Thursday, May 22, 2008

Guy Giorno Fact for the Day

The news is swirling that Guy Giorno will be brought in to replace Ian Brodie as Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Chief of Staff.

Your Guy Giorno fact-for-today? Fans of the electoral reform referendum held last October here in Ontario may remember him as a supporter of MMP. Now you know - or, should have known.


Robert McClelland said...

Your Guy Giorno fact-for-tomorrow. He was an apologist for the apartheid South African government.

Jim (Progressive Right) said...

I did not know that.

This is the only reference I could find for it though and they seem to gloss over it (defending South Africa under apartheid hardly seems "traditional").

Those who remember Giorno from his student days aren't overly surprised by his rise within Conservative Party circles. In his early twenties, he exhibited a well-developed right of centre outlook. His Catholic Register columns, written in the mid-1980s, reflect a willingness to champion traditional, if politically incorrect causes. One such column defended the right of Ontario doctors to extra-bill in some cases, while another argued that South Africa-then in the last stages of apartheid-should not be singled out among nations for human rights violations.