– Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper accepted his right hand man Nigel Wright’s resignation on a Holiday Sunday as we have shared below.
The scandal, over Mr. Wright writing a cheque to cover some of the monies to be returned from Senator Mike Duffy have been rumbling this week.
The bigger question is did Mr. Harper know Mr. Wright would be writing that cheque?
And why wait until a holiday Sunday to announce the resignation? Could it be to limit the “splash” as my political mentor Keith Beardsley, himself someone who has served three Conservative PM’s including Mr. Harper would say?
We live in a country rife with political scandals and intrigues; from Mr. Harper to Mayor Ford in Toronto and even Mayor Bob Kilger here in little Cornwall.
The issue is accountability. Where were Mr. Trudeau and Mulcair over this scandal? Where was the public? It almost feels as though Mr. Harper might have followed Twitter and other Social Media sites before deciding to accept Mr. Wright’s resignation which is as much a black mark against Mr. Harper and his government themselves as it is for Mr. Wright who simply was being a “good company man” and that this is probably only an event that was caught in the open.
Canada, like our neighbors to the South seem to be out of control when it comes to the chicanery of our Politicians that seem to have no limits or boundaries any longer.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on the resignation of Nigel Wright:
“It is with great regret that I have accepted the resignation of Nigel Wright as my Chief of Staff. I accept that Nigel believed he was acting in the public interest, but I understand the decision he has taken to resign. I want to thank Nigel for his tremendous contribution to our Government over the past two and a half years.
“Our Government’s top priority is, and will continue to be, securing jobs and economic growth for Canada. This is the focus of all our efforts and attention. “
The question is at what point to Canadians stop and say enough? Do we really have to wait until the next election? Mr. Wright probably will have a very cushy landing; something most Canadian taxpayers will never get. Mr. Duffy too will probably continue to serve as a Senator drawing his considerable salary.
In a country that a woman was once fired from a Tim Horton’s for giving a Timbit to a child for free does this make any sense?
Is it time for us to apply laws equally and not give free passes to politicians? You can post your comments below.