I have just about had my fill of NDP concern troll, and massive hypocrite Charlie Angus.
Charlie has turned into the Appalachian carnival barker of Canadian politics.
Charlie loves to bully people on Twitter. He seems to forget however, that these people who he calls trolls, are taxpayers and voters who collectively support him as the NDP Member of Parliament for Timmins-James Bay.
In the past, I agreed with Charlie Angus on many policies, and admired his ongoing advocacy of First Nations people and communities, but something in Charlie snapped or changed when he lost the NDP leadership to Jagmeet Singh. His advocacy work is now being overshadowed by his belligerence and hyperbole on social media and in the House of Commons.
His general belligerence on social media cannot hold a candle to the hypocrisy on display regarding Jody Wilson-Raybould and the SNC-Lavalin story.
Here is Charlie Angus calling it an honour to be sitting across from Jody Wilson-Raybould, and how her testimony was a lesson in integrity.
Kind words, right?
Well, here is Charlie Angus telling Jody Wilson-Raybould that she lacks moral courage.
Here is Charlie Angus telling Jody Wilson-Raybould that she is appalling, non-existent, and has blood on her hands.
Here is Charlie Angus saying that he hopes Justin Trudeau fires her.
The failure of @Puglaas to show any leadership or direction on Indigenous justice has been one of the deepest disappointments of the Trudeau government.
"For Christmas I want Justin Trudeau to fire @Puglaas. The Justice file has been completely bungled." https://t.co/lzxLl9auid
— Charlie Angus NDP (@CharlieAngusNDP) December 18, 2018
How does Charlie Angus reconcile those statements to what he is saying now? The truth is, he doesn’t care to. Charlie Angus doesn’t care about Jody Wilson-Raybould, he doesn’t care about her truth – he only cares about the soundbite and the publicity. He is only looking to further his brand for what comes next.
Charlie has become a caricature of the angry NDP’er that continues to hold that party back. He seems to not realize that he clouds whatever relevancy and poignancy his message has with his constant and perpetual pious outrage.
Case in point? His embarrassing and deceitful questioning of Gerald Butts at The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.
I have had my fill of politicians like Charlie Angus, who use their platform as a bully pulpit and to not seek truth or change, but to further their personal brand without any thought on how their hypocrisy adds to the negative impression that Canadians hold about politicians and politics in general.