Thursday, April 21, 2005

A six-letter word evokes many four-letter words

"I put in strict new controls on spending within every single government department." - Paul Martin, April 21, 2005, in a national address to the vassals of Canada.

I see:

It's just one six-letter word. How much could it cost? Well, hold onto your wallets. It will cost taxpayers $443,237 to change the name Passport Office to Passport Canada. That's about $74,000 a letter.

Most of the expenses, nearly $400,000, will come from changing signs at Passport Canada regional offices, according to documents obtained by CP under the Access to Information Act.

The rest of the costs come from printing new business cards and letterhead, changes to websites and buying new passport application forms.

Nearly $5,000 was spent announcing the name change at launch events across the country.

In French, the name was changed to Passeport Canada.

"The new name more aptly reflects the role Passport Canada plays in the lives of Canadians," Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew said last month in announcing the alteration.
More from Martin's 15 minute national plug for the Liberal Party of Canada:
I was the Minister of Finance. Knowing what I've learned this past year, I am sorry that we weren’t more vigilant - that I wasn't more vigilant. Public money was misdirected and misused. That’s unacceptable. And that is why I apologized to the Canadian people a year ago.
Even if Martin is telling the truth, which is so highly doubtful I can barely entertain the notion, he was certainly incompetent as Finance Minister, which he even admits to, so why should we trust he'll do a better job as Prime Minister?
I believe we can – and we should – use the coming months to pursue the public’s business [. . .]

But I trust your judgment. And I will not dishonour this office by trying to conceal or diminish such offensive wrongdoing. I have too much respect for this place [. . .]

When I was young, I practically lived here in the Parliament Buildings. My father was a cabinet minister in four Liberal governments. He taught me that those who serve in public office have a duty to protect the integrity of government.
Even if that involves lying through your teeth.

From the Red Star:
A former senior Liberal organizer fingered as the man who demanded cash payments from the ad firm Groupaction has fired back with explosive allegations that a small network of party chieftains doled out contracts, sponsorship deals and judicial appointments to Liberal stalwarts in exchange for their work on election campaigns [. . .]

Benoît Corbeil, who served as executive director of the Liberal Party of Canada's Quebec wing in the late 1990s, told Radio-Canada that of the 20 or so lawyers who volunteered for the party during the 2000 federal election, some "seven or eight" were appointed to the judicial bench.

"Anyone who wanted to be a judge or win mandates needed to have friendly relations with those people," he told the network.

Corbeil also said he received his marching orders from "a senior Liberal" who was neither an MP nor a cabinet minister, and whose identity he plans to reveal when he testifies at the Gomery inquiry in the coming weeks.

Corbeil, identified by former Groupaction president Jean Brault as a Liberal insider who sought $400,000 to cover party bills during the 2000 election, insists he didn't keep a set of secret books for the party, even if he admitted during the interview to accepting a cash-stuffed envelope from Brault on one occasion.

Asked whether his political masters, who included former public works minister Alfonso Gagliano, knew about the illicit donation, Corbeil said "everyone knew what was happening."

Gagliano denied all Corbeil's allegations in a separate interview with Radio-Canada.

During the lengthy interview, Corbeil also said federalist forces would not have won the 1995 referendum were it not for "secret" Liberal funds, adding that the party clearly flouted Quebec's stringent electoral law during the campaign.

The former organizer, who was a staunch supporter of former prime minister Jean Chrétien, was fired from his job at the Université du Québec at Montréal after revelations from Brault's testimony became public.

Corbeil readily admitted to harbouring bitterness toward his former political mates. He alluded to being disappointed that some former and current Liberal cabinet ministers didn't rally to his side.

"I didn't hear very many people standing up to defend me ... so no, I don't think of myself as a Liberal any more. I've moved on," he said.
"I heard it from my friends about the things you said. I've never felt so disappointed. Never felt so disappointed." M.L. Gore.

Update: Mike Brock comments on the twisted Liberal defense.
Make no mistake about the nature of Paul Martin’s request to you as a Canadian. He is asking you to forgive him, for being incompetent in his capacity as finance minister, for the transgressions of his party, and to be permitted through continued governance, to make up for those mistakes. These are not things that in a decent and just world go hand in hand.

I’m sorry Mr. Martin; we don’t make drunk drivers pay for their mistakes buy forcing them to drive little old ladies around. You do not get to pay for your mistake from inside the gates of 24 Sussex Drive.
Let's hope not.


darcey said...

Thats the best take I've read so far - Great! Thanks

basil said...

The nerve! So what connections do the sign and stationary printers have to the Liberals?