Opposition leader Dwight Ball says an increased level of personal attacks by PC MHAs on opponents of the Muskrat Falls project is “very disturbing,” and indicates that there are no moral limits to where the Dunderdale government will go.
Ball said in a news release he finds it “deeply disturbing and repugnant to hear member of the House of Assembly Steve Kent argue during a media interview that imputing personal motives of persons on the other side of public policy debates is not only permissible but desirable.”
The Liberal leader said this attitude will have a “chilling and corrosive effect on the public's participation in the issues facing the province. When it has become official government policy to use the machinery of government to attack the motives of critics, why would anyone say anything?”
Ball said it's been a longstanding principle of public discussions that you attack the position, not the person.
“The hypocrisy of government's policy to attack the personal motives of critics is incredible,” said Ball. “They feel entitled to make personal attacks while they vigorously protest whenever their own motivations are called into question.”
As the public debate on Muskrat Falls continues throughout the fall, Ball said government must listen to the message instead of attacking the messenger.