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Hugh McFadyen is a walking hemorrhoid

Posted by on 12/01/06 (Shite)

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.

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  • Comment by Kyle on December 1st, 2006 at 7:43 pm:

    Yeah, it’s seems like people easily (and conventiently) forget that the ‘American’ Aboriginal population existed outside of European and Christian tradition/acknowledgement.

    It bothers me. I was complaining about something similar while talking to a professor of mine recently. She immediately bought me a copy of Taiaiake Alfred’s “Wasáse”. I’ve only read the introduction and back-cover comments so far, but I’ll recommend it anyway.

  • Comment by opiate for the assess on December 2nd, 2006 at 1:13 am:

    war is peace
    freedom is slavery
    ignorance is strength

    now hurry along wintson you are late for the 3 minute hate.

  • Comment by Jon UK on December 2nd, 2006 at 11:47 am:


    Sounds like a politician to me. They’re all the same.

  • Comment by bits on December 2nd, 2006 at 5:21 pm:

    yeah,im so shocked my pubes are standing on end.

    This article just proves that the system works! This pile of shit obviously has little in the way o’ innovative solutions to our “downtown problems” and that’s why he was never elected. We elect proud strong leaders who have great solutions, like mandatory ID for spray-paintcan purchases! (Oh, and of course more prisons)!

  • Comment by Hairhole on December 2nd, 2006 at 8:14 pm:

    Fuck, whatever. It’s all gonna change now with the new charismatic Liberal leader. In Glen Lambert-like fashion (God rest his soul in bathtubs of hot God semen), I believe he ran on the platform to ‘make politics sexy’.

    It really would be nice to see Canada have the worlds dorkyest leader though…

  • Comment by Anthony on December 2nd, 2006 at 9:54 pm:

    Hughes can lick a fat one. He should’ve joined the “Heavens Gates Away Team”.

  • Comment by Marc on December 2nd, 2006 at 11:38 pm:

    Is there a link to the full interview?

    As far as I know, criminal prosecution works within small workgroups consisting of a prosecutor, defense attorney, judge, and courtroom filers. These people are in charge of moving the docket and dealing with plea bargains – the whole situation is insulated from politics. Unless you were to pass legislation that forced that small workgroup to curb plea bargaining (which is ridiculous – 2/3s of guilt verdicts are plea bargained!) ..then I just don’t see that happening.

    I don’t know too much about the guy..but he sounds just like another talking politician.

  • Comment by mikea on December 3rd, 2006 at 11:47 am:

    Here’s what France _through the voice of her Interior Minister, and possible futur president_ has to offer a response to “street crime”:

    “You’ve had enough of this gang of scum, haven’t you? Well we’re going to get you rid of them”, said Nicolas Sarkozy to residents in a Paris suburb the day after a night of ‘riots’. ‘Riots’ that were obviously not motivated by the immeasurable social and economical distress -as well as the racist and islamophobic overwhole climate- in which live those (very often no older than) 17-year-old “criminals”, often the grand-sons of immigrants coming from the country’s former colonies in Africa to work in the actual rebuilding of the the country after WW2, and soon abandonned -at all levels- by the various governments.

    And Mr Sarkozy to add a few days later:
    “I’ll clean up the surburbs with a Kärcher” (=industrial pressure washer)

    For a brilliant analysis on the rise and functionings of the current model of ‘penal state’ that prevades in western societies, which’s task clearly seem to be to marginalize and ‘punish’ the (curiously non-white) poorest sections of urban populations, I recommend the works of sociologist Loïc Wacquant. Not everything of his is easy to find in english (though the guy teaches in Berkeley), but it’s really worth the search, i believe.

  • Comment by longy on December 3rd, 2006 at 11:52 am:

    Hugh is most proud of one accomplishment is his life – his family. After a long day at work, Hugh looks forward to spending time with Rachael, who is four and James, who is one and a half. “They make me laugh,” said Hugh, “and they remind me that not everything in life has to be serious.”

    Not everything in life has to be serious people.Spread the word.

    Do the G7 folks ever vote for local politicians?

  • Comment by Marc on December 3rd, 2006 at 1:42 pm:

    Yeah..that Sarkozy guy is in-fucking-sane. I remember some of the crazy shit he said during the riots in France around this time last year.

