Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Stand Off Between Ethics Commissioner & Harper

CP reports that ethics commissioner Bernard Shapiro's decision to investigate Harper's recruitment of former Liberal cabinet minister David Emerson has now escalated into a full-blown face-off between the ethics commissioner and the prime minister.

The commissioner was appointed to a five-year term in 2004 and could presumably seek legal compensation if he's fired without cause. Will Harper fire Shapiro and should he as this threatens and weakens any future new ethics commissioner who knows that they too can be fired at the whim of the PM?

NEW UPDATE : CP further reports confirming previous concerns"The prime minister put him in a position that he can't resign now. You can quote me on that," Ed Broadbent said in an interview Wednesday. "It will look like he was hounded out of office and then it will make it difficult for anyone coming in to look like other than someone who is going to be totally acceptable to the prime minister."

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