Steve Sullivan: Canada’s voice for justice issues

Let’s be clear. Right now Mr. Sullivan – the former Victims Ombudsman for the Harper government – has the floor and should not yield. If you are missing his posts, more fool you. In his latest (below) Steve demonstrates that while the Liberals did little to advance the cause of victims, that does not mean they did nothing. The party’s mistake was to hand the game over entirely to the Conservatives so that they now control the justice agenda.

In response to his opening remarks; Steve, you were never a stooge. The title of the quote came to me from the Wes Anderson movie, Life Aquatic where Bill Murray says of Bud Cort’s character, “I’ve never seen a bond company stooge stick his neck out”.

So it was actually homage and praise I was giving you, not ridicule.

It also was a tip to Hamlet where Hamlet speaks of  his friends Rosencrantz and Guiltenstern :

“But such officers do the King best service in the end.

He keeps them, like an ape, in the corner of his jaw;

first mouth’d, to be last swallowed.

When he needs what you have glean’d,

it is but squeezing you and, sponge, you shall be dry again.”

So in this case, the king is Harper, and you suffer callous abuse. It was a far to obscure reference I was attempting. (with me there are always meaning in meanings… can’t help it, I get it from my sister). I rarely show my hand, but in this case I will point it out; I would never want to unintentionally hurt someone through misunderstanding.


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