Comment 130416

By KevinLove (registered) | Posted October 20, 2019 at 19:40:28 in reply to Comment 130414

Dear Ryan,

I strongly disagree with the goals of the Canadian "Yellow Vest" movement, and also of its French "Gilet Jaunes" predecessor. And I am not voting for a candidate of Mr. Scheer's party. But have we really arrived at the point where a fairly common crossing guard's vest is something that is politically unacceptable to show in a political advertisement?

The vest worn by the man shaking hands with Mr. Scheer is yellow with a unique and very distinctive orange stripe with a silver centre. A quick Google search shows that this unique and distinctive yellow vest is a pattern that is fairly commonly worn by school crossing guards.

See this photo

And this video

And this photo

And here

And this photo

And this photo

I could keep posting links, but I trust that the point has been made. This pattern of vellow vest with an orange stripe that has a silver centre is a fairly common school crossing guard vest.

Now, I would agree with you if Mr. Scheer's photo had a "Yellow Vest" demonstration in the background. Or any other hint whatsoever that the man was a member of the "Yellow Vest" movement.

In the absence of any evidence that points to the man being a member of the "Yellow Vest" movement, it is my belief that we should apply St. Augustine's Rule of Charitable Interpretation. In other words, of reasonable alternative interpretations, we should select the one that is the most positive. In this case, Mr. Scheer has clearly stated that he did not intend to show a member of the "Yellow Vest" movement. In the absence of contrary evidence, the most charitable interpretation is to take Mr. Scheer at his word.

After all, there are plenty of other reasons to not vote for a representative of his party. Many of those reasons are mentioned in your article, and I agree with them. So maybe we can let this one go.

Comment edited by KevinLove on 2019-10-20 19:41:59

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