Neither Prime Minister Stephen Harper nor International Trade Minister David Emerson broke any rules when Harper persuaded Emerson to cross the floor just after the recent federal election, the country's ethics commissioner said Monday.This result just proves why the Prime Minister should not have done this:
"The Prime Minister is loath to co-operate with an individual whose decision-making ability has been questioned, moreover who has been found in contempt of the House," said Sandra Buckler, the prime minister's director of communications.What are we to conclude by these statements since the Ethics Commissioner ruled in favour of the Conservative Party?
"This Liberal appointee's actions have strengthened the Prime Minister's resolve to create a truly non-partisan ethics commissioner, who is accountable to Parliament."
There is nothing wrong with playing the game by the rules that are in place now, even if you do not like them. If we must change them, change them in due course.
I'm glad to have seen that Mr. Harper did indeed consult with Mr. Shapiro on the matter, as noted in the CBC article.
And now, for the fourth time, I'm done with this Emerson thing.
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