The Honourables

Trudeau defends $31-million payout …

Globe and Mail, October 26, 2017

We hope that the steps taken today will support them and their families in their efforts to begin a new and hopeful chapter in their lives.

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland Minister of Foreign Affairs

I can only imagine the impact this situation has had on you and your family. However, your matter is considered closed. I regret I cannot respond more favourably.

The Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland's best wishes were for the beneficiaries of the Prime Minister's munificence, the Honourable Scott Brison's regret was for me.

On the same day the $31 million dollars payment was revealed I received a letter from the Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board, in which he regretted his government could not dispense a modicum of the compassion it showered on Messrs. Abdullah Almalki, Ahmad Abou-Elmatti and Muayyed Nureddin and reinstate the pension which disappeared when I lost my job.

Over the years, I have written to every Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, from the Honourable Joe Clark to the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, and maybe a dozen or so Honourables in other capacities e.g. Treasury Board President, and a handful of Right Honourables, including the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau whose office enlisted the Honourable Scott Brison to be his Ponce Pilate.

"Best Regards" was the best the leisurely can't-be-bothered Honourable Catherine McKenna, my Honourable Member of Parliament, could muster.

The closest I got to an Honourable doing the honourable thing was the Honourable Maxime Bernie who, before he was cashiered by the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, had asked his department’s ethics officer to look into the ethics of my firing.

Some years I wrote the Honourables out of principle. At other times, it was out of dread that we would find ourselves on the street.

From the looks of things, the Honourables will outlast me. Sad ...

Bernard Payeur