Ontario MPPs step in it with Nazi name-calling
Brian Lilley
June 3, 2019
June 3, 2019 8:33 PM EDT
Enough with the Nazi references already.
The Ford government was all up in arms on Monday after a New Democrat MPP made reference to Nazi propaganda mastermind Joseph Goebbels during debate in the legislature.
Then they had egg on their face when one of their own had to apologize for making the same reference a few months back.
NDP MPP Gilles Bisson was discussing the government’s plans for putting beer and wine in corner stores and their claim that it would create 9,100 new jobs when he made the Nazi reference.
“Joseph Goebbels, he was the director of communications,” Bisson said. “The head of communications, amongst some very other nasty things that he did in the Second World War, who as a propagandist used to say, if you say something often enough, loud enough, eventually people will believe it, right? And that’s all this is.”
That had the PCs denouncing him, saying the comparison had no place in political debate.
“MPP Bisson’s comments are repugnant and a trivialization of the systematic murder of six million Jewish people at the hands of the Nazi regime,” said PC MPP Stephen Lecce.
Lecce is completely right on all those points but he must have missed it when his own colleague Daryl Kramp made the same reference.
Last November, Kramp made reference to the Liberals green energy plan being sold in a way that would have made Goebbels proud.
He, like Bisson, issued an apology for the reference.
A search of Hansard, the official record of the legislature, shows that all parties have made reference to Goebbels over the years as a way to discredit their opponents.
Bisson though has made the comparison three times, including in 2012 and 1999.