Posted by: Jennifer | March 8, 2006

jumping from the fire into a new can of worms

Dear Mr. Prime Minister,

This just keeps getting better and better, doesn’t it? First, you totally screwed up by throwing political appointments around like Mardi Gras beads on your first day in office. And now it looks like you and the ethics commissioner are going to go head-to-head over it.

Do me a favour, Mr. Harper: please fire the ethics czar. Don’t take this the wrong way — I have nothing against Bernard Shapiro. I think he does an awesome job. But I seriously cannot wait to see the fireworks that explode when you fire him for doing his job. For starters, the man is going to get an awesome severance package. And b) the scandal that will erupt over your firing of the man who is investigating your actions will make the whole sponsorship thing look like a drop in the proverbial cover-up bucket.

Of course, you could be a man and take your medicine the way that you are supposed to. You could admit that you dangled a political appointment in front of someone in order to get them to switch parties, knowing that this was clearly a conflict of interest and of ethics. But we both know that isn’t going to happen.

So far, the minority Conservative government has done everything that I expected it to. Nothing. Absolutely nothing. It has been fun to watch, though.


An Amused Citizen



  1. Joe Harper.

    Lots of comparisons between Joe Clark and Stephen Harper:

    both won narrow minority governments.
    both faced a former governing party in a temporary state of transition.
    both thought they were the first of a long-term wave of Conservatism to sweep over Canada and become the “natural governing party”.
    both underestimated the real support for their party.
    both came into power due to voters wishing to spank the governing party and send them to the penalty box for a while.
    both acted as if they had a majority government.

    But there are two major differences between Joe Clerk and Stephen Harper:

    1. Joe Clark did not behave in ethically questionable ways from the get go.
    2. Joe’s arrogance was political, not personal.

    Of course, what happened to Joe will now happen to Stephen: a footnote in Canada’s decorous but tempestuous political history.

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