Thursday, May 18, 2006

Cry babies on the right

It seems Gwyn Morgan’s feelings were hurt because the opposition parties had issues with his public statements, and didn’t bow and scrape and kiss his feet when he deigned to come before them on his way to heading Harper’s public appointments commission.

Look at the guy’s record; I can’t imagine why the opposition might have had a few questions. Boo hoo, Gwyn. From their conduct in this affair one thing is clear, and another Harper flip-flop is revealed: he can’t take a punch, and neither can Morgan.

The ironic thing is that it’s the Conservatives that supposedly want us to move more toward an American system, which has Congress review many of the major appointments by the executive branch. You think this committee hearing was political? Not by a long shot. Harper appointed a dud. The system worked.

Perhaps Gwyn Morgan and David Emerson can get together somewhere and have a big pity party. Those two are perfect for each other.

PM's rejected nominee deplores treatment
Opposition attacked personal character, Gwyn Morgan says
From Thursday's Globe and Mail

OTTAWA — There is no individual in Canada who would take an appointment that involves a public grilling by a Commons committee after the "vicious" treatment he received on Tuesday, Gwyn Morgan said yesterday.

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Bob The Red said...

Bang on, Jeff. Bang on.

expatgreg said...

The House of Commons Committee was right to reject this nomination. Stephen Harper and all Canadians who continue to support Mr. Morgan should be ashamed of themselves. Before making racist statements Gwyn Morgan should spend his time exploring why Jamaican Canadian’s have such dire economic circumstances in Toronto. Contrast that with Jamaican Americans in New York, Atlanta, Miami, Charlotte etc…who have higher employment statistics and earn significantly more than the national average in the United States. He could explore this discrepancy but it might lead him to discover issues of systemic discrimination and nepotism which exist in Toronto.

If there were no Jamaican Canadians in Toronto it probably be would be some other group facing the brunt of the racism, as you look across the country one group is always marginalized as the source of “gangs and violence” South Asian/Indo Canadians (Vancouver, Calgary), Aboriginal Canadians (Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg), Jamaican Canadians (Toronto), Haitian Canadians (Montreal), African & Aboriginal Canadians (Halifax). Malcolm Gladwell’s 1996 New Yorker article analyzing the contradiction of “how West Indians celebrated in New York for their industry and drive could represent, just five hundred miles northwest, crime and dissipation” provides an excellent analysis “what has happened to Jamaicans in Toronto is proof that what has happened to Jamaicans here is not the end of racism, or even the beginning of the end of racism, but an accident of history and geography. In America, there is someone else to despise. In Canada, there is not. In the new racism, as in the old, somebody always has to be the nigger.”

Imagine President Bush trying to appoint someone to such a high profile position who was on the record with the same sort of statements about African Americans or Hispanic Americans, the nomination wouldn’t even survive the Senate sub-committee hearings and Bush probably wouldn’t nominate such a candidate because it would be seen as a liability. I guess the difference is you have 30+ million African Americans and 25+ million Hispanic Americans in the US that constitute a huge voting block whereas Jamaican Canadians don’t exist in large numbers outside of Toronto and are ignored by all political parties including the Liberals.

Malcolm Gladwell. “Black Like Them” The New Yorker, 74-81 (29 April & 6 May, 1996). Available at: