Bad Poetry Under Attack By Politician – Can’t they both lose?

I am not a fan of poetry or politicians and while bad poems can be funny, this is about freedom of speech- a much more serious issue. What makes it all the worse is that it involves a politician attempting to silence a disgruntled constituent.

Antonio Batista is under attack for penning a satirical ditty about City Councillor Pat Saito.

The 75-year-old Mississauga resident is facing a criminal charge of threatening and intimidation against city councillor Pat Saito for his poem last year mocking her for being obsessed with filling potholes instead of solving other problems.

The offending line:

“We’re going to build a pothole six-foot-long and five-foot-deep and three-foot-wide to hide her body inside,” his poem stated. “And God will take of her soul. She can keep running at a good pace. We’ll make sure she’s in heaven and out of the race, so please God take this soul.”

God have mercy on us all, as Batisata’s lawyer Clayton Ruby says, this is a farce.

The case goes to court Monday in Brampton.

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