Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Don't Mind Me, I'm Just the PM

Damn that Paul Wells and his quick posting - I was all set to go off on the ridiculous comments by Paul Martin in today's Globe & Mail when I see he beat me to the punch. The story reads like something out of the Onion:

New Delhi — Prime Minister Paul Martin said Tuesday that he did not accept the resignation of Judy Sgro's chief of staff two months ago because it was up to the chief of staff to make his own decision on whether to stay.

The Globe and Mail reported on Monday that members of Mr. Martin's office counseled chief of staff Ihor Wons to stay on the job, despite the fact that he had admitted to creating "an appearance of impropriety" after visiting a strip club to discuss the club owner's plan to bring to Canada 18 strippers. Mr. Martin did not deny that his office may have advised Mr. Wons to stay.

"They seek advice," Mr. Martin said Tuesday. "But the fact is that people are free to make their own decisions, and that's obviously the case for anyone."

This begs a few questions:

1. Can anyone resign? I mean, Martin's logic sets up a paradox where they can't even tender their own resignation since he's decided that it's up to them, but won't allow them to resign, because it's up to them.

2. Why did he allow Judy Sgro to resign? Isn't it her decision too?

3. Will we ever see a staffer resign during the Martin years/months is power? If so, how will that situation differ from this one?

4. Is this all the PMO is now? An advice machine? People have accused the PMO of controlling all aspects of government in the past and now we're supposed to believe it's been run over by Anne Landers?

5. Does Martin expect people to believe that he has no say in what his Cabinet members do and will never interfere in their decisions?

6. What idiot in the PMO wrote up Martin's statement on this? And if the idiot who did ever wants to resign, would he or she be allowed to?

5 Comments:

  • Excellent points.. but I dont see how this posting which more or less mocks Martin's stand on this issue is any different from the (now-deleted) posting mocking the Calgary bishop's stand on gays..

    Not trying to stir up trouble.. I just dont see how 1 is any different from the other.. other then you're parodying 1 post and using a traditional critique to bash the other.

    By Blogger Scott Tribe, at 6:19 PM  

  • The difference is that the other post was defamatory and this one is based on fact. No where in this post does CG say anythign derogatory about Martin, only about the annonymous idiot that wrote up his statement in the paper, which I got to admit was pretty bad (even for the communications department of the OLO, oops, minority PMO)

    Furthermore you could state that
    1) Martin is a pathetic failure visa-a-visa Jean Chretien
    2) Martin has no idea what leadership entails
    3) Martin is unable to create a quality cabinet because he drove most of the quality members of the Liberal Party out of the party
    4) Martin is getting fat
    5) Martin is driving interest in the Liberal Party to JNT levels
    6) And finally, does it matter if political staff in Ottawa are fired, quit or resign, they are all just trying to make their 6 months so that they can get their six months severance when Martin loses the next election

    These could all be interpretted as true statements

    By Blogger iloveLaP, at 3:32 AM  

  • Explain to us ignorant masses how the other statement was defamatory.. it just took a look at another statement in the Bible and used the Bishop's statement as an example of how some people can totally warp things out of that Good Book.

    If our host here had written a statement criticizng the Bishop,.. and then gave the example that he did in traditional writing style to hilight how ridiculous it is.. I fail to see how it defames him... yet it was written in parody style.. and that makes a difference?

    Rick Mercer.. watch out

    By Blogger Scott Tribe, at 6:08 AM  

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