EDITORIAL: Bears repetition: the person vs the office

Ex Governor General Julie Payette may have been an office bully. Be careful not to equate the person with the office.

Heather Mallick is another outstanding journalist who frequently writes for the Toronto Star. At the risk of beating a dead horse, it is important to be reminded of the Julie Payette story, ex-GG, resigned rather than removed from office. Read her column about Julie Payette at Mallick.

The Payette story should make one consider many things about political office holders:

  • Do they use a moral compass?
  • Do they fulfill their office responsibilities with efficiency, effectiveness and efficacy?
  • Are they accountable beyond periodic elections?
  • Do they earn their salary?
  • Do they do more good than harm?
  • Do they speak the truth rather than ‘baffle gab?’
  • Would you want to be associated with them?

Julie Payette lost out on each of these questions. Now ask yourself about some other politicians, their vision, the work they are doing, their accountability. Here are some deserving of consideration:

  • Justin Trudeau
  • Doug Ford
  • Merrilee Fullerton
  • Christine Elliot
  • Stephen Lecce
  • John Tory
  • Dave Ryan
  • Frank Scarpitti
  • Maurizio Bevilacqua
  • Patty Hajdu
  • Teresa Tam
  • Eileen de Villa
  • Carolyn Bennett
  • Rick Hillier

There are many questions to consider when one examines how well these individuals are doing in their jobs. We are not suggesting that immediate dismissal be considered first or at all. But these individuals are in very responsible public offices. They must serve with competency, integrity, clarity and transparency. Are each of these people doing their best?


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