The federal sponsorship scandal cast a shadow over both elected politicians and members of Canada's civil service, but the program's problems were "unacceptable aberrations" and not the norm in an otherwise talented and committed public sector, Prime Minister Paul Martin said Tuesday.
"The issues related to the Gomery inquiry, issues that have reflected on both those who are elected and those who are professional public servants — these are unacceptable aberrations in a public sector that is honest, talented and committed to Canadians," Mr. Martin told a group of senior civil servants in Gatineau, Que.
If only it were so and not the norm. Think gun registry, HRDC boondoogle, CIDA, Volpe’s meals and Pettigrew’s chauffeur and Shelia Copps with her flags that would not fly and that’s just off the top of my head without even flexing my memory. Start your own lists.