You may recall that the Manitoba Tories had a lot of fun at the expense of Deputy Premier Rosann Wowchuk a while back when they released a photo of her driving on Portage Avenue while talking on her cell phone.
They posted the picture online — and later turned it into a fundraiser, in which supporters could buy one or more "virtual cell phones" for $10 each.
The point was that a government that was banning drivers from using hand-held phones — the law has been passed and will take effect later this year — should follow its own rules.
Now, I don’t have a photo as proof to post with this blog, but I did spy with my little eye a high-ranking member of Conservative Leader Hugh McFadyen’s staff drive away from the Legislative Building Thursday morning while holding a cell phone to his ear.
I was on foot at the time and he was still on the Legislative Building’s grounds when I saw him on the phone.
It could be that after he passed by me — and before he swung onto Assiniboine Avenue a second or two later — he put his phone away. I will never know for sure.
But politicians of all stripes and their staffs — and journalists, too, for that matter — will find it darn hard to break old habits, I wager, as the proclamation date for the new law approaches.
And Rosann Wowchuk won’t be the only one to be labelled a hypocrite.
-By Larry Kusch