Thursday, January 16, 2014

Hockey writer 'Little Bobby Clubber' thanked who for their ethical insight?

Good Day Readers:

This is really amusing. The two sitting beside 'Little Bobby' are Winnipeg Member of Parliament Shelly 'Expiry Date' Glover and 'Rocket' Rod Bruinooge both of whom looked thrilled out of their minds (such as they are) to be there. The gentlemen behind them security detail? Those in front family members/relatives? Did taxpayers pay for their tickets which undoubtedly were the cheapest in the house? Did they also finance their popcorn, drinks and parking? In the case of 'Rocket' he should reignite the abortion debate again to bring the Tory Cabinet even closer together. He sure has been quiet lately wonder what he's doing to earn his obscene salary and benefits package?

With "minimal impact" on their official duties? Wonder precisely how 'Clubber' defines that term. Jeezus, next he'll be thanking Senators, Duffy, Wallin, Brazeau, Harb, Olsen Stewart, LaBreton, Gerstein ..... for their ethical contributions. Oy vey!

Clare L. Pieuk
Stephen Harper thanks Nigel Wright for ethics advice in hockey book

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, hockey author, relied for ethical advice on the same former senior staffer he now says is responsible for an ethics scandal

Friday, November 29, 2013
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, centre, takes in a Winnipeg Jets game in Winnipeg last week. (John Woods/The Canadian Press File Photo)

OTTAWA—This may require a little prime ministerial stickhandling.

Stephen J. Harper, hockey author, relied for ethical advice on the same former senior staffer he now says is responsible for an ethics scandal rattling his Conservative government.

The Prime Minister’s long-awaited hockey history, A Great Game, was released earlier this month and in the acknowledgments Harper credits the assistance of Nigel Wright, his now-disgraced Chief of Staff.

Harper says several staffers in the Prime Minister’s Office helped on the book — with “minimal impact” on their official duties, of course — and credits Wright for the advice and liaison he provided with the federal ethics commissioner.

“Nigel Wright similarly assisted with advice and liaison with Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson, whose office was forthright and constructive,” Harper writes.

Wright has become Harper’s go-to whipping boy since he resigned — or was fired — from the PMO last May over his role in an ongoing Senate expense scandal.

Harper has stressed repeatedly in the House of Commons that Wright alone is under RCMP investigation in an alleged bribery and breach of trust scheme with former Conservative Senator Mike Duffy.

“On our side there is one person responsible for this deception and that person is Mr. Wright. It is Mr. Wright by his own admission,” the prime minister said in the House of Commons last month.

All proceeds from A Great Game: The Forgotten Leafs and the Rise of Professional Hockey, are going to a military charity.


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