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Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Stan Keyes Weighs in?

Last month I drew a cartoon which compared ex-MP Stan Keyes' appointment as President of the Canadian Payday Loan Association to Muhummad Yunnus, Nobel Peace Prize winner who pioneered microcredit loans to the world's most poverty stricken. A comment was left yesterday under my blog entry concerning the cartoon from someone going by the name... yep... Stan Keyes. I don't know if it is in fact from the ex Liberal Martinite cabinet minister, but it sure sounds like him:

Graeme MacKay does not know me. He has never taken the time to speak with me. He has broken the first rule of journalism and made assumptions. He has not done his homework on the Canadian Payday Loan Association. Graeme MacKay passes judgement, attacks then runs and hides. Pretty shameful.

I know he was pretty p-o'd after the cartoon ran. Complaints by Keyes were fired off to my boss, and he was offered the opportunity to defend Payday loans through an Spectator Op-Ed piece which has yet to be delivered and printed. Looking forward to reading it, Mr. Keyes!

In other news, local campaign scrutiny activist Joanna Chapman writes in that she's a fan of my cartoons (at the bottom of the entry.)

 

Posted at 11:57 pm by Graeme_MacKay

The Hamilton Diggers
November 30, 2006   05:05 PM PST
 
He just makes it sooooo easy doesn't he?

We thought it was a brilliant editorial cartoon and a very apt comparison.
In our line of work, we see the impact of these loan shark operations on vulnerable people. If Stan paid any attention to the constituents he was supposed to be representing, he would realize how laughable his crocodile tears are in comparison to the very real desperation many clients of these payday loan outfits face.

Keep up the good work Graeme!
WLM
November 30, 2006   09:28 PM PST
 
Even viewers of 'Oprah' know those pay-day loan places are shady. They don't exactly help people stay out of debt. But perhaps that's what Mr. Keyes wants, people to get farther in debt so they have to rely on a Liberal government to bail them out.

It's a shame that after years in politics, he still doesn't have a thick skin.
Name
December 3, 2006   12:59 PM PST
 
Yet the positive results of microcredit hugely outweigh the negative of those few who default on their loans. The product is tangible business that lifts individuals out of hopelessness and extreme poverty. Payday loans just prolong the agony of people who can't pay their bills, and is often the opening act of declaring personal bankruptcy.
 

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