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Somewhere in the middle is the truth...

Stop it! Stop it right now. I'm going to rip the tongue out of anyone who calls last week's tawdry episode NominateGate. Watergate was called Watergate because that was the name of the building the Republican plumbers broke into. It didn't have anything to do with a gate, except in a very historical context. Give it a rest, people.

As much as I'd like to get down in the social media pit and sling mud with the others - something at least as much fun as having a root canal without enough drugs to bring an elephant to its knees - I'm going to suggest we all move on to more important matters. I myself am going to move on to more important matters since there are more important matters to move on to.

And I'll move on to them... next week.

This week, I'm just going to pose some questions, make some observations and even call into question someone's forthrightness.

One of the relatively beautiful things about Canadian politics, compared to U.S. politics, is that campaigns are mercifully short. Municipal campaigns are a mere six weeks or less and only happen once every three years.

And not every one of those six weeks is as important as the others. The middle weeks are only so-so important. Gotta get ballots drawn up, get mail-in ballots out, important stuff but largely clerical in nature. From an outsider's perspective though, it seems as though there are two really, really important weeks - the week the candidates hand in their nominating papers and the week of the election itself.

In the world I live in, the person in charge of elections probably wouldn't choose either of those weeks to go on holiday. Just seems, well, professional, for lack of a better word, to stick around and make sure everything goes tickety-boo during those weeks. Without casting aspersions on the management of the RMOW or any one person's professionalism, I'll just leave it at that.

Regardless, one would, again from an outsider's perspective, figure whomever was in charge would peruse the candidates' papers as they were handed in. How long can it take? And, in fact, that's what happened. And whoever was in charge thought the papers were in order and let the candidates know as much.

But then, somebody sent in an inquiry. The guy whose team sent it in said there's a book, How to Win a Local Election , that says you should contact the Chief Electoral Officer and ask him/her to make sure everyone's papers are in order. If that's all there was to it, there wouldn't be anyone calling this NominateG#*e. But, and here is where it gets very he-said, he-said, the inquiry wasn't to check everyone's papers. It was to check specific papers signed by a specific nominator, ironically and most pointedly, including a candidate for the same office. That may have been an addendum to the book, written by Karl Rove.

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