I was of the belief that public inquiries had value because of their independence. And yet David Johnston has recommended the inquiry into Brian Mulroney’s illicit dealings is to be DEPENDENT upon the conclusion of the Ethic’s Committee’s hearings. How very convenient. How very endearing David Johnston has no doubt made himself of Stephen Harper’s best possible scenario.
No doubt there was some public “channeling” going on as between Stephen Harper’s public musings at year end about how he thought the public inquiry should proceed, if at all, and the recommendation of the apparently highly compliant, and as such, highly questionable David Johnston, who has proven himself to be the most useful political instrument in a time of need.
By turning an independent public inquiry into a dependent public inquiry, Stephen Harper has achieved a number of nefarious ends, all of which are consistent with his initial visceral response to the whole notion of a public inquiry when he infamously condoned a tolerance for corruption by stating:
“This is not a route that I want to go down, and I don’t think that if the Liberal Party thought twice about it, it is a power they would want to give me.”
So what has Harper achieved through these Terms of Endearment? First it needs to be acknowledged that the Ethics Committee is much broader in its mandate. For example it can chose to look into the The queer intersection of Mulroney's Directorships with major policies of the Harper government . However the Ethics Committee is more dysfunctional by its very partisan nature than a Public Inquiry.
Meanwhile the powers and functionality of a Public Inquiry only come into play upon the cessation of the Ethics Committee whereupon the focus of the inquiry become vastly more narrow, which is all designed to immunize Harper from the dealings he most assuredly had with Brian Mulroney and the large number of Harper polices that align with the commercial interests that Brian Mulroney now represents, the most telling of which is Harper’s hell bent mission to dismantle the Canadian Wheat Board, which apart from making no policy sense whatsoever would accrue to the tremendous commercial benefit Archer Daniels Midland, a board on which Brian Mulroney sits and has sat, ever since ADM was ADM was charged with one of the largest price fixing fines in history by the US Justice Department.
Speaking of justice, do you suppose this highly rigged and contrived Dependent Public Inquiry of David Johnston’s will ever see justice served and the truth revealed? Perish the thought.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Posted by Fillibluster at 1:48 PM