From my POV, the opposition members of the committee were deliberately attempting to humiliate Mr. Morgan, and thereby show Prime Minister Harper who's boss. NDP M.P. Peggy Nash et al felt they had won some kind of bizarre victory.
Gwyn Morgan has impeccable qualifications, and was willing to work for a dollar a year. The opposition parties suggested that a person who is clearly partisan shouldn't be in charge of vetting patronage candidates. But that claim is suspect. The position would merely approve the process; not the selection. Also, Mr. Morgan with his token salary is obviously not financially motivated, so this is no patronage appointment on its own. The weak allegation of racist comments was obviously a desperate red herring.
The Prime Minister felt Gwyn Morgan was the best man for the job, so why settle for second best? Why not wait for such a time as the Canadian people have a chance to voice their opinion rather than be railroaded by a group of cranky, petulant opposition members that have their collective noses out of joint?
Let's see who throws the "snit fit" then!
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