Published On: Wed, Aug 18th, 2021
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In Present-Day Campaigns, Parties Scramble to Avoid Becoming Targets of ‘Witch Hunting’on August 18, 2021 at 8:23 pm

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News Analysis The lead-up to the federal election call saw yet another ouster from a major party to prevent potential attacks from the opposition. On Aug. 12, the Conservative Party shed Yukon candidate Jonas Smith for his outspoken opposition to mandatory vaccination policies, a move some speculated was to prevent attacks on the Conservatives by other parties during the election campaign. “OUT: Policy debates. IN: Witch hunting,” said commentator Graeme Menzies on Twitter in reaction to the news. University of Toronto political science professor Nelson Wiseman says although the threat of smear tactics has always made candidates pause before running, they have even more reason to be wary in today’s political climate. “Now it’s got a lot more vile. But even before, if you go back 50 or 60 years, there was still enough dirt in politics that they didn’t want to go in. It’s now just heightened a lot,” … Save 10% on Citrus trees with code CITRUS

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