Liberal Leader Apologizes for Twitter Attack on Tory Minister
Political mudslinging is not a recent phenomenon. From the dawn of democracy in ancient Greece until the present day, politicians of all stripes have gone to great lengths to malign their adversaries' reputations. During this 2012 US presidential campaign, the negative advertising seems unceasing.
Although we are not currently in the midst of a re-election year, Canada is not immune to politicians engaging in their treacherous ways. A recent social media campaign caused a great deal of embarrassment for a minister of the governing party, and a major headache for the official opposition.
The trouble started when Public Safety Minister Vic Toews sponsored a controversial bill which would allow officials to obtain Canadian internet subscriber's information including name, address, phone number and e-mail address--all without a warrant. Civil libertarians became alarmed. Debate swirled within the Canadian House of Commons. Members of the opposition Liberal and New Democratic parties attacked the proposed bill, C-30, calling it an attack on privacy. The Minister became enraged over the debate, saying to a Liberal public safety critic in the House he could "either stand with us or with the child pornographers."
Soon after, an anonymous Twitter account with the handle @Vikileaks30 emerged, exposing dirty tidbits about Vic Toews private life, including his messy divorce proceedings. Politicans and media were in an uproar over the account. The now defunct Twitter account had several thousand followers at its peak in mid-February. It was determined that the Twitter account originated from an IP address on Parliament Hill (the seat of federal government) in Ottawa.
It was discovered this week that the source of the Twitter expose was a Liberal Party staffer named Adam Carroll. The Parliament Hill aide resigned from his position in the party's research bureau on Monday as a result of the Vikileaks scandal.Continued on the next page