Friday, November 18, 2005

Purging the Party

But they didn't kill him, so he came back:

One of the Martin government's early efforts to quell the sponsorship scandal backfired Friday when a judge overturned the March 2004 firing of Jean Pelletier as chairman of Via Rail.

[..] Pelletier, one-time chief of staff to Jean Chretien, was fired amid the first rumblings of the sponsorship scandal, when
Prime Minister Paul Martin decided to clean house among high-level Chretien appointees at agencies brushed by the scandal.

Pelletier was first to go, followed by Michel Vennat, president of the Business Development Bank of Canada, and Marc LeFrancois, president of Via Rail.

Some suggested the flurry of firings was a Martin purge of Chretienites, although the prime minister denied he was targetting any specific group.

Justice Minister Irwin Cotler said the government will comply.

Senator Jim Munson, Chretien's former press secretary, was also pleased about the court ruling.

"It's a beautiful day for Jean Pelletier," he said. "It's comforting, as Canadians, to see that our justice system works so well."

Pelletier was making between $189,700 and $234,300 a year when he was fired. His contract was set to expire in 2006.

[..] Pelletier was Chretien's chief of staff from 1993 to 2001 and was appointed to a five-year term as chairman of Via in 2001.


Stalin's Ghost (yes I read The London Fog) said...

Did Jean Ivanovich refuse to confess to being part of an American cabal conspiring to put nails in the people's butter? What feeble methods the Organs must use in your overly sentimental country!

Anonymous said...

I seem to recall the PRI party of Mexico also having a bit of a problem with succession.