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  • The checklist of politicians who ought to know higher however who get caught up in sexting scandals grows ever longer.
  • On At Difficulty tonight: How ought to a political social gathering deal with allegations of sexual misconduct?
  • It has been 48 hours because the most contentious and scrutinized American midterm elections in latest historical past, and one of many large questions for Canadians is what impression they will have on our relationships with the U.S.
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The politics of sexting

The checklist of males who ought to know higher grows ever longer.

Anthony Weiner — the previous U.S. congressman caught out sharing intimate photographs thrice and despatched to jail — stays the final word instance. However politicians of all stripes and nationalities appear to have problem maintaining their privates personal:

Former U.S. congressman Anthony Weiner leaves federal courtroom following his sentencing on Sept. 25, 2017, in New York. He was sentenced to 21 months in a sexting case that rocked the presidential race. (Mark Lennihan/Related Press)

And now Tony Clement.

On Tuesday evening, the former federal cupboard minister revealed that he was resigning because the Conservatives’ justice critic following an alleged blackmail try from somebody with whom he had shared “sexually specific photographs and a video.”

Yesterday, the married 57-year-old was suspended by his social gathering following what Tory chief Andrew Scheer recommended was a sample of troubling behaviour towards younger girls on varied social media platforms.

And now immediately, Clement has issued a press release admitting to much more acts of poor judgment and infidelity, in addition to a previous extortion try that he says he reported to the O.P.P final summer time.

Possibly it is simply that good telephones typically make us dumb, particularly when passions are at play.

Surveys counsel that sexting is both commonplace or rampant — with between 30 per cent and 89 per cent of adults having shared or obtained intimate photographs, relying on which information units you select to consider.

Nevertheless, most exchanges come inside a dedicated, or at the least informal, relationship. Simply 12 per cent admitting to utilizing photographs to assist them cheat.

Ontario MP Tony Clement has been requested to depart the Conservative caucus after sharing sexually specific photographs with an individual on-line. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

The the reason why individuals interact in sexting are directly apparent, and complicated.

Some discover it enjoyable or flirtatious, though the analysis suggests there are sturdy gender variations. Ladies who sext typically say they do it to please a companion, or improve intimacy. For males, it’s often a method to “fulfill sexual wants whereas maintaining their companions at a distance.”

Folks with excessive vanity are much less more likely to ship nude photographs or movies. These vulnerable to dangerous sexual behaviours are extra apt to overshare. Alcohol and using illicit substances additionally play a task.

Is there one thing distinctive about politicians?

Italian analysis means that they use social media otherwise than the typical individual — primarily for self-promotion and public signalling, fairly than looking for assist and group.  

And in the case of decision-making, elected officers are likely to behave otherwise from most people. Politicians are literally a little bit higher at weighing the proof at hand and making a rational alternative. But they, too, fall prey to the “reflection impact” — being unduly influenced by whether or not an possibility is framed as a “win” or a “loss,” particularly within the context of votes.

Folks with excessive vanity are much less more likely to ship nude photographs or movies, whereas these vulnerable to dangerous sexual behaviour are extra apt to overshare, in accordance with research. (Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Pictures)

The place politicians seem to actually differ is in their ego.

In comparison with different professions, legislators rating extraordinarily excessive on the management and authority scale, expressing qualities like heat, extroversion and social boldness. However they’re additionally much more narcissistic, deft at manipulating others to realize their objectives and extremely social, with a choice for actions that contain informing, coaching and growing others.

And the increased the workplace a politician attains, typically the better his or her sense of self-confidence and resistance to criticism.

In that context, maybe sending a latest acquaintance, and even complete stranger, nude photographs of your self is just an unnatural extension of what makes politicians tick.

But it surely stays an extremely foolhardy behaviour — if solely as a result of voters are likely to take particular discover of that sort of outreach.

Politicians behaving badly

Tonight’s At Difficulty panel tackles improper behaviour and sexual misconduct in Canadian politics, writes Rosemary Barton.

Typically it is not per week that looks like a very long time in politics, it is simply 24 hours.

It has definitely felt like that since yesterday.

Within the midst of getting ready for a lot of hours of protection of the American midterms on Tuesday afternoon, some Canadian political information broke that might not be ignored. Former Conservative MP Tony Clement introduced he was stepping except for lots of his committee duties.

The rationale was stunning, to say the least. Clement admitted he had despatched sexually specific movies and photographs to somebody he believed to be a consenting girl.

