Friday, March 31, 2006

Colin Mayes

The Bill Graham Unintentional Irony AwardTM goes to ...

Colin Mayes
Conservative MP, Okanagan-Shuswap

... for his suggestion that journalists be "hauled off in handcuffs [if they] fabricate stories, or twist information and even falsely accuse citizens."

Because politicians never do this.

I was going to suggest the Joe Volpe Say Something Dumb AwardTM, but I'm too pretty to be "hauled off in handcuffs".

Updated: Mr. Mayes has retracted his statement. I don't know if he has to return the award yet. I'll have to take it back to the Academy.

All kidding aside, I think it was the right thing to do.

Updated x 2: Thanks to an anonymous commenter, I think Mr. Mayes gets to keep the award since he was sued for libel.
The former mayor of Salmon Arm, who resigned to run for the Conservative party in the federal election, is being sued for libel and defamation. Colin Mayes wrote a letter that was published in the Lakeshore News newspaper. It was in response to allegations Greg Husband made during his unsuccessful campaign for the mayor's job about the city's financial affairs and the circumstances surrounding the building of a new city hall and court house in Salmon Arm. Husband says after consulting a lawyer, legal action is the only way he can clear his name in the community. His lawsuit also names the newspaper and its publisher, alleging the headline to the letter was defamatory.
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