With the exit of Guy Giorno from the PMO’s office, we are greeted with the arrival of Nigel Wright, who will become the Prime Minister’s new chief of staff, one of the most powerful unelected officials in Canada. Nigel Wright leaves Bay Street as the Managing Director of Onex, the biggest employer in Canada outside of the Government. As the Globe and Mail referenced:
…in the case of Onex, we’re talking about a gigantic, sprawling entity…Some 40 of its companies operate in almost all areas — from health to culture through aerospace and investments. And they generate billions of dollars in sales annually.
But what about Mr Wright’s multi-million dollars worth of holdings in the Cineplex Galaxy Income Fund, the Canadian-based fund engaged in the motion picture industry? Could this perhaps be viewed by some as a conflict of interest considering this Government’s current focus on copyright legislation? Liberal MP Marcel Proulx seems to have taken notice:
Nigel Wright has interests in Cineplex cinemas and in Indigo bookstores. When they talk about copyright next week, will he really plug his ears? Everyone knows the answer. No he will not. Why is the Prime Minister treating Canadians like a bunch of fools?
and the final word goes to the always affable Wayne Easter:
Why are the Conservatives letting Mr. Wright set one foot in the PMO while his other foot is firmly rooted in corporate boardrooms? Where was the Prime Minister’s judgment?