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The plight of politics

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Elsie Hambrook makes the case that we should cease with the cheap politician jokes.

A few days ago, in a rousing speech at the women’s conference that accompanied the Congrès mondial acadien, former Minister of Labour Claudette Bradshaw made a comment that made me think. She said if we want to help get more women into politics, one thing we need to do is to stop bad-mouthing politicians in front of our children.

Most everyone freely and openly dumps on politicians. If politicians were an identifiable group, they would be said to be “persecuted.” I hear some of you saying, it’s not persecution if they deserve it. But is this really true?