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!"

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