Integrity in Politics

Tonight, reflecting back on the days political events in Canada, I’m left with a bad taste in my mouth. This is even worse considering how long I’ve waited to see Prime Minister Harper win.

Today, he was sworn in as the 22nd Prime Minister of Canada, and announced his cabinet. While most of the cabinet is exceptional (Day, Ambrose, Solberg, McKay [in that order…]), he made two terrible mistakes.

After spending much of the campaign focusing on cleaning up government, democratic responsibility, and not appointing senators, he appoints his campaign co-chair to the Senate AND cabinet (as an unelected Montreal).

He swore not to appoint anyone to cabinet or the Senate, and he gives a patronage appointment both.

In addition to my good wishes, I want to give some words of advice to our new PM: Having 90% Integrity is like having none at all.

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