Friday, March 19, 2010

How long is the media's memory?

For an embarrassing story: long.

This afternoon, the Winnipeg Free Press is running a story about a long-time Conservative provincial politician, Marcel Laurendeau, deciding to run for the Liberals in his old constituency of St. Norbert.

Laurendeau served as a Conservative member of Manitoba's Legislative Assembly for 13 years, ending in 2003. During that time, he played a number of roles, including Deputy Speaker and Opposition House Leader.

As I'm sure he'd hoped, the Free Press headline publicizes the newsworthy angle of his switch to the Liberal camp, giving him ink that opponents without his background wouldn't get.

But he has to pay for that ink with a visit from an embarrassing story from his good old days at the Leg: a short-lived "kidnapping" in 1992, which left him locked in the trunk of his own car on Pembina Highway until he could be rescued.

Eighteen years and a political career have gone by; but for Marcel Laurendeau, unfortunately, the story is just too good for the media to resist.

Now, courtesy of the good folks at wikiHow, here are some tips on How to Escape from the Trunk of a Car.

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