Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Alfonso Gagliano Points out Paul Martin’s Hypocrisy

We at The Blue Maple Leaf pointed out some of the blatant hypocrisy that flowed out of Paul Martin’s recent televised address. In the article this author wrote:

“The fact that he recalled Alfonso Gagliano from Denmark should also tell a story to Canadians. Mr. Gagliano was not recalled, because he was a poor Ambassador. He was recalled, because Paul Martin knew the full extent of Gagliano’s involvement in this liberal corruption scheme. Again, Paul Martin did not wait until the final report of Justice Gomery to condemn Gagliano and destroy his career. He simply recalled the man to Canada and terminated him.”

This statement is now being validated by Gagliano himself. In a recent interview with CTV news, Alfonso Gagliano says he is the vitim of Paul Martin’s double standard. He says he has been unfairly singled out for blame in the sponsorship program, and believes the prime minister is a hypocrite for judging him so swiftly.

When he spoke to the nation in a rare televised speech last Thursday night, Prime Minister Paul Martin made special mention of the former public works minister.

"I fired Alfonso Gagliano, the minister responsible for the sponsorship program, from his appointment as ambassador to Denmark," Martin said as he recounted a list of his responses to the scandal.

As the prime minister has often repeated, he commissioned veteran Quebec Justice John Gomery to head an inquiry into program as soon as he took office.

But Gagliano says Martin's plea that Canadians wait until Gomery reports before passing judgment on his party or government smack of hypocrisy.

"If he asks Canadians to wait ... before they can pass judgment on him and his government, why didn't he wait for the Gomery report before he fired me (in February, 2004)?"

Pointing to current senior cabinet ministers Pierre Pettigrew and Anne McLellan, both of whom were in charge of once scandal-plagued departments, Gagliano said there was no precedent for his being singled out on this file.

Denying any direct links to allegations of wrongdoing in the sponsorship program, Gagliano said, " I did everything I could when I was aware, I acted."

"I learned the same time you learned that these things took place ... there is no direct link with me," he added. "So why didn't the prime minister wait for the report and what Gomery will say before he judges me."

Mr. Gagliano, the answer is obvious; Prime Minister Paul Martin is a desperate hypocrite.


At 5:35 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Pot calling the Kettle black. Absolute classic. Well, at least Alfonso is right about assessing the overall situation in its context to the federation.

Schwarze Tulpe

At 10:43 p.m., Anonymous Aizlynne, Calgary said...

Gomery can't make any accusations or point figures at anyone anyway. The whole inquiry actually started as a bogus attempt to assauge Cdns that it would find fault where fault belonged. While this may be somewhat true, it is misleading. Gomery can only make recommendations about how to prevent this from happening again in the sponsorship program... which doesn't even exist anymore.

The inquiry will continue whether an election is called or not. How much longer are Cdns willing to wait while the Libs clean up house in order to try to hide whatever is left?


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