About a decade ago, I was asked by Izzy Asper to write a column for the Ottawa Citizen. “You’re a Liberal,” he said over the phone from his beloved Winnipeg. “They’re too conservative. I want you to write for them.”
Okay, I said.
After a few months, Citizen editor Scott Anderson – who wanted me always to dish on the Liberals, but never the Conservatives – called to say they were dumping my column.
How come, I said.
“You’re too Liberal,” he said.
That’s what Izzy wanted me to be, I said. It’s what I am.
“Um, er,” he said.
Anyway. Once a weasel, always a weasel. Scott Anderson – conservative fart-catcher – is now fully and inarguably revealed, here.
Somewhere, Izzy is laughing his ass off.