Puttin’ on the Ritz, Tory style

Canscene) — “Inappropriate” is what Harper’s Conservatives call them but an increasing number of insulting remarks cannot be excused as faux pas.

The recent outrageous comments by Gerry Ritz, minister responsible for food safety need not be repeated here; they’ve already been given too much publicity, but the fact that Ritz was merely directed to issue an apology is a lame excuse for what is now on record as tasteless behaviour.

MP Wayne Easter, butt of one of Ritz’ remarks, said recently  “Sadly, this isn’t an isolated incident. It’s just the latest example of juvenile, amateurish behaviour on the part of a government caucus that lacks the experience or gravitas to run our country. It is yet another example of the weak team that Mr. Harper leads, and it stands in stark contrast to the strong team and principled leadership of Stéphane Dion.

I’ve repeatedly called for Gerry Ritz to resign. We will see in the coming days if Mr. Harper finally does the right thing. But in any case, replacing one minister is not enough. Canada needs a whole new government: a new government with a real plan, a strong team and the principled leadership of Stéphane Dion.”


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