Friday, November 26, 2004
Controversy seems to follow some public figures like the smell of cheap perfume. Unfortunately for her, such is the lot of Canadian Minister of Citizenship & Immigration, The Honorable Judy Sgro.Don’t get me wrong. I think her appointment was a wise choice, given her background and the ethnically diverse riding she represents. Moreover, I admire her character. She displays a feisty street-fighter side in the House of Commons, giving better than she gets, when attacked. She is the kind of person you’d want on your side in a bar-room brawl. Hard not to like.That said, her short tenure as minister has been marked by a number of disputatious events:
Taken together they make it difficult for her to serve effectively. The opposition and national press smell blood and, fairly or not, they are circling.The Citizenship & Immigration portfolio is an important one and its direction and administration deserves the full-time attention of the Minister.
Able as she may be, it is evident that a good portion of her time is now devoted to damage control. At some point soon she must decide what is in the people’s best interest.
Blog written by David Cohen