Life is like a box of choclates

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 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."


Refreshing to hear that a Lino took responsibility for himself.Sopmething to respect.Maybe it will be contagious and they will take responsibiity for the state of affairs with child welfare.Except this one is stinkier than chicken and dirt and will take more courage.

uh, but his getting the job does kind show that he was a toady of the government doesn't it? i mean, how else but by being a toady does anyone ever get a job as a constituency assistant?

That makes me ill. Everyone deserves another chance, I hope he has learned something and is somewhat more tolerant to the views of others.

It certainly makes it clear he was pretty one-sided in his views. The new job confirms it in this case.

The implication is clear. Keating as a CBC reporter was a partisan Liberal supporter.

This is not news in either French or English.

New Flash: Journalists are people too - they are allowed to form their own opinions and vote too.

Politicians actually can turn into great journalists because they've been 'on the inside' and can get better sources, etc. You don't hear people complaining about Moira McLean exerting a Liberal bias do you? The NDP thinks she is fair from what I understand.

And the other way around - journalists make great politicans because they have spent their time as a journalist learning to question things, think critically about what's going on, and put forward and suggest solutions.

Journalists and politicians share much in common - it's nothing new and not a rare event that one jumps from one side to the other.

If anyone wants to claim that politicians make great journalists I've got two words that will set you straight: Moe Sihota.

wow that was a nice shot....

Way to go Posey, you did what any person with a grade 3 education can do and found an exception to what generally is the rule (applause)

Hey Maxi Pad, when you make broad statements without putting much evidence in to back up your point, it opens your argument up to criticisms.

Bob Keating is one seriously creepy individual. After he has admitted publicly to a crime, why has he not been arrested? In this country, we don't go around sending contaminated packages through the mail, or any other agency, to the people who anger us. He should be talking to a lawyer, not a Minister for Mines.

First - Welcome back Sean!

Second - I agree with Hannah, wholeheartedly.

I am saddened to see how, time and again, our legal system deals with serious criminal acts by completely ignoring them.

It is no surprise to me, but it is extremely disturbing, that the U.S. has now gotten so disgusted with our open acceptance of illegal and dangerous practices that they are now moving to impose legal discipline on Canadian citizens (i.e; Marc Emery - head of the B.C. Marijuana Party) from south of the border and then asking to have them extradited to the U.S. to face the consequences.

In Canada, sadly, there are no consequences.

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