How do you put out a fire?
Simple question, first of all it depends on how big the fire is. If it is a small fire, like a candle, it’s pretty simple. You can blow it out, some like to dampen their fingertips and pinch the flame out, or the more elegant might use a candle snuffer. Basically you can douse it with water (on your fingertips) or starve it for fuel (with the snuffer).
If it’s a larger fire, like a campfire you can toss a bucket of water on it, starve it for fuel and let it burn out on its own.
What if it’s a big fire? Like a PMO/Senate Scandal?
Well Steve and Co. have tried just about everything you can think of. They tried to let it burn itself out, no luck. They threw water on it and tossed people under the bus to no avail.
They even sent their minions with torches at Justin Trudeau, the only problem is that Canadians like Justin Trudeau. He may not be everyone’s choice for PM, but lots of us grew up with him. He’s a nice guy.
And the fire the Harperistas started at JT’s feet just drew more people to him to sit by the fire. Like going camping or enjoying a bonfire. It just wasn’t working.
So the Harper folk looked for a new place to set a fire. I mean intentionally.
So they set their torches toward recently retired Lieutenant General Andrew Leslie. And they got a fire started.
A lot of people are upset that the General’s move to a new home not far from his existing home ran to $72,000.00 or so.
CTV reported this, Minister Rob Nicholson is telling the DND to look into this. But the bottom line is that it appears that the only thing that General Leslie did wrong was to join the wrong political party.
He joined the Liberal Party of Canada.
You see, because the Military requires members of the Forces to relocate, there is a provision that helps to take care of the move. A benefit of serving for 20 or more years in the Military is that the government pays for one last move. It could be across town or across the country, but the government has a third party company that takes care of packing, storing, and moving the retirees’ property to the new location. The Integrated Relocation Plan (IRP) also takes care of some of the expenses in selling the old home and buying the new one. In General Leslie’s case, this was $72,000.00.
General Leslie did not hire anyone, he didn’t do anything other than what a 20+ year veteran would do. He submitted his information for the move. The third party took care of the rest.
The IRP has been on the books for decades. As a matter of fact, the Auditor General submitted a report on the IRP in November 2006 to the Harper government that pointed out a number of problems with the IRP. The government did nothing about it. They even repeated problems that the AG pointed out in 2006.
When General Leslie moved in 2011, no alarms went off, no one at the Treasury Board Secretariat (Tony Clement’s department) waved any flags and no one in Rob Nicholson’s National Defence Department raised any issues either.
Actually, the Harper Party was so enamoured with General Leslie that they offered him a job, even hinting that he should run for them in the next election. No they didn’t get mad at him until after he had signed on to be an advisor to the Liberal Party on International Affairs.
The Harper Party should take care here. They have already offended the Veterans and the Military with their treatment of our Warriors. They are adding fuel to that fire by starting up with General Leslie.
You see the danger is that when you start fires, they can become unpredictable… especially when they are big ones.
It just depends on which way the wind blows.
Maybe Stever should be happy we don’t live in an emerging Democracy like Egypt… It’s not good to pee on the military there, is it Steve?