Thursday, August 07, 2008

To what purpose, Ms. Black?

It seems that Dawn Black, NDP defence critic, has become interested in the promotion of one particular colonel to brigadier general.

How predictable. And how sad that our defence critics have nothing better to do than try to score political points on the back of one man's promotion board redress.

Because if that's not what she's trying to do, I'd ask what else could it be? Promotions happen all the time. Grievances, disciplinary actions, and all manner of things that would affect the careers of those serving in uniform. Undoubtedly, some of those promoted don't really deserve to be, and some who deserve to be aren't getting promoted. If Ms. Black is so very concerned about the appropriateness of CF promotions, why pick on this one?

Some days - hell, most days - politicians of just about every stripe make me want to spit. I suggest you take a long look in the mirror, Ms. Black, before you pursue this any further.


Blogger WE Speak said...

As with many things it's not the action but the cover-up (or attempt to) that generates the controversy. I have no doubt that Labbe was deserving of promotion. By signing off on his promotion as one of his last acts, just prior to Labbe retiring, and trying to keep it quiet, Hillier helped ignite the storm.

I'm surprised actually. I would have thought it would be more in keeping with Hillier's style to hold a press conference announcing Labbe's promotion, explaining that he was doing so to right a wrong that had occurred. I think much of the criticism would have been muted had it been handled in that way. The Ottawa Citizen editorial, Col Labbe's Redemption, agrees that Col. Labbe is deserving but that DND has done a poor job of telling us why.

By trying to quietly accomplish this, Hillier helped fuel critics skepticism instead of possibly defusing it.

That being said, I think Black is trying to keep this going for nothing more than poltical gain. I think it's ridiculous to even consider calling BGEN Labbe to testify.

8:57 p.m., August 07, 2008  

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