What a guy! Our Duffy, eh? Years and years as a supposedly neutral news reporter who was, while working into our hearts and minds, selling himself to the highest bidder. Seems the Cons bid the most. Maybe it was a two-fer with Pam, hard to say? Still, Duffy and Wallin sold their soul and jumped to the front of the trough and all they had to do was stump for the Cons.
Isn’t that weird? What were the Cons thinking? “Hmmm, here’s a guy and a gal who all Canadians accept as neutral truth-tellers and, God knows, we could use some of that in the party. Let’s go buy them!”
“But, sir, as soon as they are bought and paid for, wouldn’t that undermine their image as neutral truth-tellers and, in fact, make them out to be hypocritical liars and cynical in the extreme? Wouldn’t we lose both ways, getting such horrible people and then losing what little credibility they may have?”
But they did it anyway. Harper’s idea of leadership. And then Duffy and Pam’s elitist, pampered, selfish, ugly sides showed up and it was a bit embarrassing even for the idiot Cons who can’t spell financial management let alone demonstrate it. So, they tried to sweep them under the carpet. How stupid is that? They could much more easily have made political hay, gotten rid of them and actually looked good in the doing. But they chose to be weasels instead. Leadership from the shadows.
Stephen Harper could have said:
“My fellow Canadians of this great country and with all of us going forward….to….well, uh, the end of the day…we have to be accountable to our citizens and I am sorry to have to report that two (or four or ten – he can pretty much pick any number from his group) of our senators have violated the ‘spirit and intention’ of public service and, even tho there was no law proven as yet to have been broken, the morality and the indulgence, the sense of entitlement and greed nauseates me as your prime minister. So, I have asked for their resignation. In fact, my aid, Nigel Wright and I have offered the senate accounts committee the money to ‘pay back’ for their selfishness and their disregard for doing the right thing. I have no idea how things got this bad but I’d rather pay this debt from our own pocket than have the Canadian public go through it. Can you imagine all the piggy behaviour that might come from others if this kind of thing goes to trial? It’ll cost us all a fortune! And take forever. All I can add going forward is that maybe we will go backwards some day. Just for a change. Start at the beginning of the day, ya know? And, when we do, we’ll pick better people for the senate. We will pick honest, unselfish Canadians who recognize their primary duty to serve others and not take for themselves.”
And he would have looked good doing it.
But, you see, saying that kind of thing and doing that kind of thing requires leadership and our politicians don’t lead. They follow. The best they can do is react because they do not ACT. Had Harper shown some strength of character and leadership, the Duffy issue would have won him votes, not lost him any. As it is, he is likely to skate by using the plausible deniability clause (AKA: permission to lie and cheat on someone else’s account). But I mention it because this is the crap that passes for leadership in Canada these days.
“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” Warren Bennis
“……leaders will be those who empower others.” Bill Gates
“Leadership is influence – nothing more, nothing less.” John Maxwell
Which of our great leaders is doing any of that?