  • Comment by caítlin on December 3rd, 2006 at 4:19 pm:

    Its actually pretty fucking cool that kids in france mobilised against him though. I mean, we have so many sinister bastards in our government, but we’ve never had demonstrations like the CPE. I remember one poster at the demo I went to in Paris that had Chirac, Sarkozy and Villepin with the caption “comment pedre elections” [how to loose elections]. Not bad.

  • Comment by tom on December 3rd, 2006 at 5:49 pm:

    i’m so not shocked about this at all…we all agree that the world we live in is about as backwards as puking out of your ass right? well, here’s is a prime example of the direct human connection to the perpetuation of oppression…asspuke on his fucking face, you stinking manitobans!

    meanwhile, quebec is now a nation! apparently, we beat the native people to it! yay canada!

  • Comment by tom on December 3rd, 2006 at 5:53 pm:

    oh and mark, the judicial system i think is somewhat uninsulated from politics. its an intrinsic facet to this utter nonsense we liek to call enforced justice. judges are not elected by the people are they? obviously these poor people who live in the ghettoes of winnipeg, who have been targeted by politicians, the police, and in effect the justice shitsem. and i doubt they can afford “proper legal advice.”

  • Comment by Marc on December 4th, 2006 at 8:47 am:

    Hmm, you may be right. I’m stupidly thinking of how judges are elected in the US. I’m interested to know how it differs in Canada.

    In the US MOST of the time it works like this: You have an elected official (a governor) get a list of nominees for judgeship – lawyers give half the names- to ensure the judge is well-known and competent, and the other half are from non-lawyers.

    The politics come in when judges come up for retention elections – people decide whether or not to keep him.

    Other times, judges are directly elected from the people. At all times judges have a political check by the people. But to be honest, people don’t/can’t follow the thousands of court cases that flow through the docket – and will most likely not waste time on judicial politics. Retention elections only matter on contentious issues.

    You’re right, Tom – the police are the most fundamental part of criminal law..and, statistics grant the generalization that the judge trusts the police over a suspect in terms of the validity of exigent circumstances, 4th, and 5th amendment rights. So in a way, the system can be geared to attack the poor if only one part of the system, the police, are corrupt.

    My professor who clerked for a judge in New York told us a story about how police were coming to criminal courts on a daily basis and saying suspects “dropped” drugs..allowing them to claim exigent circumstances and bypass the 4th amendment of unreasonable search and seizures. In reality, they were probably just going around the neighborhood and patting people down for no tangible reason. This was happening *every day*.

  • Comment by tom on December 4th, 2006 at 11:39 am:

    i thought that judges were appointed in both the U.S. and Canada? hmmm…

    also, it’s not only the police who are corrupt. it’s policy makers and legislation officials (i.e. politicians) who create these absurd laws and policies, which police forces implement.

    i think the system is not only geared to oppress the poor, it was built on the bakcs of the poor, and made to protect the rich and powerful. sure, you can extend rights and freedoms to more and more people, but in the end, this shitstem fundamentally requires oppression.

  • Comment by Marc on December 4th, 2006 at 2:05 pm:

    Again, I don’t know anything about Canada and am dying to visit but…

    Federal judges are appointed, right. State judges – the context of McFayden’s argument.. are elected. In order for something to be a federal crime, the crime has to fall under a few categories (it has to concern a constitutional question, or if someone committed a crime against a federal officer, etc) – so federal courts are of limited jurisdiction and try much fewer cases. Actually, there’s a small percentage of states that allow governor’s to appoint judges – i think like one or two states.

    Yeah, I totally want to read into the legislation some time.

    I’m sorry if my writing is a bit convoluted, I have a hard time articulating what I want to say. Gotta work on that. :)

  • Comment by scotty on December 4th, 2006 at 7:13 pm:

    Ursula is a hoe-bag


  • Comment by mikea on December 5th, 2006 at 5:57 am:

    “i think the system is not only geared to oppress the poor, it was built on the backs of the poor, and made to protect the rich and powerful.”

    Obvious. I totally agree. And jails are the masters’ finest mean of control. I assume we all agree “street crime” is the for the most of it the result of social and economical oppressions; it’s in the best interest of the ones in charge, almost always coming from the most priviledged sections of the population and/or living in a relationship of inter-dependence with such elites, to lock the poor in jail. By doing so, they not only put people in prison but also put social unrest behind bars. When you’re a politician and you wanna keep your throne, either you choose to pretend to deal with the roots of social unrest _namely, the concentration of wealth in the hands of the few_ ,either you choose to get rid of this social unrest and its physical incarnation, namely, the poor.

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