Candidates should take lie-detector tests


Candidates should take lie-detector tests

VOTERS BEWARE: Lots of people shouldn't be running for office

By Jon Ferry, The Province November 14, 2011


Given all the untruths voiced at election time, should candidates for political office be forced to undergo lie-detector tests?

Well, it would certainly weed out the more sly and manipulative people in this current municipal campaign.

But I fear so many contestants would be eliminated that the election might become a case of the last person standing wins.

Lying (as in "I did not have sexual relations with that woman") or overpromising (as in "I promise to end homelessness by 2015") is as common among campaigning politicians as predicting doom and gloom is among climate scientists.

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