Thursday, November 08, 2007

NOT A Photo Op!

Sigh. Talk about where-do-I-start? How about I just reprint the entire short item:

Stockwell Day makes appearance at downtown eastside stabbing
Nov, 08 2007 - 8:50 AM

VANCOUVER/CKNW(AM980) - A man is undergoing surgery in hospital this hour after a vicious stabbing at the corner of Hastings and Abbott just before seven o'clock this morning.

However, what would usually be a routine incident for the VPD quickly turned into a political photo op.

Sadly, stabbings such as this happen all too frequently on the downtown eastside.

In this case, police don't have much to go on.

However, as officers conducted their investigation, they had a very high profile visitor show up.

Federal public safety minister, Stockwell Day just happened to be driving by and was not one to waste such a golden opportunity to be seen and heard.

"Vancouver police are as usual right on the scene doing a good job. It just shows that we need a number of things like our legislation to get through on violent crime. Officers on the street need all the resources we can give them."

So. Stock just happened to be driving by, eh? Wonder what he was doing there?

I was at first inclined to think maybe he was visiting InSite, so he could observe firsthand how well (or how badly, depending on your point of view) it operates, so he could report back to his handler. It's not too far from where the stabbing took place.

But waitaminit...Stock "just happened to be driving by" at seven o'clock in the morning. InSite does not open for another three hours, yet!

So who else inhabits that area of Vancouver at that hour? Oh, drug dealers, prostitutes of both sexes, cops, drug users, street people, fences... Anyone else?

And, as federal Safety Minister, you'd think he'd have enough sense not to wander around Gastown at that hour of the day/night. Or is he simply looking to be a first-person case-in-point example of the kind of thing you don't want to do when you don't know what you're doing?

Kinda makes me go, "Hmmmmmmm..."


Blogger Tim said...

Must have been his lucky day! All his pleasures and work done all in one place and all before 8 am. Now that is government efficiency! Eh ta go Day! You da man....

Thursday, November 08, 2007 10:54:00 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I just threw up a hairball.

Friday, November 09, 2007 10:06:00 AM  

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