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Election 2019

The irony of the federal election candidates controversy

By Evan Sotiropoulos      

The next time a candidate is in the news for something inappropriate they did and said in the past, keep it in political context and ask yourself if the candidate actually represents the positions of their party. If it’s the leader themselves caught up in the inappropriateness, well, that’s a whole other story.

The Prime Minister's Office in Ottawa. reasonable case can be made that there is actually a need for and necessity of centralizing power and especially controlling—or at least trying to manage—the communications process and narrative if the prime minister and their party hope to be successful in the application of politics and implementation of policy, writes Evan Sotiropoulos. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

TORONTO—My article has nothing to do with the Justin Trudeau blackface scandal. While it is relevant to my subject, the genesis of this article preceded the recent bombshell revelation, so I decided to take no notice of it here. With this disclosure let us begin.

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