There’s a fellow named Asif Hossain who is apparently running for the Progressive Canadian Party in the ‘Trinity-Spadina’ riding in Toronto. I first came across Mr. Hossain while browsing Canada.com’s Speakout area, specifically this message in response to an article about the Tories leading over the Liberals.
I was mildly interested in Asif, and did a quick Google search which lead me to the vivelecanada.com website, and a couple of posts of Hossain.
In one of those posts, it is there where Hossain indicates he is running as a Progressive Canadian.
Two things caught my interest. First, he’s using a University of Toronto email address in his campaigning. Whether he is a student or staff member, in my opinion, it is unethical to be using tax payer funded services to support a political campaign.
Secondly, on the Vivelecanada website, Hossain claims that he has access (scroll down to his post) to the former Progressive Conservative Party of Canada database for the Trinity-Spadina riding, which could be used in his campaign for this mysterious Progressive Canadians party.
Using this database would of course be illegal under PIPEDA. The collection of data on any persons can only be used for the sole purposes it was collected for. I very much doubt that the individuals listed in that data agreed to allow the PCPC to give away that information to any character that wants to run a campaign.
I pointed out both of these things to Hossain in my own Canada.com posting. Here’s how Hossain responded:
“Mr. Ian Scott – I pay a lot of money to go to the University of Toronto and do not see anything wrong with using this e-mail address as a student of that fine institution. The problem with you neo-cons is that you like to be outraged by silly petty things but not by anything that actually matters. Secondly, as a candidate in the upcoming election, I have access to my entire electorate, I do not need the old PCPC database. What is a Harper-ite doing at vivelecanada anyway? Was the U.S. Republican Party website down that day and you got bored?”
I’d invite any of you that agree that using publically funded Internet systems is unethical to email Hossain and let him know. Perhaps you can advise him that using tax payers money for his own political ambitions is not petty, but in fact is a major ethical issue, regardless if it is 150 million dollars, a roll of toilet paper, or an email address and internet access.
It’s quite interesting that Hossain tries to defend his use of the word “premiership” by suggesting it is a common synonym for “Prime Minister.” Technically speaking, he may be correct. But certainly it’s not common in Canada to refer to the Prime Minister of the country as the Premier. That term is commonly reserved for Provincial premiers, of course.
He doesn’t mind throwing the term ‘neocon’ around loosely, either. And, boy does he ever jump to some odd conclusions about me! A ‘Harper-ite’? And that last question of his certainly provides some insight into his mind as well. He sure is doing well for a political candidate huh? He’s already got the arrogance figured out.
And then he also suffers from logical fallacitis in his ad hominem and hasty generalization, not to mention the fallacy of exclusion. What in the world do they teach in Universities these days?
His response to the issue of using the database was also typically politician-ese. Instead of saying something like, “Yes, that would be wrong and I won’t do it,” (remembering the point of bringing this to his attention was the illegality of it), Hossain responds with silliness about the entire electorate of his riding.
Asif just might make a good politician after all! He doesn’t mind the thought of breaking the law, using tax payer money for his own ends, shows signs of being arrogant, responding in a silly manner, and seems to have no sense of logic!
Trinity-Spadina folks just might vote him in!