Friday, January 14, 2005

Sgro's No-No

I always find it odd when someone resigns and says they did nothing wrong. I mean, we have a new and improved ethics commissioner. Surely if Judy Sgro and Paul Martin believed she deserved to keep her job, she would have stuck it out until his report. If they believed she'd done something wrong, Martin should have fired her or made it known she'd been asked to step aside. Since, you know, he does run Cabinet (supposedly).

For those new to the story, here's the damming allegations, courtesy of the Star.

Singh, who came to Canada from India in 1988, helped Sgro as she asked, including pizza deliveries to her campaign office, he says in his affidavit.

"I own a pizza store in Brampton and Judy said that she wanted me to deliver pizza, garlic bread etc., to her campaign office in North York. I did this. She also said that she needed 15-16 people to help work in her campaign. I organized this for her as well."


If this is true, then she certainly should step aside. Exchanging immigration favours for campaign volunteers is one thing. Exchanging immigration favours for pizza is another. But exchanging immigration favours for free garlic bread? That's just going over an ethical line that should never been crossed.

Unless it's really good garlic bread.

Either way, Mr. Singh has got a bonzanza of marketing opportunities for his Pizzeria in front of him. "So good it's worth losing a Cabinet spot over!"

9 Comments:

  • When I first heard this story.. I read it twice just to make sure it wasnt some skit Rick Mercer put online as a promo for his next Monday report show. It almost sounded like something he'd do as a skit.. not a real news story as it turned out to my amused disbelief.

    So lets think about this; in the USA, they go to war over inaccurate intelligence (or worse) on WMD's, and they get the Abu Ghraib scandal... and their Cabinet guys dont even think of resigning.
    Here.. we have a minister resigning over allegedly receiving deep-dish pizza and garlic bread.. interesting difference.. I'm not sure whether thats good or bad. It doesnt reflect very well on our politicians up here if all they can be bought for is free snacks. The politicos south of the border must be sneering at that; If you're going to go on the take.. make sure you get something lucrative out of it. On the other hand.. maybe we have a higher standard of ethics here... (sarcasm metre turned off).

    By Blogger Scott Tribe, at 6:45 AM  

  • Followup to that:

    On a more serious note: I wondered if you and others caught the Toronto Star today (Saturday) which show that this pizza guy is apparently a convicted credit card fraud artist...

    My question is: this guy has been in the country for almost 20 years apparently... even before this fraud conviction, which is what I presume set the wheels in mtion to deport him.. how in the world does a fellow stay in Canada for over that length of time without the immigration department being able to rule 1 way or another whether he can be a permanent resident/Canadian citizen?

    I've not been a big fan of Sgro's (her assertion to church's to stop offering sanctuary to refugees rubs me the wrong way).. but I think against a guy who has a record like this... we shouldnt prejudge her guilt til it all washes out in the courts.

    By Blogger Scott Tribe, at 11:38 AM  

  • Talk about missing the forest for the trees. The big deal is following:

    "...Singh, a father of three facing deportation from Canada, alleges in the sworn affidavit filed in the Federal Court of Canada in Toronto yesterday that when word of his arrangement with Sgro started to leak out, Sgro suddenly reneged on the deal and last month ordered his arrest and removal from Canada "to save her job."

    If true, this is totalitarian police state stuff, and pretty out of place in Canada. I agree that prima facie his credibility is shaky. SO WHY IS SGRO RESIGNING? (especially given the tough stand against "Strippergate"). More than meets the eye, methinks.

    http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1105656611433&call_pageid=970599119419

    By Blogger matt, at 1:06 PM  

  • Yeah, I didn't see that arrest claim the first time. Warren Kinsella is all over it today. I agree with his take on it.

    This whole affair is just weird though. There's obviously some doubt into this witness' credibility and the arrest claims are really far flung. You think she'd come out swinging and vow to fight on through them.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 1:41 PM  

  • I think Paul Wells hits the premise on the head CalGrit with this blog entry .. I think its just one of the latest moves by this Paul Martin government to hurriedly show critics he's doing something about the perceived crisis... its almost comical really.

    http://weblogs.macleans.ca/paulwells/archives/week_2005_01_09-2005_01_15.asp#000841


    In essence.. there may be nothing fishy at all about Sgro resigning.. maybe the PMO got into a panic over it.. (and Parliament isnt even session yet.. sheesh)

    That being all said.. if this guy is spouting off fals claims (as Sgro claims in the Toronto Star today) I do think she deserves her Cabinet post back (but maybe not in Immigration again.. trouble seems to find her in that portfolio).

    By Blogger Scott Tribe, at 7:20 PM  

  • Kleenex is made out of ancient forests!

    Can you believe it? Kimberly-Clark, the manufacturer of Kleenex brand tissue products, is destroying forests in Canada that have been around since the last Ice Age, 10,000 years ago, to make something that is used once and then flushed down the toilet or thrown away. It's insane.

    Greenpeace has just launched a new campaign to pressure Kimberly-Clark to stop wiping away ancient forests. The website, which is full of info, is at www.kleercut.net.

    At this site there's also a pretty good action center where you can send a free fax to Kimberly-Clark telling them that they should stop destroying ancient forests to create toilet paper and facial tissue. The action center is at
    www.kleercut.net/en/takeaction
    .

    That's the last time I blow my nose with Kleenex.

    By Blogger Earl Beadle, at 11:30 AM  

  • Now that's a post I can relate to. You really got me thinking, I enjoy reading this blog.

    I don't know how others feel, but I'm definitely looking into Canada immigration as an option. The good ól US of A aint what it used to be.

    By Blogger The Immigrant, at 3:30 PM  

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