A brief summary would be: the Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien (called JC) started a public project. People in charge of the project diverted tax payers' money into their own pockets or those of their friends rather than the project. JC retired and Paul Martin took over as Prime Minister, and then the scandal broke. Today Judge Gomery, who was incharge of the investigation into the mess, released his report (it's a 1000 pages BTW).
I admit my first reaction when I heard the scandal was:
Um.. ok... moving on...
I cannot speak for all immigrants, but can bet you that a significant percentage of the immigrants from the so-called third world would have a similar reaction. Do we have a lower standard for our politicians than the rest of Canada?
After all, many of us come from places where corruption is the rule, not the exception (see Bangladesh). We are used to it. We expect it. And when it happens we compare it to situation back home and say, "it's not so bad".
This is why the governing Liberal Party can stay on in power despite broken promises, corruption and scandals. Our Opposition scares us. The man (oh please get rid of Stephen Harper) leading the Conservatives and his minions always make comments that are portrayed as racist, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, anti-French, anti-minority, anti-women (you get the idea). They have no new alternative policies to offer to Canadians other than bitch and moan. Whenever they open their mouth they want to shove their religious values on the rest of Canada (we are very secular and very liberal, in case they didn't notice). They supported the Iraq war (which the rest of Canada opposed) and now have a collective amnesia as to that chapter. And we, the immigrants, have a fear that they would make Canada the 51st state.
Looks like we are stuck with the present bunch in Ottawa for some time.
Tags: Gomery Corruption Immigrant Conservative