I’ll start by saying that I have met Peter MacKay a few times and he even though some were when he was not at his best (*cough*cough*Belinda*) and not when he was doing what was best for the Conservative Party, he was always very pleasant and friendly.
I have absolutely no personal animosity towards him and have long ago forgiven him for being swept up in the Belinda Stronach hoopla as so many people (who wouldn’t admit it now) did. I was there when she treated us all to lavish parties where celebrities such as Tom Cochrane played piano and sang while we drank blue martinis.
Peter and I although about the same age come from two different political worlds. His was one learned at the knee of Brian Mulroney and influenced by Mulroney’s cronies whereas mine was defined by what Mulroney and his cronies did to the conservative movement.
This old-school influence shows up plainly in Peter’s judgement to use the military as his personal toys.
First we saw where he signed off on General Walter Natynczyk’s use of a Challenger jet to meet his family in the Caribbean.
Then it’s revealed that he used a Search-and-Rescue helicopter to pick him up from a friend’s fishing camp and tried to say it was because of a training session although none were scheduled until his office made the request that day.
And then MacKay gives the OK for C-17 heavy-lift transport plane to move a donated fire truck to the Dominican Republic over the objections of the air force.
The last is a great cause for sure but again it shows the mentality and complete lack of judgement when it comes to differentiating how we as Conservatives should be treating the public purse to how the Liberals and Progressive Conservatives did before us.
A wake-up call is needed via a strong message sent down the Conservative bench especially to these now comfy ministers.