A great man once said, "Politics is inherently stupid." That great man was me.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Give Me A Break

The latest non-issue from the Globe and Mail:

OTTAWA -- Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay is coming under fire after his father used the fax machine in his constituency office to transmit letters defending businessman Karlheinz Schreiber, who is fighting extradition to Germany on fraud charges.

The Bloc Québécois has obtained letters faxed from the minister's Central Nova office in which Elmer MacKay, a former Conservative cabinet minister, attacked the RCMP investigation into Mr. Schreiber's business dealings in Canada.

The opposition is upset over the use of a fax machine? I presume the opposition now wishes that any Canadian who has ever let a family member use their office copy machine or telephone must submit to an investigation by the RCMP.

Here's an idea: Elmer KcKay is a constituent of Peter McKay's. And if a constituent makes a request to use his or her MP's fax machine for a legal purpose, such as lobbying the government on behalf of someone's well-being (as happens literally every day in your MP's office) it would be wrong for that MP to deny a constituent help.

This reminds me of a Dilbert cartoon:

© Douglas Adams

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