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John McCallum’s secret shame


 

He drives a foreign automobile.


 

John McCallum’s secret shame

  1. Maybe he won it as an Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. casino prize.

  2. Dope. Just state what you own, praise the merits of international trade, decry protectionism and move the bloody H on.

    But, then, this is the Vimy-Vichy guy from years ago…

    Can’t anybody play this game?

  3. Like GM, Ford & Chrysler ain’t foreign? Like Asian and European car makers don’t have factories in Canada?

  4. It’s a good thing he isn’t a Tory. If he was, the critics would be baying for his blood after a slip like that.

  5. I` am trying to make myself care what kind of car McCallum drives——it`s not working—I don`t care.
    Oh, I get it—-he`s not supposed to lie about it.

    • Thank you – the shame is not in driving a foreign car (that’s merely politically stupid), the shame is in lying about it in such a clumsily and easily-verified manner, then having to walk back the comments later.

      A very amateur piece of “communication.”

  6. I decided a few years back that as a gesture of solidarity and support for local business that I would jettison my love for Japanese cars ( my small town only had Big 3 dealers at the time ) and return to NA models. I wound up with a Mitsubishi with a Chrysler label on it.

    • Can you even say that Chrysler is North American? 20% is still owned by Daimler and who knows who actually owns the rest through the private equity fund set up by Cerberus.

  7. Hmmmm – so now NDP, union types feel they should decide how a person spends their own money. This is actually scary.

  8. Policy people, policy. I don’t care what Stephen Harper does at home, I care what he does in the House of Commons and PMO. Same for McCallum. (but he shouldn’t make up stories)

  9. I couldn’t care less what kind of car he drives either. The point was that the only reason he made this lie was because of where he happened to be at that particular moment – in Windsor, home of thousands of auto workers from Ford, GM, Chrysler. Basically pandering.

  10. Stupid statement for him to make, but just once I’d like to hear something like “I drive an Audi because it’s better than what you guys are turning out, and I exercised my right to make a reasoned consumer decision. Make a better product and I’ll change my mind.”

  11. I don’t care about this either but even if I did…..who cares if it’s built in North America if it’s not built in Canada. And would his audience be happy if he said he drove a BMW built in the Carolinas or even better an Acura, Honda, Toyota or Lexus built in Ontario?

    Don’t think so. CAW does not often talk about the thousands of people employed in North America whose parent cos are German and Japanese.

  12. None of the usual Liberal HDSers here seem to have noticed a basic fact (perhaps Aaron could have done more with the title of this post to draw attention to it); this wasn’t just a mistake, or a stupid thing to say. No-one wants to call this what it is.

    Mccallum told a bald faced lie to pander to his audience. It’s not like it was a promise that he had no intenion of keeping, or a made up statement of support that his audience might find popular; he lied through his teeth about what kind of car he drives because he was in the heartland of GM & Ford and wanted to look like he supports them with his choice of car, when in fact he doesn’t.

    Is what kind of car he drives important? Of course not. Does the fact that he is willing to tell a deliberate, out and out lie to please his audience important? You be the judge. I’m sure if this was a Conservative we’d have 50 or 100 comments in this post instead of less than 20.

  13. None of the usual HDSers here seem to have noticed a basic fact (perhaps more could have been done with the title of this post to draw attention to it); this wasn’t just a mistake, or a stupid thing to say. No-one wants to call this what it is.

    Mccallum told a bald faced lie to pander to his audience. It’s not like it was a promise that he had no intenion of keeping, or a made up statement of support that his audience might find popular; he lied through his teeth about what kind of car he drives because he was in the heartland of GM & Ford and wanted to look like he supports them with his choice of car, when in fact he doesn’t.

    Is what kind of car he drives important? Of course not. Does the fact that he is willing to tell a deliberate, out and out lie to please his audience important? You be the judge. I’m sure if this Harper or Baird or Poilievre, we’d have 50 or 100 comments in this post instead of less than 20 (and probably MSM exposure as well instead of just local media)

    • So I guess that means he drives a late-model “Pandera”. I hear they’re great on mileage, but the wheels fall off once anyone scratches the paint. Sometimes they explode in your face.

