Musings —12.13.2011 03:48 PM—
The Speaker finds:
- he has jurisdiction
- that Irwin Cotler’s complaints were factual
- that what the Conservatives did was “reprehensible”
- that Cotler had a “legitimate grievance”
Yet, despite all that, there was no “prima facie” case. Because (a) Cotler continued doing his job and (b) people have read about it in the paper, and will hereafter be “wary.”
That is unmitigated bullshit. To use a hockey analogy: was Cotler supposed to drop to the ice, and stay there until the guy who gave him a head shot was suspended from further play? Will this kind of thuggery stop, now, because a few scolding newspaper editorials were written? It is to laugh.
This ruling was a test of a new Speaker, and he has utterly failed it. There was a reason why the Prime Minister’s Office favoured his candidacy.
And now we’ve seen why. He’s their water boy.