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COMMENTARY · 2nd October 2012
Merv Ritchie
Although it is based on a racist concept, there is an old adage referring to people accusing others when they are just as or guiltier of the indiscretion. It goes like this; “That’s like the Pot calling the Kettle, ‘Black’”

Below is a news release from the Federal Government of Canada. It is laughable when one considers the guilty plea by the Canadian Conservative Government after the previous election and today, after the more recent election, the one where the Harper Conservatives won their Majority where Elections Canada is still investigating voter intimidation, vote suppression as well as the Robo Call Scandal.

It does not matter who was responsible, the effect of the wrong doing during the previous federal election in Canada should deem the entire election invalid as well as all measures passed in the Canadian House of Parliament since the Harper conservatives took office.

To accuse any other jurisdiction of potential wrong doing when one is under investigation for crimes just as serious meets the standard of that old adage.


October 2, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of International Cooperation, today issued the following statement in response to the first interim report of the Mission Canada–Ukraine Elections 2012 electoral observation mission:

“The Canadian election observation mission’s initial findings regarding the parliamentary election campaign under way in Ukraine are troubling.

“Free and fair elections that represent the will of the Ukrainian people are still possible. It is not too late. We call on Ukrainian officials to address all irregularities in the electoral process thoroughly and as a matter of immediate priority.

“Canada stands strong as a supporter of the Ukrainian people as they seek to build a nation based on democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law. We will continue to closely monitor further reporting from electoral observers on the ground as the Ukrainian parliamentary elections approach, and will continue to raise these issues with the government of Ukraine.”

The report released today outlines a range of concerns with the present campaign, including allegations of restrictions on media freedom, procedural irregularities, incidents of vote-buying and undue pressure on candidates and campaign staff.

Mission Canada–Ukraine Elections 2012 is deploying 65 long-term and 365 short-term observers to monitor the October 28 parliamentary elections in Ukraine. The project is organized by CANADEM with the financial support of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada and the Canadian International Development Agency.

racist concept?
Comment by djb on 3rd October 2012
I have heard this old expression over the years, but alwasy assumed it was referring to the actual color of the kitchen utensils. ie if you arent clean yourself you have no room for judgement of others. ( pots and kettles both get blackened with use - at least they did genereations ago)