I like a politician who apologises and means it. It’s refreshing. I’m hoping that’s what happened with Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown. It was a mistake talking about repealing, and changing the new Sex Ed curriculum amidst a by-election that promises to be a close one.
Does he mean it though? He says he didn’t know about the letter written to constituents in Scarborough Rouge-River. He was in the north when he’d heard about it. He refuses to say who wrote the letter. He could get away with saying “I’m dealing with it internally.
Could this be a strategy? The battle has be fought already. There is no point in revisiting it. The Sex Ed curriculum is the type of thing where nobody would be happy no matter how many changes were discussed, or parents consulted with. So why suddenly drop that letter?
It might come down to that by-election. This is said to be a close one in that riding. If you were to get a hot issue (Sex ed curriculum). Then give people- or say you will give them what they want (promise to repeal, and or adjust it) it could give you a seat in the Legislature. A message going to that specific area creating enough hope for some people would sway votes, even if it was ambiguous.
The apology works two ways. First the negative: He creates doubts for the rest of us in leaving the door open a crack. The question of the letter’s author will hang over his head for a while. If he clarifies his own stand on the issue it goes away. If he doesn’t we’re looking at yet another P.C. leadership campaign following the 2018 provincial election.
On the positive side he looks like a leader. He’s wise enough to realize when he’s wrong, and smart enough to admit it. He is gracious enough to admit when someone else has a good idea. Ultimately this is what I’m sure party executives hope will happen.
Only time will tell if this is an apology or strategy.