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Canadians habituated to howling for political effect

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It might be going a tad far to say overstatement is killing our democracy.

Hyperbole in politics has been around since the world's second oldest profession followed the world's oldest profession into existence. U.S. President Donald Trump is hardly the first to have gained high office through gifted manipulation of the fibber's foghorn.

Yet we seem to have entered an era when things that could simply be said must be shrieked, and when ideas deserving of robust debate must be inflated beyond recognition to immutable ideological dictate.

Social media is the obvious scapegoat, but my sense is something more is turning the volume of virtually every message up to 11.

Think of the painfully silly kerfuffle over Conservative MP Michael Cooper's treatment of a witness at a recent Commons committee hearing studying online hatred. Cooper took umbrage at the president of the Alberta Muslim Public Affairs Council, Faisal Khan Suri, who linked last winter's mosque murders in New Zealand to "conservative" belief.

It was a point for fair objection and even........

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