Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Rona Ambrose and the Attempted Lynching of Jane Philpott
It's not a pretty sight, but Rona Ambrose and her Con bullies are in a high state of excitation.
They think they've found another helpless target, and a massive scandal that will destroy the Liberal government.
And no, this time it isn't the nannies and the Trudeau children they are going after.
It's the Health Minister Jane Philpott.
But sadly for the ghastly Cons, and their would be lynch mob, while Philpott and her staff may have made a rookie mistake.
Ethics commissioner Mary Dawson said Tuesday she will examine whether Health Minister Jane Philpott violated the Conflict of Interest Act in her use of a high-end car service owned by a Liberal supporter.
Dawson’s probe will focus on a section of the act pertaining to “preferential treatment.” It comes after Conservative health critic Colin Carrie wrote to the commissioner over the revelation that Philpott spent $1,700 dollars on one day for car service and more than $1,900 on another day.
The minister is also reimbursing taxpayers for $520 for the use of Air Canada lounges in North America and Europe.
The amounts involved are small ones, they have already been repaid.
This is not the Bev Oda limo scandal...
And as the Globe editorial board points out, the larger problem is the pettiness of some Canadians.
We have to stop demanding that our cabinet ministers book the middle seat in economy, or bed down at discount hotels. Ms. Philpott had to hire a car for two days of meetings that took her across southern Ontario; her error was giving the job to a Liberal Party volunteer who overcharged, instead of paying the going rate to another service.
But she is perfectly within her rights to expense access to a not particularly exclusive airport lounge that provides her and her cabinet documents a little more privacy than the boarding area at Gate 24C. This is a woman who handles one of the most important portfolios in the federal government, and yes, she is entitled to some sensible perks.
And the hypocrisy of the Cons, who would also make a big fuss about this:
Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has also been under the microscope for her spending after it was revealed she spent $6,600 for photography documenting the COP21 climate change conference in Paris.
When they spent millions doing the same thing.
An investigation by iPolitics.ca last year revealed that the Harper government spent $2.3-million on photographers to follow around Tory cabinet ministers between 2006 and 2015.
And that's not counting the millions they spent on their private propaganda TV network...
For the sole purpose of trying to glorify their depraved leader, and brainwash us with OUR money.
But what really offends me is the way the Cons are trying to smear a decent doctor like Jane Philpott, who has the potential to be a great Health Minister.
Unlike the ghastly Rona Ambrose...
Who disgraced herself beyond recognition when she was Health Minister. Should have been charged with attempted murder.
But would now dare suggest that Philpott is in it for the money.
Even though Philpott is a noble idealist who spent fifteen years in Africa working with some of the poorest people on earth...
And will never forget the desperate car ride down a dusty road in Niger...
Where she was forced to witness the death of her two and half year old daughter Emily.
It was a race against time. The aggressive infection was going to win the race. Less than an hour into our journey, precious Emily had a seizure and then she stopped breathing. It was the most horrible moment of my life. We felt desperately isolated -- Pep and I and our two little girls -- driving along a highway in southern Niger -- 50 miles from the closest hospital -- and our beloved daughter had taken her last breath.
And the near death of her baby sister Bethany.
Adding to our panic was the reality that, as we drove, the purple rash began to appear on baby Bethany. It was a sign that both of our daughters were infected with this dreadful bacterium. We were living a nightmare -- Emily had died; eight-month-old Bethany was now fighting the same infection.
A tragedy which in my opinion helped make Jane Philpott the great doctor and great human being she is today...
We cannot change the past. But we can change the future. If I can help transform circumstances so that the children of today have better opportunity to live long, healthy and meaningful lives, I will have found grace in the face of grief.
Makes her the kind of Health Minister we need at a time when our medicare system is gearing up to deal with some major challenges.
And makes what the Cons are trying to do to her unbelievably shameful and disgusting.
For this is how those filthy perverts at Con headquarters are depicting her...
But then that is who they are, the absolute scum of the earth.
And why I always say, that we will not be truly great, or truly Canadian.
Until the day we bury those monsters forever...
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