Bob Chisolm, Rodney MacDonald’s new chief of staff, was forced to admit that he learned of the Fage drink-drink-honk-honk-smash-smash the night of the accident after back-bench Tory MLA Alfie MacLeod phoned him after driving by it. This is not good news for the Tories and for the Premier specifically, because it produces two scenarios, neither of which is positive:
a) That the Premier’s chief of staff does not trust his boss’ judgement and would rather hide bad news from him than have his input in how to deal with it.
b) That the Premier knew about the accident before December 4 (when he said he learned of it) and that his office is lining up to fall on their swords to protect him.
Having been caught in the lie, Chisolm weasled “If I did [mislead] I’m very sorry that I did.” If. If. He then went on to admit to a probable lapse of judgement. I’ll set aside the moral issue of lying to protect one’s ass, because that is sadly the assumed standard of behaviour these days, but to believe that one could hide the incident, that it would just go away is simple stupidity. I will not set aside the fact that this only makes it that much harder to believe anything these guys say or to trust them with my tax dollars any longer than I have to.
This kind of incompetence and cowardice is becoming the standard for this government. Yes, cowardice. If Bob Chisolm had any balls, he would have investigated the incident as soon as he heard, instead of admitting to reporters a month and a half too late that he was afraid of what he might learn about the details. Fear of reality is a damned good quality to have in a chief of staff, don’t you think, Rodney?
And let’s not leave Rodney out of this – if he had a spine, his advisors and staff would likely not have to try to hide bad news or sugar-coat reality for him.
This, unfortunately, is exactly the kind of behaviour that I’m growing accustomed to from The Fiddler and his Step-Dancing Clowns.