BTC: ‘As far as I’m concerned, he should get fired’


From the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix. “Just six days before Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz joked about the listeriosis crisis, a woman in his own riding died after contracting the bacteria. Elizabeth (Betty) Schroh, died Aug. 24… Schroh’s son, Dennis Schroh, said he’s normally a Conservative supporter but is ‘appalled’ by Ritz’s remarks.”

More from Canadian Press. “Elizabeth Schroh’s daughter, Joanne Doetzel, was not as angry as her brother. She said she thought Ritz’s apology was sincere and that he simply made a mistake. ‘He made a flippant remark. I am going to give him the benefit of the doubt and, up until now, he’s been doing a good job, so why should I say resign?’ Doetzel said. ‘People are allowed to make mistakes and hopefully he learns from this one.’ Doetzel noted that her mother voted for Ritz and that after she died Ritz called Doetzel to offer his condolences.”

Update. Missed this sentence from the CP dispatch the first time through. “But Alicia Bigland, another of Elizabeth Schroh’s daughters, pointed out that the condolences were only offered after the family first called Ritz to inform him of her mother’s death.”


BTC: ‘As far as I’m concerned, he should get fired’

  1. Thanks for the latest news on this issue Aaron and T. Thwim.

  2. A little gallows humour Thwim? I’d advise against it, it’s not particularly popular here.

  3. For years Maclean’s magazine has been calling its Obituary sidebar “In Passing”.

    As far as I know, no one has complained about this word-play which is neither more nor less disrespectful of the dead than Gerry Ritz’s cold cuts.

  4. You guys don’t get it, do you?

    It is not the joke per se, it is the attitude that it reflects regarding the outbreak as a matter of public health and safety.

    For him it wasn’t about health and safety. Ritz’s comments were first and foremost about the political fallout of the outbreak.

    *That* was the context of the “joke”, and *that* speaks to the incompetence of the minister and how much of a self-serving jackass he is.


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