|Jeffrey Simpson is so knowledgeable, he doesn't need to think|
Leave it to the senior senile sages of Globe and Mail to cough up columns that exist only in the fantasies of the author's feeble faculties. When Margaret Wente isn't blaming women for their own kidnappings and rapes, it is to you, Jeffrey Simpson, that from failing hands we throw the torch of uninformed journalism. Be yours to incinerate whatever reputation we had remaining.
In Saturday's column, economic columnist and Ottawa Senators irate superfan Jeffrey Simpson decried the NDP's "knee-jerk opposition to free trade". He takes the NDP to task in no uncertain terms:
But because the NDP fundamentally doesn’t like free trade, and because it unexpectedly won a bunch of seats in rural Quebec in the most recent election, the party will die on the free-trade hill to fight for continued and unaltered protection for dairy farmers. No thought will apparently be given to the food-processing industry (some of which is unionized), which dislikes supply management because it drives up important input costs for its products.
Nor will the NDP think of consumers, especially low-income ones, who spend more of their income on food and are hit with unnecessarily higher prices for basic commodities, including dairy products. Nor will the NDP applaud greater market access for Canadian beef and pork to the EU market, because it has no seats in rural Western Canada.
That's quite the condemnation! The NDP is a slave to Quebec rural interests; it cares little for low-income Canadians' high cost for food; it's indifferent to the well-being of Western Canadian beef producers. It all stems from an ingrained desire to pull the strings of the economy for the nefarious motives outlined above.This automatic opposition to free trade goes way back in the NDP and runs very deep. It bespeaks a philosophical distrust of free-market economics and globalized trade, and a desire to see trade “managed” by governments. It also reflects a strong dislike of anything fettering government’s ability to interfere in markets.
The only problem with this column is that none of this is true. Not a word. Not a jot.
This screed against the NDP is based on Jeffrey Simpson's gut rather than facts. The opposition parties have not spoken for or against Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) because no one knows its details. The official statement by the NDP, released the day before Simpson's column, makes it clear that every single assertion by the hack columnist is false.
In fact, they welcome a closer economic relation with Europe but until the details are known, they reserve their judgement until the facts are laid out in public.
So Jeffrey Simpson simply makes up the content of his column based on the fancy of his feelings. After all, going to the official NDP website and looking up "statements" is really hard work, you guys!
So congratulations Jeffrey Simpson for not letting the facts get in the way of your column. You uphold the Globe and Mail's sterling reputation which includes: plagiarism, racism and lack of research, with such aplomb that scores of Canadians will surely be throwing away $20 a month now for a digital subscription to the newspaper.
The Globe and Mail commentary section: where irresponsible journalists go to die.