As Liberal PM Paul Martin’s former chief speech writer, there’s no way Macleans’ Scott Feschuk doesn’t know about Martin’s notorious temper tirades:
Martin was able to dominate the department through his fiery temper. He was known to have lashed out at aides. (see here)
He also has a reputation for verbally berating underlings who failed to respond to such directives. His staff called the routine incidents “beatings,” and most bore them like badges of honour. But at least one victim subsequently offered to resign. Martin responded in shock. He had no idea how deeply his tantrums caused others to suffer. (see here)
But of course Feschuk didn’t mention a word about Martin in his sneering column about PM Stephen Harper where he quotes disgruntled Tom Flanagan:
Flanagan goes on to claim that Harper at times falls “into week-long depressions in which he is incapable of making decisions.’’ So basically, he’s Nixon without the charisma, or Hamlet with more hmm.
Not only is there no proof Harper suffers from depression, Feschuk also adds the Nixon comparison for good measure.
Then he quotes criminally charged Bruce Carson who had the RCMP called on him by Harper’s people:
Bruce Carson, a senior aide from 2004 to 2009, said the PM is becoming increasingly isolated and is prone to losing his temper and shouting profanity at underlings.
Yup, no axe to grind there…
And when quoting Gerry Nichols who says he never saw any of this type of behaviour:
Gerry Nicholls—who worked closely with Harper a number of years ago—tried to defend the PM, saying, “Only once did I see him erupt at somebody, and he later told me it was just an act. He was trying to send that person a message.”
Dismisses it as a lie and equates it to racism:
Riiiight—the old “I was totally just kidding about having an inherently volcanic nature” excuse. I believe that’s the “I have a black friend” of temper denial. (see here)
I sent the above quotes and links about Martin to Feschuk and asked him to explain why he omitted it and will update if he replies.