July 8, 2019
July 8, 2019 8:23 PM EDT
Professor Amir Attaran, of the University of Ottawa, is pictured on June 14, 2019. (Jean Levac, Postmedia News)
I’m not sure that he could have sounded more elitist and condescending if he tried.
Amir Attaran, an activist, lawyer and professor at the University of Ottawa, took to Twitter and called the Conservatives, “the party of the uneducated.”
Not surprisingly, plenty of people took offence at his remark. He was called smug, arrogant and worse and then the good professor went about proving his critics that they were right.
When Toronto Sun Editor-in-Chief Mark Towhey said that Attaran believes he’s “superior to hard-working Canadians,” the pompous fool couldn’t help himself.
“No, I’m certainly not superior,” Attaran replied to Towhey.
“But I am willing to put my finger on a fact most are scared to admit: That statistically the least educated vote Conservative. Which is why Conservative governments offer numbskull policy, like buck a beer. Do you deny it?”
Hmmm, says he not superior but then says the least educated vote Conservative for their “numbskul policy.”
Na, that’s not elitist and condescending!
And what’s wrong with buck a beer anyway?
First off, government shouldn’t be regulating artificially higher prices on any product.
Secondly, not everyone makes a cushy publicly-funded salary. The Sunshine list, which requires all agencies receiving provincial money to publicly post the names and salaries of those earning at least $100,000 a year, shows that Attaran makes more than $184,000 annually.
Although, I know plenty of people without degrees that make that kind of dough.
What sparked Attaran’s original comment was a data point from a recent poll by Abacus that shows the Conservatives have a lead among those with just a high school diploma and the Liberals lead among people with post-graduate degrees.
Strange thing is when it comes to people with college diplomas or undergraduate degrees, the Conservatives and Liberals are pretty close. The Liberals have the support of 35% of those with an undergrad degree, the Conservatives 31%. Among those with a college diploma, 31% back the Liberals and 33% the Conservatives.
I’d say those people are educated and they are just as likely to vote Conservative as Liberal making Attaran’s analysis deeply flawed.
What really seems to bug Attaran are those “numbskulls” that only have a high school diploma because 37% of those voters back the Conservatives compared to just 25% of the “uneducated” backing the Liberals.
It’s as if Attaran is saying, “Why can’t the dummies vote like me and all the smarty pants?”
Radio host Evan Solomon interviewed Attaran on air Monday afternoon and asked him if he would apologize for his remarks.
“Oh goodness no,” said Attaran, “of course not.”
He then went on and on about all these “poorly educated” people voting Conservative.
“I think that’s dangerous for the country,” Attaran said.
Well I was wrong, he tried and he did sound more elitist and condescending.
My late father was one of those “uneducated” people that Attaran is sneering at.
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He finished high school, took an apprenticeship and became a boilermaker. That “uneducated” man was part the crews that built power plants across North America, built and refitted steelworks and manufacturing plants.
My stepfather is one of those lowly college graduates that also lean towards the Conservatives. He helped write the computer code to run a major steel mill and taught the next generation of coders.
There are stories like that across the country in family after family. People who do the work to keep this country running and pay the taxes to keep Attaran in his ivory tower.
I’d invite Professor Attaran to come down out of his tower and meet some of these folks, but I get the sense he wouldn’t like them.