Pots and kettles

My mother's childhood advice is ringing in my ears

Re: “Conservative MP calls for Duffy to resign.” May 23.

Reading this article reminded me of English war-bride mother’s stoic wisdom. Sitting by our woodstove at our kitchen table in then rural Coquitlam (now the very upset Conservative MP James Moore’s riding), upon hearing of this kind of attempting to shift the blame on to others would just smile,  glance at her old tea kettle and comment wisely …” thats like the Kettle calling the pot black!.”

A lineup of worried Conservatives and the prime minister himself are seeking to shift  their involvement in “Duffy-gate” to the two ex-journalists their own caucus strategically picked to stack the very Senate they told us they would reform if elected.

They defended the hapless Senators artfully, until the public furor and focus on the PM’s office became uncomfortable for them.

When told top aides in the PMOs office were found illegally engineering covering up Duffy’s alleged expense misconduct, most of the Canadian public has a very difficult time believing the prime minister did not discuss this with his close chief of staff.

Nigel Wright was noted for micromanaging the PM’s daily activities  and had constant communication on strategy and public statements.

I am sure many Conservative MPs and the PMO are ruffled. However, I suspect is more the ruffle of the public’s focus on how the prime minister himself could not have known of the plan to make this huge backroom payment of hush money to make this story go away.

Upon hearing of the prime minister warning his cabinet against dishonest acts and now listening to Conservative MPs lining up suddenly to attack their former Dream Team in the Senate calls for severe punishment and reform, my mother’s words again ring in my ear.

Roy Alexander





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