Musings —01.28.2013 10:36 AM—
We here at Daisy just paused in a staff meeting to watch NDP leader Andrea Horwath throw down the proverbial gauntlet: call a public inquiry, or else.
My view on public inquiries, going way back? I don’t like ’em:
“…Liberal strategist Warren Kinsella doesn’t mince words. The longtime critic of the Gomery inquiry, at which he testified, calls it one of the “most egregious” examples of how such commissions can spin out of control.
He describes Gomery as a judge who toiled in relative obscurity throughout most of his career only to get caught up in the limelight. He slams him for the statements he made to media outside the hearing room regarding former prime minister Jean Chretien – something Gomery was publicly chastised for in Federal Court.
“(Public inquiries) become too political. And they make people even more cynical about democratic institutions. They become these self-mandating, self-financing monstrosities that political people can’t limit,” he says.
“…these things just careen around the landscape, crushing reputations and trampling over people’s constitutional rights.”
What will the new Premier do? Beats me. But she can ask Paul Martin how helpful it is to have a public inquiry going on while you are trying to keep a minority government alive. He’d have a few views on the subject, I suspect.