Fascinating news from the lone bastion of Liberalism in the Kootenays: according to the Cranbrook Daily Townsman, Minister of State for Mining Bill Bennett has hired a new constituency assistant - former Canadian Broadcasting Corp. radio reporter Bob Keating. Not mentioned by the newspaper, though, was the reason why Mr. Keating is now a former reporter. But Public Eye is happy to let you in on his...um...dirty secret.
Back in 2003 Mr. Keating was fired for anonymously sending a box of choclates he contaminated with raw chicken and dirt to healthcare lobbyist Earl Hamilton, the committee chair for Save Our Services. According to published reports, Mr. Keating sent the chocolates because Mr. Hamilton said he was a "toady of the government; he was not to be trusted." But, before the package could arrive, the reporter felt a pang of guilt and told Mr. Hamilton what he had done.
In an interview with the Canadian Press, Mr. Keating explained, "I did something crazy at a time when I was under intense pressure. I'm a journalist. I hold people accountable to their actions. I should be held accountable to mine. I did something beyond stupid and it cost me a career. I think the CBC was justified in firing me."