, tells you just about everything you need to know about his chosen profession.

To be fair, it also probably tells you a fair bit about Windsor, a place where the most popular bumper sticker reads: “Out of a job yet? Keep buying foreign.” You could make the case that Windsor has long enjoyed a strange relationship with the rest of the country, but in the present circumstance—the highest unemployment of any Canadian city, still profoundly dependent on an industry the rest of the country couldn’t care less about—it is a particularly unique, and disenfranchised, place.

And I say this as someone who regularly returns there and is presently agonizing over the Windsor Spitfires’ playoff run.


John McCallum’s secret shame (II)

  1. Good grief – twice in a few days the LPC place other foot in mouth. I used to enjoy his fighting against Jimmy F. he had some good zingers but then this … go figure

  2. “Out of a job yet? Keep buying foreign.”

    I am not sure what the bumper sticker says about Windsor area people but it’s not positive since we don’t have a domestic automaker. A Corolla is no more/less foreign than a Camaro.

    • Indeed. What about buying a Civic? It’s arguably more ‘domestic’ than cars imported from Alabama.

  3. I understand why he did it, but it still looks bad. His lie was instinctive rather than premeditated, but it was still a lie.

  4. because he is a liar.

  5. I share McCallum’s shame: I do not own a North-American car. In fact, I only have owned one in my life, a 1976 Dodge Aspen bought in 1976 and driven until 1980.

    And now I can admit the reason for having subjected myself to this secret shame: to instill the discipline of the marketplace in the North-American automobile industry. Far was it from me to buy over-priced or slipshod products and encourage the North American industry to carry on as before. No, I voted with my wallet, and now can take pride in the fact that my message has gotten through and will force the industry to improve.

    And with that ability to add a spin to the bare fact that I refused to be had, I should be an economist (or at least a pollitician.)

  6. I’ve never felt so embarrassed as a Canadian. That’s it…I’m emigrating.

    God, this country is stupid.

  7. He was probably saving his own life. The union auto workers may have attacked him – their anger lately makes it seem like they would.

    About those neverending recalls on N. American cars……hmmmmm………

    And, since when does anyone have to right to tell someone how to spend their own money? Do all those union auto workers buy Canadian only products? NO! Try Wal-Mart and see how many auto workers shop there.

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