Monday, April 23, 2012

"Social Justice" Has Been Good To Canada's Bev Oda

Bev Oda, cropped from: UNDP Administrator Hele...
Bev Oda, cropped from: UNDP Administrator Helen Clark with Canada Minister of International Cooperation Bev Oda, Haiti Donor Conference, March 31 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
"The International Co-operation Minister, who has previously run into trouble as a result of her champagne tastes, was supposed to stay at the Grange St. Paul's Hotel.... But she switched to the Savoy – a hotel favoured by royalty that cost more than twice as much as the Grange."
The Minister was attending a conference on the immunization of children in poor countries. She stayed in a hotel where a glass of OJ costs $16.

Meanwhile, the American CEO and Founder of the "Center for Social Justice & Human Development" thinks that social justice will only be achieved when a sleazy instance of Nigerian plagiarism  results in $94,000 being transferred into his bank account. 
Social Justice in the Liberal State
Social Justice in the Liberal State (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This is the logo for the Grinnell College Youn...
This is the logo for the Grinnell College Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ah, yes. Social justice has been good to me...
Social Justice Foundation Logo Español: Logo F...
Social Justice Foundation Logo Español: Logo Fundación Justicia Social (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

'Freedom and Social Justice' electoral stencil...
'Freedom and Social Justice' electoral stencil in Ramallah (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

8 comments:

Bec said...

Pay back the difference, Minister Oda. This is not in the slightest bit okay and it's coming from a voter who supported you during the witchhunt.

YOU BLEW IT!

Lorne Russell said...

We have another Helena Guergis situation here. Entitled, self absorbed Minister. Has Harper learned his lesson, or will he stick with Oda to the bitter end?

Anonymous said...

Oink oink.

Anon1152 said...

I think citizen assemblies or juries should be called on a regular basis to scrutinize our politicians expenses. It might "depoliticize" the issue somewhat.

I think it would also help keep costs down if they knew that a dozen regular people would be looking at every one of those expenses.

RkBall said...

Citizen assemblies -- yes, but only as long as they are government-appointed, and, in the name of social justice, given generous per diems and morael-building excursions to Las Vegas. As a sign of government prudence, the cost of THEIR OJ could be capped at $8/glass.

Anon1152 said...

They'd have to be "appointed" by lot. A truly democratic procedure. I think they should be paid at least the average wage of average Canadians... perhaps a bit more. Surely it will be less expensive overall than using so many "experts" on contract with the government.

As for the OJ, I think the cost could be brought down with bulk purchases of Tang.

RkBall said...

Tang? Sure, you would say that. Everyone knows that Anon1152 is in the pay of Big Tang.

And what about the auditor's dept?

If gov'ts had to post all this online, you can bet there would be a lot of scrutiny done for free by cranky retirees, opposition parties, etc. But no, you wouldn't suggest this -- because you are controlled by BIG TANG!!!

Anon1152 said...

I'm expecting a cheque from Big Tang any day now.

As for posting everything online... that would definitely lead to cranky scrutiny, as you say. But it wouldn't be accountable scrutiny, in the same way that democratically selected citizens would be accountable. They'd have to do more than just say "no". (Or say that others should have said "no").

If a representative sample of the citizenry is chosen to think about something and make a decision, I trust them more than our elected representatives.

"... nothing intellectually compelling or challenging.. bald assertions coupled to superstition... woefully pathetic"