Jesus, I bet he even charged taxpayers for his little I-got-fired party. Someone might want to check that.
After going down to ignoble electoral defeat last week, soon-to-be-former Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon is set to deliver a farewell speech to his soon-to-be-former staff at his soon-to-be-former ministerial stomping grounds at the Lester B. Pearson building on Sussex.
For those of you who may be wondering idly whether this is standard practice for ministers who go down without the ship, the answer, as far as I know, is no. We may be about to find out why -- that, or establish a quaint, if bittersweet new tradition for such awkward departures.
If this is what a mere ex-CON cabinet minister does when he loses his job, can you imagine what'll happen when Lord Stephen eventually loses his job? We'd withdraw from Afghanistan just so there's enough troops available for the parade!
The Grope and Flail flies ever closer to the Sun and uses the word "Magnanimous" to describe Lost Cannon's unprecedented ego-feeding key turn-in party. The virus clearly spreads. Also this gem from mouth of the Displaced One:
The outgoing minister, in a speech to diplomats at his department’s Ottawa headquarters, underlined support for democracy and human rights around the world as the most important role for Canadian foreign policy. And he slipped in a joke at his own expense.No, none thought of him as the Maniwaki Gadhafi, but we should probably thank him for the correction as some of us had drawn other comparisons.
“The force of the instinct for democracy can sometimes surprise us, as has been the case in Tunisia, in Egypt, in Libya, and Syria – and I’m almost tempted to add, in Pontiac,” he said. “But I don’t think anybody ever thought of me as Maniwaki Gadhafi.”