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PRIME MINISTER EXHIBITS LACK OF EMPATHY

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@WAZOOWAZNY tweeted:

Working theory: Stephen Harper isn't so much a robot as he is a technological phenomenon. Thoughts?

Each week, reporters Adam Wazny and Mary Agnes Welch have a public chat on Twitter. This week's topic is the controversial comment Prime Minister Stephen Harper made in rebuffing renewed calls for a public inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.

@MAWWELCH tweeted:

Wish I could make a Commodore 64 joke here. But I think Harper knew exactly what he was saying and with whom it would resonate.

@WAZOOWAZNY tweeted:

Same thing we saw with l'affairs Steeves. Don't want to call it a lack of empathy, but there's a disconnect that's troubling.

@MAWWELCH tweeted:

Here, politics trumps empathy. Harper *knows* we have a "sociological" problem. But to name it means he must fix it.

@WAZOOWAZNY tweeted:

Self-preservation makes my heart sing. But I also think there's a level of DON'T CARE to this. It's not going to fix itself, guys.

@MAWWELCH tweeted:

Don't care stems from don't know. We are hugely ignorant about our history. Harper DOES know. That is the truly troubling part.

@WAZOOWAZNY tweeted:

Saving money over saving lives is a terrible trade-off. But when you don't need the votes why pay attention... Yay government!

@MAWWELCH tweeted:

Yay bloody-minded political calculation, is more like it. Huge voter turnout among indigenous people could change the equation.

@WAZOOWAZNY tweeted:

Which is why we won't see gov rush to go big picture. A phenomenal cycle of indifference on both sides, 'round and 'round we go...

@MAWWELCH tweeted:

Until 2015?

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 24, 2014 ??65528

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