Postmedia’s resident climate change alarmist Mike De Souza is trying his best to stir up controversy over a pretty innocent statement from Conservative MP Maxime Bernier’s office over the newly appointed AG, Michael Ferguson:
But Bernier’s office confirmed that the Quebec minister was not pleased about the selection process that led to Ferguson’s appointment.
“While Minister Bernier would have preferred that the candidate chosen for the position of auditor general was already bilingual, the minister has complete confidence that Mr. Ferguson will respect his engagement to learn French this year,” said Bernier’s spokesman, Scott French, in a statement sent to Postmedia News.
Sounds reasonable especially coming from a Quebec MP but of course De Souza editorializes “not pleased” and takes this very firm endorsement to be:
“Bernier is the second member of the Conservative caucus to go public about concerns regarding the appointment…” (see here)
And dutifully, look who picks up on this “story” and runs it as some sort of Bernier flip-flop:
The Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism has gone from expressing concern over the appointment of a unilingual accountant as Canada’s next Auditor-General to simply saying now he has “complete confidence” Michael Ferguson will honour his promise to learn French. (see here)
A perfect comparison of where the standards at Postmedia and the National Post are nowadays.
Update: I’ve changed the picture of De Souza at request of the apparent owner of the photo. Funny how quickly she became aware, almost like she was tipped off by someone. De Souza’s co-worker Andrew Potter at the Ottawa Citizen did the same thing over his photo but I’m sure it’s all just a coincidence right?