Canadian official quits over Mandela trip
Edmonton - The premier of the western Canadian province of Alberta announced on Wednesday she is resigning after being criticised for spending thousands on a trip to South Africa for Nelson Mandela's memorial service.
Premier Alison Redford has been struggling to deal with unrest in her Progressive Conservative caucus over her leadership style and expenses. She said her resignation will be effective on Sunday.
Redford could not weather weeks of revelations of lavish spending by herself and her government. It began when it surfaced that she had spent $45 000 (+/- R 450 000) on first-class air tickets and a government plane to go to Mandela's memorial in South Africa.
Last week, a member of her government quit, calling Redford a bully, and earlier this week, an associate minister resigned, saying the party has issues with entitlement.
So Canada is not pure is the virgin snow.
But when these type of practices surface, there are resignations by the guilty. She certainly will not be re-deployed in some other function in the government. There is also no case of going to court while she stays on in her position.
The associate minister's resignation is coupled to the fact that the party "has issues with entitlement". Pity those with hands out in this country cannot follow such a moral stance.
One needs to ask whether everyone in this country who flies excessively for business and/or private reasons, or those who have an entitlement attitude and is still in his or her position, has lost their moral compass?
Or should one rather ask if they ever had one?.....