This week yet another Conservative politician slipped through the nets of the “independent” Commissioners whose job it is to lend a pretense of accountability to the Harper regime. This time the guilty part is former Newfoundland Cabinet minister turned federal “fisheries ambassador” turned Conservative candidate turned Ocean Choice International executive Loyola Sullivan.
Sullivan has had an accomplished career. He was a Progressive Conservative member, briefly leader, and later Cabinet minister in Newfoundland. He retired in 2006 and was quickly snapped up by the federal Conservatives as a “Fisheries Ambassador.” Sullivan worked in that portfolio for a few more years, and then stepped down in early 2011 so that he could run for the federal Conservatives as their candidate in St. John’s South, where he was roundly drubbed by the NDP. Then shortly after the election defeat, he found a new job, this one in the private sector, as an executive at the Ocean Choice fisheries giant. One problem: apparently contrary to assurances he gave the Ethics Commissioner at the time of his hiring, that job involved organizing lobbying efforts against the federal government.
This is where the story begins to get complicated. What do you call the opposite of a catch-22 situation? What I mean is, a situation in which due process is rigged so that youwin either way?Tweet