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Some Hon. Racists

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This is the final week of the spring session of the House of Commons. Apart from all the responsible-government business left to wrap up, it is the last chance before the summer break for our parliamentarians to accuse one another of being racist.

Ahh, parliament, where nothing ever changes. The above passage is the lede to a column I wrote three years ago.  

Is Pierre Poilievre a racist, some are asking?

Pierre shouldn’t be too concerned — if history is any guide, getting called a racist by your colleagues is more or less a rite of passage in parliament; everyone gets accused of it eventually. 

Anyway, I’m with Kady – Pierre is probably guilty of nothing more than being an ignoramus.  But when it comes to being a member in good standing in the House of Commons, that’s clearly no serious impediment. 

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