Canada’s Defence Minister, Gordon O’Connor needs to step down. It seems like he’s gotten himself into another scandal. Every scandal, every misstep by O’Connor merely serves to weaken him. The problem is that we need a strong Defence Minister now to counterbalance Rick “MacArthur” Hillier who seems to be perturbed at every hint of civilian oversight.
Of course it is entirely possible that Harper is simply quite comfortable to give Hillier a free hand to make up illegal detainee transfer deals or whatever. Hillier – like any general in a free society – needs to have strong civilian oversight. I have doubts about Harper ever wanting to provide that, and I have even greater doubts as to whether O’Connor is capable of providing it.