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A Lesson in Ethics for the Liberals

December 27th, 2005

How badly skewed is the ethics radar in this country where theft of hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money reduces a government to mere minority status? So skewed, that this is news:

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. Â? Federal NDP candidate Peg Norman received an offer she had to refuse from former TV chat show host Rosie O’Donnell.

Norman, who is running for the second time in the Newfoundland riding of St. John’s South-Mount Pearl, had to say no thanks to O’Donnell’s “generous” offer of a donation in the Jan. 23 election campaign because the actress isn’t a Canadian citizen.

Here’s the more salient facts:

The two women have known each other for several years.
“We’ve kept in touch since then, so when she heard that I was running again in federal politics, she sent a donation,” says Norman.

There is literally no story here. O’Donnell wanted to donate to a woman she knows and admires but couldn’t due to Canadian law. Thus, donation returned. So why is it in every newspaper today?

Partly, of course, because O’Donnell is a celebrity. But lets face it, this is a story because a candidate did the right thing without consulting the lawyers, the ethics commissioner, the party leader, &tc. Just “Sorry, can’t take it.” I bet she could use it though.

Now, hands up everybody who thinks that if Ms. Norman was a Liberal, the party brass would have found a Canadian friend to filter the donation through? Yea, me too. And that’s why this is a story.


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