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Hugh McFadyen is a walking hemorrhoid
One of the perks of being a registered company in this great province of ours is that you get on the mailing lists of approximately one million (give or take) different flyer servicing companies and ‘business-targeted’ publications. The amount of paper wasted on this crap is unreal. But the highlight of our month is always the day that Manitoba Business Magazine arrives. It’s consistently filled with insight into Manitoba’s innovative and fast-growing business sector, and editorializing on how the business climate in Manitoba could be improved. Riveting stuff!
This month’s cover story features Manitoba’s Conservative party leader Hugh McFadyen. The interview – titled “Manitoba’s next premier?” and conducted by none other than MBM’s editor in chief Ritchie Gage – had the G7 office in incredulous stitches.
MBM: From personal observation, I would say that street crime downtown during the daytime is serious. It appears we’re in need of a cleanup.
This question, to start with, is un-fucking-believable.
McFadyen: There is no doubt that crime is a full-blown crisis … I have heard over and over the types of personal crime – such as people being attacked in the street, break-ins and drug-related crimes. No doubt drugs play a role in almost all of it, because addiction pushes people to steal.
If by “full-blown crisis” he means “the crime rate is consistently dropping every single year”, then yes, he makes a great point. Of course there is still crime – and sure, some of it is drug-motivated – though far more of it is likely economically-motivated, in that a large majority of the people who live downtown are fucking poor (!).
So given that addiction (and poverty) are the source of much existing (street) crime, what’s the rational policy response?
McFadyen: We must deal with it with resolve. Sentencing is one point and Crown prosecutors need to have the resources they need to reduce backlogs. Backlogs produce unwanted plea bargains. There needs to be greater capacity in provincial jails to ensure people will serve their full time.
Will someone get a giant tube of Anusol to smother this guy with? The answer to addiction and poverty (OK – he never says poverty is a source of street crime – but only an living asshole would deny this … oh, wait) is to put more people in jail, and for longer? OK.
The disconnect continues …
MBM: There is a growing urban aboriginal population coming off reserves … many are living in the inner city in bad housing conditions in crime-ridden neighbourhoods. How would you deal with this?
McFadyen: It is a significant challenge but it is important to note that there is a history of self-sufficiency among aboriginal people going back centuries … strong families which supported each other and they had strong connections with the land. Something has gone horribly wrong in the past 150 years. (emphasis added)
Something? Something has “gone wrong?” What exactly do you think that might be Hugh? What exactly has the history of Canada over the past 150 years looked like to Aboriginal people?
Chris has tossed around some ideas about the possibility of right/left brain structure being responsible for the types of people in the world who see obvious connections between things like history and current reality, action and reaction, etc, and those who simply don’t. That perhaps this can explain history’s successes and failures in terms of equality and justice. And that maybe people like Hugh McFadyen can excuse their insanity with their own synaptic reality.
I think dude’s probably just a douche-bag.