DISCUSSIONS: 4 – (May 5) Can politicians ever be believed again?

Ever think why you use an X to mark your vote? Could it be that you are rejecting that political campaigner by voting with an X?

Was there ever a time when politicians were trusted, could be trusted?


 Recently, Harjit Sajjan, Canada’s Defense Minister, made a claim that exaggerated his role in a military campaign in Afghanistan. Whether the statement was simply an error or a slip of the tongue made in the glare of TV lights or an outright lie, is beside the point.

The fact of the matter is that the public cannot trust anything any politician says, anywhere, anytime and about anything.

They doublespeak all the time
With due respect to George Orwell’s 1984, every politician everywhere may be guilty of doublespeak, though none play the communications game of verbal deception more assiduously than Trump.

Sajjan apologized for his misspoken claim very soon after making the statement. Trudeau rejected calls for Sajjan’s resignation and likely was justified in doing so. However, the situation is not resolved from another perspective. This politician uses alternate truths at will.

Now Sajjan claims that the Canadian military budget is grossly underfunded.

This claim is very difficult to digest given what transpired with this minister already.

What do you think?

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