Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Come Hell Or High Water

In the news now:

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Paul Martin exercised his patronage prerogative again Monday, making his 15th and 16th appointments to the unelected Senate since becoming prime minister.
Martin rewarded Montrealer Francis Fox - one of the architects of his Liberal minority election win and former principal secretary - with a $119,300-a-year job.

In thew news 17 months ago:

In a campaign-style speech delivered to the Quebec City Chamber of Commerce, Martin promised he is "personally and profoundly committed to rapid and permanent changes in the way things are done in Ottawa."

"We have declared all-out war against waste and mismanagement. We will put an end to cronyism," the prime minister said in French.

"I am going to change the way Ottawa works," he said. "This is not a slogan, this is reality. We are going to change the way government works. And we will do it come Hell or high water."


  • how can anyone be shocked by his lack of respect for transparency and democracy? did anyone see how he ran his leadership bid?

    By Anonymous ainge, at 6:27 AM  

  • Denis Dawson in the last batch. Francis Fox in this one.

    It looks like they are taking care of their friends before they call an election they know, David Herle notwithstanding, they may not win.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:54 AM  

  • Is Fox unqualified to be in the Senate? Should PMs be restricted from appointing people who they know?

    By Blogger Jason Cherniak, at 10:25 AM  

  • He's only unqualified if you expect him to sign anything.

    Although, I don't have the application form with me.

    By Blogger Jim, at 10:52 AM  

  • Don't worry Jason, your time will come... just keep shilling ;)

    /I keed, I keed (you have to donate money too)

    By Blogger Stephen Taylor, at 10:52 AM  

  • Jason, you are so right, you are more right this time about Paul then you have ever been in the past.

    I have no idea why McKinnon gets on those election readiness calls and says we need more bloggers like you Jason, but he is right, we do. It is because you are always spot on.

    By Blogger fartcatcher, at 11:03 AM  

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    By Blogger Senator Catalyst, at 12:24 PM  

  • I've never been impressed by anyone with the title "Senator".

    By Blogger Senator Catalyst, at 12:25 PM  

  • If I'm not mistaken, the $119,000 is at least partially tax-free.

    By Anonymous Two Cents, at 5:51 PM  

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