    • He voluntarily CALLED AN HOUR LATER to say he made a mistake. NOBODY would’ve even checked.

      It’s not like he copied a speech from another world leader!

      And without googling, John, what is the make and model of your car and where was it made?

      • Why would I need google to tell me what make and model of car I drive? And why does what car I drive matter? For the record, I have never bought a car made by Ford, GM, or Chrysler, and likely never will, and the car I currently drive was made in Europe.

        He said he drove a Chevrolet. Are you suggesting that he needed google to find out that he didn’t drive a Chevy?

        And it’s pretty easy to send the correction an hour later when you’re no longer at the poltical event in front of the people your trying to impress, isn’t it?

      • And would you be calling it a “mistake” if it came from the mouth of a cnservative (deliberatly misspelled to avoid the rogue filter), or would you call it what it is? A lie.

        • Media spends far too much time on this stuff regardless. For example, I don’t think it was a lie that Stephen Harper said no deficit. I think he believed it! He made a mistake. I don’t think there was intent.

          Your point about it not knowing whether it was a chevrolet is fair.

          Maybe McCallum was lying – I concede you may be right – but I don’t care, and I wouldn’t care if it was a Conservative, because it just isn’t important.

          But most people probably do not know where their car was made. My “German” car was made in North America, my “Japanese” car was actually made in Japan and my last “American” car was made in Mexico.

  14. Testing…putting the word Cnservative (misspelled) allows it through.

  15. Very interesting…if I try to comment using the name of Harper’s party in my comment, the comment doesn’t get through. If I misspell the name of the party, it’s allowed through.

    Aaron, I know you don’t like them but I can’t imagine this is deliberate?

    • I spelled it right an it popped up right away. Let me try Liberal now.

      • *Phew*, no Liberal conspiracy at Macleans. I was worried.

      • Hmmm…I can’t post that word. It would seem the filter is “john g” specific. Wow. I’ve been selectively blacklisted.

        Help! Help! I’m being repressed. My freedom of speech is under assault!

        • The word L-i-b-s (remove the hyphens) is also filtered, thanks to a certain someone.

          • I can post the word Libs and Macleans will not censor me.

        • Conservative.

          • LOL

          • Conservative

          • Fixed?

          • A longer sentence with the word conservative in it, which wasn’t getting through before.

          • Hurray. Freedom of speech triumphs. I was about to get Levant involved.

  16. Testing…using the word Liberal is allowed through

    • Hah. I knew it.

      Media bias proved. :)

  17. Is it not possible that McCallum’s secret shame is that he doesn’t know what kind of car he drives?

    • For the record, I base this on the fact that, after all that, he apparently still hasn’t said what kind of car he drives. Not that it matters, but I think that makes it possible that he doesn’t know!

  18. Appropo of nothing, it’s virtually impossible to post anything with the word c0ckpit in it, unless you spell it like I just did? Why is that? Because it makes elementary school boys snicker?

  19. What kind of car a MP drives is a indicator of core beliefs.

    I don’t even know if Harper gets to drive a car, but Laureen Harper hauls the kids around in a mini-van.

    Anderson, the Liberal environment minister before the Dion era, drove a Prius (or some sort of small smart car). Living the values he was preaching.

    Any Liberal NOT driving a Prius/Focus/Jaris or equivalent, after attempting to impose a carbon tax and preaching the need to save the world from climate change to the unwashed masses, have some explaining to do.

    Mr. Layton, supposedly does not have a car and get around on bicycle. Good for him if true, but kind of rejects the work of the hardworking CAW.

    Any NDP not driving a CAW made car needs to be exposed for the anti-union hypocrite they are.

    The BQ politicians should drive products only made in Quebec. Snow mobiles and 4 wheelers and bicyles…. they should be able to get by on these.

    As free traders the CPC can drive whatever is made most effectively no matter where it is made. Nice to support a policy that you can actually apply to your real life.

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