Christie Blatchford: N.S. Speaker Chris Collins is sorry, for what he can’t say

Well, thank God.

Chris Collins, the Moncton member of the Legislative Assembly and nonetheless Speaker of the New Brunswick legislature, has provided “my complete and unreserved apology for anything I said” that offended just about anybody, ever, the world over.

Tragically, Collins, whose conduct with an unidentified former legislative worker was the topic of a secret four-month unbiased probe over unspecified allegations he did or stated one thing out of line, can’t say what he’s sorry for, simply that he is.

He can’t say what he stated which will have been “perceived to be inappropriate by the complainant,” solely that “For that, I am very apologetic.”

He is sorry, however like Justin Trudeau, the PM and chief of the federal Liberal get together, he is aware of that on our difficult planet there are numerous truths.

As the PM put it as soon as, throughout a dialogue of the Kokanee Grope (whereby 18 years in the past, he was alleged to have behaved inappropriately with a feminine reporter), “I apologized in the moment, because I had obviously perceived that she had experienced it in a different way than I acted or I experienced it… I think the essence of this is that people can experience interactions differently.”

Trudeau by no means defined what “it” was both, although the girl concerned has described it as him “handling” and groping her. Perhaps the PM skilled “it” as an unintended contact? A pleasant reaching out?

Similarly, Collins stated that “an overwhelming majority of the allegations (against him) have been deemed to be unfounded,” however that the “few” remaining “associated to incidents by which I spoke in a way that was perceived to be inappropriate by the complainant.

“For that I’m very apologetic.

“I perceive that whereas I could understand my phrases to have been humorous or inoffensive, others could have a really totally different but reputable notion.

“It is important that those perspectives be heard, understood and legitimized through a fair and thorough investigation. To that end, again, I offer my complete and unreserved apology for anything I said that offended the complainant or anyone else.”

You see?

The unidentified complainant perceived that Collins’ unidentified phrases weren’t funny, although he perceived them as funny, and it’s vital that her/his voice be heard and legitimized whereas his is silenced and de-legitimized and he is very happy to take part in his personal degradation by apologizing for, nicely, one thing.

Now, I don’t know Collins, nor do I significantly want to clamp eyes upon somebody so acquiescent in his personal demise and so mealy-mouthed. Nor do I even know who is the unidentified complainant, least of all if she/he feels validated and heard by this weird dog-and-pony present that culminated Monday in Collins’ sorry/not sorry.

And my sole curiosity in New Brunswick is that as few individuals as attainable uncover what a splendid province it is, thereby preserving its splendidness.

But holy Mary mom of God, can we agree that we have now now reached the nadir, absolutely the lowest of the low, of the #MeToo shambles?

There are however a handful of identified info in regards to the Collins’ debacle.

One is that Premier Brian Gallant publicly revealed the harassment grievance in April, months after he first discovered of “personality conflicts” between Collins and the unidentified worker. The worker was moved to a distinct job.

Gallant discovered the worker was contemplating bringing an harassment grievance in February however didn’t truly do it till April, whereupon, within the trendy method of execution first, trial second, Gallant booted Collins from the Liberal caucus, although he stays not less than in title as Speaker.

Two is that Leslie H. Macleod, an Osgoode Hall adjunct professor and a mediator, was appointed because the investigator.

Her report after all stays secret, as most such studies do; even the members of the Legislature Administration Committee, which apparently break up alongside get together traces with the Liberal majority voting to ship Collins to sensitivity coaching and situation his apology, noticed solely a abstract.

That’s it. That’s what is identified.

What have been the a number of allegations? Which ones have been deemed unfounded and which based? What phrases did Collins truly say? How a lot will the key investigation price? Who is blowing smoke up whose bum right here?

Aaah, none of that is for New Brunswick residents to know.

Collins’ lawyer, T.J. Burke, didn’t reply to an e-mail or voice message Monday.

In May, Collins had introduced he would sit as an Independent member whereas he pursued a libel go well with towards the province, however it’s unclear if he ever truly served discover or if he will. He could or could not run once more (although not as a Liberal), however that call, he stated, will likely be made by him and Lisette, his beautiful spouse who stood behind him Monday as he carried out his ablutions, and never by Gallant.

It is not identified how Lisette perceived any of this. It is my fervent hope, nevertheless, that regardless of saying nothing, she too feels heard.

cblatchford@postmedia.com

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