No, the bloody dripping head of Ian Brodie on a plate before Parliament is not necessary. But anything short of nice fresh, ink-still-wet, resignation is unacceptable.
The leak of a confidential diplomatic discussion that rocked the U.S. presidential campaign began with an offhand remark to journalists from the Prime Minister's chief of staff, Ian Brodie.Do you see how Campbell Clark wrote that? Offhand remark.
Try calculated leak.
And now we have Harper pulling an OJ Simpson.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper vowed yesterday to use whatever investigative means necessary to find the source of leaks that, he said, were "unfair" to U.S. Democratic candidate Barack Obama and may have been illegal...Harper, of course is going hunting for a civil servant to execute.
Although Mr. Harper has for days brushed aside allegations that his government interfered in the U.S. presidential campaign, yesterday he promised to "get to the bottom" of the matter and said laws may have been broken. [...]Let's see... where would OJ start looking? How about here.
But opposition politicians accused Mr. Harper of hiding behind artful denials - ignoring the verbal leak, while denying that the diplomatic memo came from his top aide.
However, Mr. Harper did not appear to be distinguishing between the two leaks yesterday.
Yesterday, he said he had asked the top civil servant, Clerk of the Privy Council Kevin Lynch, to call in an internal security team, with the help of Foreign Affairs.
Members of the opposition asserted that an internal inquiry is unlikely to look seriously at Mr. Harper's own high-level political aides and appointees, such as Mr. Brodie, or Michael Wilson, Canada's ambassador to Washington.