Sunday, March 12, 2006

Double Dipping Emerson

Oh this is rich. In fact very rich. And a good reason for an ethics investigation into David Emerson. As if another reason was needed. But this one takes the cake, as in having your cake and eating it too. Ok that's it for the cliches.

New salvos in bitter ethics battle

Trade Minister David Emerson is in an apparent conflict as Canada's lead negotiator in the Canada-U.S. softwood lumber trade dispute because he still has a financial stake in forestry giant Canfor Corp., according to a complaint sent yesterday to Ethics Commissioner Bernard Shapiro. The formal complaint, filed by Liberal trade critic Dominic LeBlanc and provided to CanWest News Service, is based on Mr. Emerson's $167,000 annual pension he receives from a company that could benefit enormously if the ongoing dispute is resolved. As a cabinet minister, Mr. Emerson will earn $213,000 a year.

Emerson earns a paltry $380,000 a year in Salary and Pension. As the commercial says Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun.

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