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Stockwell Day: Is it OK for politics to get personal?

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stockwell-day-may-21.jpgFormer Conservative MP and cabinet minister Stockwell Day, seen here in the House of Commons on March 24, did not seek re-election. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

During an interview airing Saturday on CBC Radio's The House, former Conservative MP and cabinet minister Stockwell Day, who sat out the latest federal campaign following his retirement from politics, acknowledged there's one thing he won't miss about Ottawa -- when things get personal:
 
"I always enjoy good debate," Day told host Kathleen Petty. "There are people, and I guess it happens in all parties, who can't get beyond the debate, either philosophical or party positions. And it gets intensely personal and they can't bring themselves to actually respect or even like the other person just because of the label. That part of it, the deep seated animosity that sometime sets in, I certainly won't miss that."

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Is it OK for politics to get personal? Do politicians of different stripes need that edge to defend their beliefs in a partisan system? Or would it be better if MPs got along, despite their widely differing viewpoints? Let us know in the comments below.
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