Shortly after agreeing to a public inquiry in 2004 into the sponsorship scandal, Liberal ministers began suggesting the Opposition wait until the inquiry report was finished. One of the first to suggest this was the then Minister of Public Works Stephen Owen, on March 8th, 2004. However, it is Scott Brison’s Question Period answer that I remember the best.
“Let Justice Gomery do his work.” Do you remember that phrase? A quick search showed it was used at least as early as April 14, 2005 by Scott Brison (the Liberal Minister of Public Works) to deflect Opposition questions on the sponsorship scandal.
I can recall it being used primarily by Mr. Brison, but others as well, day after day, quite often several times in one Question Period session. It would be the Liberal QP manta up until the first report was delivered in November 2005.
That was a real scandal, one that rocked the Liberal Party and the nation. So far the Guergis affair with unknown allegations doesn’t match up to the sponsorship scandal.
If the Liberals felt it so important to let Justice Gomery do his work, why have they now changed their tune and why are they demanding immediate answers before the Ethics Commissioner and RCMP have done their work? The answer of course is cheap politics and a Leader and party desperate to try to get some positive ink.
Their manufactured outrage may be falling on deaf ears. Other than folks inside the Queensway here in the Ottawa bubble, do Canadians really care? Spring is here, Canadians are outside enjoying the weather and a bunch of angry MPs shouting at each other in Question Period is the last thing on their mind.
Given a choice of watching the antics in Question Period or firing up the BBQ, it’s a no brainer as to which one Canadians will choose.