The Globe and Mail - Harper to pick former B.C. premier as Canadian envoy to Britain
Now he’ll have a whole nother side of the road to drink and drive on (or “drink-drive" on, in the common parlance of all those newly at-risk Brits out there). And with diplomatic immunity no less!
Honestly, what does it say about the state of representative democracy when a man loathed out of his own job as premier (“single-digit popularity”, according to the same Globe article) and, by the same token, out of his own political home (British Columbia), is whisked overseas to take up a governmental sinecure? Not only do we residents of British Columbia demonstrably not want the man representing us at home, he is now going to represent our entire country abroad. Shouldn’t a public figure’s track record of indefensible personal judgment count for something?
I seem to recall the same Gordon Campbell chiming in on the case of Ray Lam, a provincial NDP candidate who was shamefully shamed out of running for the Vancouver-False Creek seat after a picture of him cheekily touching a woman’s breast with his (gay-man) hand was discovered on his Facebook (see: this CBC article). Yes there were other pictures, but yes, they were between consenting adults, and consenting adults should be pretty much allowed to do whatever they want so long as it doesn’t hurt or risk hurting anyone (i.e., a whole colourful spectrum of non-drinking-and-driving activities).
Quoth envoy-elect Campbell on the case of Ray Lam:
"This was public information. It was on the NDP website and they have some responsibilities in terms of that. … They were totally inappropriate pictures and the NDP has some questions to answer for," he said Monday while campaigning near Vancouver.
Well how about the above pictures, eh?