The Shotgun Blog
Thursday, November 25, 2004
When Sgro goes
Immigration Minister Judy Sgro will be toast, in part because she has little if any support among her caucus mates, in part because every backbencher is eyeing a jump into the cabinet if Sgro is dumped. My prediction is that Ruby Dhalla (Brampton-Springdale) could get the post, or at least the junior portfolio that now belongs to whoever is promoted to replace Sgro. Dhalla is a young, female and a visible minority from the GTA and Prime Minister Paul Martin would love to have her cabinet. Many political observers were shocked to see her missing from the post-election cabinet.
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I never had much interest in the Immigration Ministry before (think Elinor Caplan). But I have a feeling Ruby could change all that.
Posted by: Kevin Libin | 2004-11-25 11:05:44 PM
Seriously, though, it appears Sgro is as adept at damage control as she is in the subtelty of handing out political favours.
She is defending the stripper visa today by noting that "the strip club business is "a strong industry" with "lots of customers" suffering from a labour shortage.
Thank heavens the Liberals are there to ensure that no Canadian ever has to wait too long for a lap dance.
Posted by: Kevin Libin | 2004-11-25 11:12:13 PM
Minister Sgro is quite wrong. The only strong industry in Canada is the immigration industry.
As to why so many strippers, fugitives and AIDS patients get into Canada: easy to understand. The more disreputable the activity and the more desperate and unwanted is a group of people, the more they are willing to pay, and the more pliable they will be after they have made it in.
Whereas people who are educated, hard working, honest and law abiding have a lot more choices in the world and are not nearly as motivated to pay off the Party in order to get in.
Other than some minor titillation, does anyone actually care which one of Martin's trained seals gets to hold open the valve on the pipeline of instant Liberals and cash payoffs?
Posted by: Justzumgai | 2004-11-26 9:45:17 AM
Please don't trivialize my titillation.
Posted by: Kevin Libin | 2004-11-26 10:47:11 AM
How is this story any different than Sgro's stripper-gate, except that the responsible minister is paying for his actions with his job.
Posted by: Homer Bombeck | 2004-12-15 1:46:53 PM
"How is this story any different than Sgro's stripper-gate, except that the responsible minister is paying for his actions with his job."
Chalk it up to the differences between Anglo-American and Latin American political cultures.
Posted by: Justzumgai | 2004-12-15 2:38:37 PM
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