Can anyone parse this utter bullshit?
OTTAWA - Canada's immigration minister says he takes "full responsibility" for a citizenship study guide that had all references to gay rights removed.
Ah, so he did it, right? Oh, wait ...
But Jason Kenney's response to questions in the House of Commons on Thursday shed no light on who ordered the material cut from the document - whether it was the minister himself or an aide in his office.
Oh ... so we're not sure who did it. But wait ...
"I take full responsibility for the content of that document," Kenney said after the issue was raised by opposition MPs.
So he did it. Hold on ...
Records obtained by The Canadian Press show that an early draft of the guide, meant to prepare immigrants for citizenship tests starting March 15, contained sections citing milestones in gay rights, including decriminalization of homosexuality in 1969 and the same-sex marriage law of 2005.
But Kenney's office ordered those sections removed from the draft, and rebuffed an effort by bureaucrats to have them re-inserted last August. The new guide was released with fanfare in November.
So he didn't do it, but his office did it. Bad office. Baaaaaad office. Whoa ...
A spokesman for Kenney said last week the minister made the edit because the booklet, which reviews Canadian culture, politics and history, could not be "encyclopedic."
So he did it. Oh, for fuck's sake ...
On Wednesday, though, Kenney denied ordering the cut, providing no explanation of who in his office was responsible.
So he didn't do it. Wait ...
Kenney's acknowledgment of "full responsibility" Thursday was again without explanation, though he said the document was far more comprehensive than the previous version published in 1995.
So he did it, and he didn't do it, but he'll take full responsibility even though he didn't do it and didn't know anything about it.
Your Stephen Harper Party of Canada: Redefining "accountability" to mean, well, shit.
P.S. If that worthless, lying turd Kenney wants to pass the buck like that, someone should introduce him to the principle of "ministerial responsibility":
Definition: Ministerial responsibility in Canada means that as well as the individual responsibilities set out in Canadian legislation, cabinet ministers have a collective responsibility to carry out government policies decided by cabinet. Federal cabinet ministers are responsible to the House of Commons for their actions and the actions of officials in their departments.
Don't you just love it when people accept "full responsibility" when what they really mean is, you know, none whatsoever?
THE JOY OF HEADLINES: Heh, indeed:
I stopped reading after the "deeply disturbed" part. It seemed pointless to continue.