Right now Ontario is gripped in the midst of a provincial election. Well, gripped isn't really the right word, but none the less, the election is upon us. The hotel we're staying in right now was host to a big rally of one of the big three political parties. We rode in, saw them all in the lobby, and raced to our hotel room. It had been a long day and we weren't up to electioneering.
We got to the restaurant in the morning and I sat at the end of a long table, right across from Joe. Behind me to my left were two well dressed, well to do kind of guys. A few seconds later, into the restaurant came the leader of the political party, the one running to be Premier, along with the mayor of this said burgh. They chatted and introductions were done and everyone laughed just a little too loud. I looked over and caught the eye of the politician in the running to be the head of government. He nodded, I nodded. Done.
Then on their way out, all three of them stumbled into the wheels of my wheelchair, they were the only ones to have done so, I wasn't in the way, none apologized. The leader steadfastly looked away from me, I felt to avoid having to glad hand me. I wasn't in a suit and I was in a wheelchair - I just seemed to be so incredibly far below his radar. Yep, I felt unduly snubbed. On television later I saw his smiling face and him being welcoming and gracious to people. Why didn't I get that guy ... reasons ...
no cameras on - no need to be friendly
wasn't a rich, business type guy - no money to be gained for the campaign
simply doesn't consort with the disabled.
Who knows. But I'm left with a quandary. I've, on this blog, named some politicians who have done things that I thought needed lauded, I've named celebrities and judges who I thought needed to be named and shamed. But I've never used my blog ultimately in a political way, though I have lambasted the use of disability negative campaigns, but this is about a person and a person's behaviour.. Should I?
Is it important for me as a disabled guy to point out behaviour of those running for office, who engage in what I consider discriminatory behaivour towards me? Is that a duty? Even if it was the party I was going to vote for ... might still? Even if it was the party I'd never vote for ... ever?
Should I name names.
I leave the call to you?
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