Sorry folks. The more this goes on, the more suspicious I become. Everyone with a vested interest to slam the party has jumped on the bandwagon here and even those without such an interest, some journalists and panel show hosts, seem to be delighting in the story.
Robert Fife for the second night in a row was quick to tell Ms Dhalla what she should do next. Exactly when he became her communications director is a beyond me. I'm not suggesting the story should not be reported, but could we actually discuss some facts here.
According to Don Martin, the complainants haven't worked for the Dhalla's in over a year. So why are they coming forward now? Then there is this story. A third worker has now come forward to complain and states the following:
Unlike the other two workers, who were nannies, this woman was hired as a housekeeper. In an interview with the Star, the woman said Dhalla’s mother, Tavinder, worked her so hard she had no choice but to quit. She had to wash all the floors while on hands and knees daily. She also had to shampoo the rugs each day at the four-bedroom home.
If I can be a little bit facetious for a moment, it must have been hell trying to live in that house on a daily basis. I mean all the floors and carpets were wet, every day? Have you ever shampooed a carpet? This is not a 'quick dry' proposition.
That bit of obvious pragmatism aside, this woman and the others said that they were hired by and dealt directly with Ruby Dhalla. With all this in depth reporting you think we would have seen some kind of contract or other document with Ruby's signature wouldn't you?
I don't know. This just doesn't feel right somehow. I heard that the Immigration Committee is now going to call these witnesses. The fine upstanding, non-partisan, young Poilievre stated that it wouldn't be a show. Uh huh. Let's just see shall we. Do you think CPAC may limit that particular meeting to audio? Nah, didn't think so.
Robert Fife is simply ecstatic at the fine investigative journalism that is taking place. When you think of all the things that could have been investigated by the media since this government took power, it's astonishing that just as the Liberals seem to find their feet again, it's suddenly in vogue to do some homework. I'm just sayin'. Both Fife and Panetta said that they are now going to go after Ruby's mother. Lovely.
Why isn't there more digging on why the government is preventing Abdelrazik from coming home? Or Omar Khadr? Oh wait, they aren't sexy stories are they?
Look, as I've already said, if something is wrong here, by all means it should be exposed, but as it stands at the moment, it's not adding up for me. This feels like a pile-on and if it is, I hope the investigation on that side of the story will be just as rigorous.
Update - Told you so. That cranky, Liberal hating Tilson is the chair of this committee is just too rich.
Update 2 - And here we go with going after her mother. No rules were broken, but hey, let's write about it anyway. One odd thing, housekeepers seem not to be allowed. How is it then that the agency, (from an earlier linked story) provided one? Hmm. Maybe the investigation should extend to the agency, no?
Impolitical's take here.