Politics has hit a new low if judged by the website http://www.boycotUCPdonors.ca, launched by the Alberta Federation of Labour. The seemingly magnanimous statement in the press release from the AFL as reported in the Taber Times edition of Oct. 14 reads “the goal of the website is to give Albertans the information they need to make informed consumer choices.” It fails to do so in that it belies the destructive tone of the entire release.
Since when did consumers start making consumer choices based on which political party a business supports? And what ethics do the AFL follow when they list the names of our local friends and upright community members who happen to operate enterprises that provide topnotch service and products? If the AFL, apparently supported by the NDP, hopes to dissuade voters from frequenting these establishments in the name of better informed consumer buying then they are failing. I intend to continue my shopping there and urge others to do the same.
Their tactics are shameful. I wouldn’t be surprised if a number of NDP followers aren’t embarrassed by this kind of campaign as well. Politics is a contest to win the hearts and minds of constituents and has a good side and a bad one. This one hits below the belly and needs to be whistled out of society’s arena as an unfair and reprehensible act of extremely poor sportsmanship.