It's just been announced on CBC Radio that Francie Ducros has decided to leave the PMO (Prime Minister's Office) staff, and return to the general public service -- code for a position not attached to a ministry; in practice it means even private comments wouldn't provoke the kind of "interest" that they have. There's been widespread rumours amongst journalists that she had burned all her bridges with her journalistic contacts anyway, out of over-zealous loyalty to the PMO, and that's why the reporter who overheard her private remark decided to put it on the public record -- the journalism community had nothing to lose by blowing up a valuable inside source.
In this morning's Globe and Mail, veteran editor Margaret Wente says Ducros should have said "'Mormon!', I meant 'Mormon' -- yeah, that's it, George Bush is a Mormon." She says at least then she would have been wrong in fact and it could have been patched up better. As even many USAmericans seem to harbour a fear that Bush is less than a stellar intellectual, despite his university degrees (which have less currency these days anyway), they are particularly thin-skinned about comments regarding Bush's intelligence. As I have suggested to USAmericans who are over-reacting, leave the thin-skinned theatrics to us Canuckistanis. We do it far better, having had more practice. ;-) -- Marc A. Schindler Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland “Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on” – Winston Churchill Note: This communication represents the informal personal views of the author solely; its contents do not necessarily reflect those of the author’s employer, nor those of any organization with which the author may be associated. ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// /// ZION LIST CHARTER: Please read it at /// /// http://www.zionsbest.com/charter.html /// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ==^^=============================================================== This email was sent to: email@example.com EASY UNSUBSCRIBE click here: http://topica.com/u/?aaP9AU.bWix1n.YXJjaGl2 Or send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] T O P I C A -- Register now to manage your mail! http://www.topica.com/partner/tag02/register ==^^===============================================================