The Council of Canadian reports that Leo Broderick, well known to readers of this website, is off to Cancun to be vigilant during World Trade Organisation meetings.
I remember when I got a small amount of ACOA funding from the late great Sandy Griswold back in 1994 to go to a conference in California. Sandy lamented that it would be much easier to get me funded to go to a conference in, say, Moncton, or even Michigan. California, though, had a pesky optics problem. My other problem was asking for too little — I think I needed $200 or something. He pushed things through though — I think I was funded under the Cooperation Agreement on Rural Economic Development or some such contraption.
Leo’s work in Cancun, noble and just though it may be, suffers from the same unavoidable optical problems. I’m sure that Leo and his colleagues, forthright as they are, are committed to having absolutely no fun at all in Mexico, despite the holiday makers surrounding them ;-)
Now if only Debra Kelly-Hawkes,Blair Ross and a few others would join him….ah, fools in paradise!
Didn’t the WTO foresee this optics problem and plan it to be this way?
What’d’ya say? Leo? In Cancun? In the midst of a provincial election campaign? Say it ain’t so! Who will form the “don’t-believe-anything-they’re-telling-you” team that the media goes to for the OTHER other side of the story?
When I read things on your web site, Peter, I wonder if people understand that what they say is in fact a public statement. Sometimes we see stuff on blogs that sounds very much like people think they are in private. I suppose some of my blog posts have been close to the edge too.
Anyway, it’s nice to read this item. It’s amusing, it actually conducts a journalistic “inform the public” type role, and you are having a little fun with a part of Leo’s character that I’m sure he’ll find amusing and not offensive in any way.
I guess I could have just said all t his in two words, “good blogspot”.