Just like Trusty Tory, I don't usually like going after Dippers, but my motives are different - The NDP is the CPC's best friend for splitting the vote on the left. However, some things just transcend partisanship, and this is one of them.
The Star's Ottawa Bureau-chief, Bruce Campion-Smith had an article in yesterday's paper that contains a wakeup call of sorts for Jack Layton (Apology of sorts for 'porn slur').
In my opinion, Irene Mathyssen is just not MP material. Perhaps she could function as an Independent, but she has demonstrated that her mouth and her own selfish interests take priority over her sense of working with the team, and even over human decency.
After her (forced) formal apology to James Moore in the House on Friday morning, Mathyssen didn't have the good sense to keep her big yap shut:
Yesterday, she publicly apologized in the Commons for not raising her concern with Moore privately.
"I recognize that would have been the appropriate step," Mathyssen said in an interview.
But she maintains such photos have no place in the Commons.
"I think that is a mistake and I'm sure that he has learned that, the importance of prudence," Mathyssen said. "What I saw was not appropriate."
When I first read that, I assumed she had said it before the formal apology, but the subtitle in the article says, "Sorry for raising laptop photos publicly, MP tells House, but later calls images inappropriate". So this was actually said afterwards!!!
Jack Layton has been notably absent from all this embarrassment; instead sending Libby Davies to be the cleanup attendant. I think he's afraid that some of this dirt might stick to him. He probably wants to distance himself as much as possible from the ongoing train wreck.
So here's my advice for Jack - Make use of the handyman's best friend, and place it firmly over Irene's mouth.
Or bite the bullet and dump her altogether. She's not a team-player.
Her constituents should do the same come the next election.
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Related: Dr. Roy - Irene criticized from coast to coast.