By his own admission, Mr. Wright made a serious error. For that he has accepted full, sole responsibility. He has agreed to resign and he is subject to an investigation, an examination by the ethics commissioner.
Sole responsibility as in nobody else did it. Though it’s not clear how Harper can know that since he denies being told anything ahead of time and won’t admit to having asked his staff subsequently what happened and who knew about it and when. All in the hands of the ethics commissioner, folks. Nothing to see here. Move along. Economic Action Plan coming through.
What puzzles me, though, is that Wright has now “agreed to resign” whereas in Question Period last Wednesday John Baird claimed Wright “immediately submitted his resignation, and it was immediately accepted”.
So which is it? Did he submit his resignation, and if so was it as soon as he informed the PM of what he’d done, in which case why did Harper take days to immediately accept it? Or did Harper demand his resignation and if so when, and how long did Wright take to agree to resign?
Is the PMO deliberately babbling inconsistencies in the hope of confusing and frustrating us so much we stop asking? Or do the facts change from day to day, rendering old responses “inoperative”?
In 1795 U.S. President George Washington wrote to Edmund Randolph (this quotation comes to me courtesy of the Patriot Post Founder’s Quote Daily) that “There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily.”
How very quaint this 18th-century sentiment seems today. But (now you laugh) I’d still like to see someone in politics try it. Who knows? It just might work.
Despite two days of controversy around a Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) newsletter that said Canada “plays a key part in perpetuating war crimes” by Israel, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair refuses to utter a peep about the union.
“Those are not statements anybody that’s associated with our party has ever made, so I’m not going to start commenting on things that have nothing whatsoever to do with our party,” he said Thursday.
That’s in line with Mulcair’s refusal to criticize CUPW last year for sending a delegation to a “Free Palestine” conference in Brazil, featuring talks on boycotting Israel.
Mulcair hasn’t always been so reluctant to speak out on statements by people not directly tied to the NDP. Read more…
Here’s what I don’t like about the suggestion by the good folks at the Taxpayers Federation to make moonlighting MPs reimburse taxpayers for the time they spent away from public business looking after their private interests. Two things: 1) There are A LOT of MPs who take time to look after their other sources of income and I wouldn’t be surprised if they sometimes skipped school to look after their affairs; and 2) Parliament is a self-governing institution. It is – and should remain – independent. That means MPs are left to police themselves. That’s obviously not a perfect solution, but it’s the best we’ve got.
NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair lashed out at evangelical Christian groups Monday, accusing them of going “completely against” Canadian values and law.
Mulcair’s anger spilled over when reporters asked about Crossroads Relief and Development – a group getting around $540,000 from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to build wells and provide clean water in Uganda. Read more…
John Robson, columnist and commentator with Sun Media, is also an Invited Professor at the University of Ottawa and a commentator-at-large with News Talk Radio 580 CFRA in Ottawa. With a B.A. and M.A. in history from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D in American history from the University of Texas at Austin, he has worked in academia, think tanks and politics as well as doing print, radio, TV and online journalism in Canada. He is married to Brigitte Pellerin.
Mark Dunn is senior national reporter with Sun Media. He’s one of the few born and bred Ottawa journalists covering Parliament Hill. And he’s believed to be the only journalist to have worked in senior communication roles in political offices for a sitting government and opposition offices. The former Canadian Press reporter is a huge NFL and NASCAR fan, former ski instructor and member of the Canadian Ski Patrol. Friends will say he has the golden touch when it comes to grilling on the Q. Dunn is also an adventurous traveller who likes reading, music and television crime shows.