By keeping Kent Hehr as a Minister, Trudeau shows he has no standards for cabinet ministers.
Justin Trudeau has set incredibly low standards for cabinet ministers.
From Bill Morneau’s ethics issues, to Maryam Monsef’s immigration document problems, and many others, Trudeau has shown that he is willing to put up with a lot – meaning Canadians are deprived of effective cabinet ministers.
Nowhere is that seen more than in Kent Hehr, who is somehow still in the federal cabinet despite showing contempt for those he is supposed to serve.
It started with Veterans who felt Hehr and his office were arrogantly dismissive of their concerns, and even tried to silence their comments on his performance (or lack thereof). Then, thalidomide survivors said they were mocked by Hehr, even saying that he told them their shorter lifespans could be good for the government (which Hehr denies saying).
Now, Hehr is facing even more criticism for his treatment of the Canadians he is supposed to be working for.
As noted in a recent report,“Nova Scotia activist Kim Davis says that while Hehr was the veterans affairs minister, she and her husband Blair Davis met with him to discuss the challenges they were facing.”
Davis brought up the issue of having benefits that help the families of deceased soldiers pay for their kids education extended to the families of injured Veterans. This makes perfect sense, since families can suffer a serious loss of income when a Veteran is wounded. And since those injuries happened in service to the country, Canada has a duty and obligation to help that family.
But instead of recognizing that fundamental truth, Davis says Hehr instead said “There’s lots of kids out there that don’t get [a] paid education, why should yours?” Hehr also reportedly added, “Lots of kids out there don’t have an education they figure it out.'”
But it got even worse.
Davis says she asked Hehr how she could afford to take care of her family and husband, and Hehr said “You married him. It’s your responsibility.”
Davis was clear that Hehr should be removed from his role as minister of sport and persons with disabilities, saying the following:
“They should remove him from being a minister. He has no empathy for anybody he was put in place to try and protect and advocate for. He doesn’t seem to care.”
Davis is 100% correct. Hehr must go.
Trudeau can’t keep his story straight on Hehr’s comments
The Trudeau government clearly doesn’t have a handle on what’s happening.
Hehr denied the comments, then Trudeau said Hehr had apologized.
So which is it?
By leaving Hehr in his position, Trudeau shows that he tacitly accepts Hehr’s comments, and is okay with him mistreating Canadians.
As the Prime Minister, Trudeau is not responsible for the moment-to-moment actions of each cabinet minister – since he can’t control everything they do – but he is responsible for his reaction to their actions and what he does next.
The clear decision in this case is to remove Hehr from cabinet immediately.
The longer Hehr remains a minister, the clearer it becomes that Trudeau shares Hehr’s contempt towards Canadians in need.
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