Essential?

So, “we’re all in this together,” are we? Isn’t that what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Public Safety Minister Bill Blair …

… have been saying for six months?

Then why do I see, in a CBC News report, that “The American CEO of Costco was granted a special exemption from Canada’s mandatory 14-day COVID-19 quarantine to attend the openings of the grocery chain’s newest outlets, a CBC News investigation has learned … [and] … Craig Jelinek and another top company executive, Joe Portera, travelled to Canada aboard a private Gulfstream jet in late August for a three-day store inspection blitz that took them to Ontario, Quebec and Alberta — the epicentres of this country’s novel coronavirus outbreak.” The report goes on to say that “The pair first touched down at the Ottawa International Airport on Aug. 25 — the same day that the billionaire CEO of Wisconsin-based Uline Inc. and two of her senior executives were granted similar quarantine exemptions after arriving by private jet at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.

Now, that happened months ago, and Minister Blair said it was a mistake, made by local officials, but one has to ask why those local officials thought it was a good idea? Is it because the whole bureaucracy thinks knows that people with lots of money likely have easy, direct access to the prime minister and that they (the rich and powerful) must, therefore, be granted special privileges or a border agent might lose his or her job? Is that the level to which even the government’s servants, our own public servants believe the Trudeau Liberals have sunk?

In a properly functioning Westminster style parliamentary government Minister Blair would have resigned when this happened. He would not, necessarily be required to spend the rest of his political carer on the back-benches; very good (or very politically powerful) minister have resigned in the past and been brought back into cabinet after a few months. But good ministers, good honest ministers, take responsibility for their departments … they don’t blame subordinates. We can conclude, I suppose, that Bill Blair is poor minister, a dishonest minister who, therefore, fits well in Justin Trudeau’s team.

It’s time … it’s well past time for a real change.

Published by Ted Campbell

Old, retired Canadian soldier, Conservative ~ socially moderate, but a fiscal hawk. A husband, father and grandfather. Published material is posted under the "Fair Dealing" provisions (§29) of the Copyright Act for the purposes of research, private study and education.

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