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Scheer should apologize for his apology

By Gerry Nicholls      

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer could have easily stood his ground and ignored the Liberal apology demands. But he didn’t.

Gerry Ritz, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna. Gerry Nicholls says Mr. Scheer has now set a precedent that could come back to haunt him; from now on, whenever any Conservative MP says something offensive, he will be called upon to offer a grovelling apology. The Hill Times photographs by Sam Garcia and file photographs

OAKVILLE, ONT.—Given the emotional and combative nature of politics, partisan jibes will always fly thick and fast, which means it’s important for politicians to learn the art of how to strategically parry insults. So how should a politician respond to an affront? Back in ancient Roman times the answer was you responded with savagery. For instance, when a Roman Senator named Cicero delivered a speech that insulted the consul, the consul’s response was to have Cicero murdered, then

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