In actual fact, it was apparently an extortionist, who then requested Clement to pay some 50,000 euros or see the movies and photographs launched publicly.

Issues obtained worse for Clement on Wednesday when he was additionally requested to depart Conservative caucus, as a result of chief Andrew Scheer believed there was sufficient proof to point the sexually specific messages weren’t an remoted incident.

Conservative Chief Andrew Scheer delivers a press release within the Home of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday. He has requested Tony Clement to depart the Conservative caucus. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)And so, right here we’re. And it is only a week since Ontario Premier Doug Ford misplaced a cupboard minister.

No social gathering is immune. All of them have needed to take care of allegations of various levels of dangerous behaviour.

So, the questions for At Difficulty tonight: How on Earth do you deal with it as a political social gathering, and does it trigger any lasting harm? Or is it a cultural actuality and politics is just not immune?

This will not be essentially the most snug of conversations, however it’s one price having.

We may even speak concerning the U.S. midterms and whether or not a cut up Congress means something totally different for Canada within the months forward.

Andrew Coyne, Paul Wells and Althia Raj will be a part of us.

See you tonight in your display of alternative.

– Rosemary Barton

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The Nationwide Dialog: Canada – U.S. Relations

International Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and two prime Washington Put up journalists will be a part of CBC’s Adrienne Arsenault, Rosemary Barton and Keith Boag tonight to speak about what the U.S. midterm outcomes imply for Canada’s relations with our southern neighbour, writes senior producer Lara Chatterjee.

It has been 48 hours because the most contentious and scrutinized American midterm elections in latest historical past, and one of many large questions for Canadians is what impression they will have on our relationships with the U.S.

The brand new construction of the U.S. authorities might have an effect on every thing from diplomacy and the economic system to nationwide safety and the local weather.

To make sense of how worldwide relations might change,  The Nationwide is internet hosting a particular dialog tonight in entrance of a dwell viewers — each in individual in our Toronto studio and digitally by way of Fb.

We’re bringing collectively Canada’s International Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, prime Washington Put up journalists Aaron Blake and Karoun Demirjian,  The Nationwide co-hosts Adrienne Arsenault and Rosemary Barton, in addition to CBC’s senior Washington correspondent Keith Boag.

Canadian International Minister Chrystia Freeland at a information convention on the Embassy of Canada in Washington on Aug. 31. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)We’ll sort out the state of the connection between the 2 nations, and discover what Canada can study forward of subsequent 12 months’s federal election.​

Freeland can be interviewed dwell on stage by Rosemary Barton and Aaron Blake. As Canada’s direct diplomat to the White Home, the place does she see the challenges, how does she plan to method them and what is going to the brand new make-up of the Home of Representatives imply for Canada’s priorities going ahead?

Then there’s the matter of the media.

Blake and Demirjian face the label of “pretend information” day by day whereas doing their job. From congressional representatives utilizing it as an excuse to not grant interviews, to journalists receiving loss of life threats from the general public merely for publishing an article summarizing the times occasions within the White Home, the truth is that overlaying U.S. politics is changing into more difficult. However is it actually so totally different right here?

There’s rather a lot to speak about and we would like your enter. Watch the livestream and ask your questions via Fb.com/thenational.

We’ll even be livestreaming on YouTube.com/CBCTheNational, Twitter.com/CBCTheNational, and  CBCNews.ca.

CBC Information will air a full hour of dialog tomorrow on CBC Information Community at Eight p.m. ET, and highlights can be on  The Nationwide tomorrow evening.

– Lara Chatterjee

Quote of the second

“There isn’t any solution to make sense out of the mindless.”

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean on a mass capturing on the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif., final evening. 13 persons are useless, together with a police officer and the suspected gunman.

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean briefs reporters on the capturing at a bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif., early Thursday morning. Twelve individuals, together with a police sergeant, have been shot useless. (J. Brown/AFP/Getty Pictures)

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At the moment in historical past

Nov. 8, 1952: Rocket Richard turns into NHL’s all-time aim scoring chief

It wasn’t one in all his prettier tallies, however Maurice Richard’s wrister via site visitors put him into the report guide because the NHL’s then all-time aim king. Quantity 325 — yet one more than Montreal Maroons’ nice Nels Stewart — got here as a part of a 6-Four Canadiens win over Chicago, and on the 10th anniversary of the Rocket’s first NHL aim.

Maurice Richard breaks Nelson Stewart’s report for many regular-season objectives. 0:34

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