Chris Stockwell Ebola Boner

The best Chris Stockwell can hope for as he waddles with the reptiles for Toronto’s Ward 4 council seat is selective name recognition.

For it is he: Former Etobicoke controller, former Toronto regional councillor, former Tory MPP, former provincial cabinet minister and former also-ran to replace former premier, Duffer Harris.

But also, if the electorate’s memory is over-keen, the pop-eyed environment minister who went for the high jump over expense troughing, notably a $60,000 Eurotoot with the family, including $25,000 in attempted hospitality claims, sheepishly withdrawn when they came to light, plus a $3,000 bar tab racked up with staff in the wee hours.

And, as a city of hypochondriacs awaits the first dreaded Ebola case to land at Pearson International, old slaphead can only pray nobody recalls his central role in killing a Level 4 biosafety lab nearby, ensuring the infected unfortunate will have to wait for their goo samples to be analyzed in Winnipeg.

Thanks in no small part to Stockwell, the north Etobicoke facility sits dark, empty and bereft of the equipment required to diagnose a hemorrhagic fever coming into Canada’s largest and busiest air hub.

Geriatric Frank readers will recall that back in the early nineties, when Norma Bob Rae’s government attempted to open a level 4 lab near Pearson, they encountered a shitstorm of neighbourhood hostility.

It later transpired that the grassroots opposition was generously funded by Labatt Brewers.

Why? Well, at the time, Labatt was located near the proposed lab, and trying to sell out to a large international brewer, eventually sealing the deal with Interbrew (now InBev).

Labatt guessed correctly that being situated next door to a lab studying potentially deadly viruses might limit the number of interested buyers and/or reduce the ultimate purchase price.

So Big Beer made common cause with the Tories.

Stockwell, as Tory candidate in Etobicoke Centre, promised voters that if his party was elected, he would ensure that the lab would remain shuttered. (This from an MP who, in 1990, after winning his seat in the provincial legislature, applied for severance pay for his years of municipal service to the people of Etobicoke.)

When Duffer’s Tories rolled into Queen’s Park, they kept Stockwell’s promise and, as a result, Ontario still has no level 4 lab and samples of suspected level 4 diseases still have to be flown to Winnipeg for diagnosis.

But who remembers that?

Pass the Purell!

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3 comments on “Chris Stockwell Ebola Boner
  1. reym says:

    And former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. During his tenure I ended up at a Christmas party held by Stockwell in the palatial Speaker’s apartment at Queen’s Park. Endless food, wine and Scotch were provided by the good people of the province. Rumours of marching powder being available in the bathrooms were being circulated. I called it an evening well after midnight. As I was leaving, I spied The Speaker dancing on a table with Bob Seger as a soundtrack. Exhorting his audience to join him, he got few takers as most of the people in the room were passed out. The man had endurance!

  2. TonyH says:

    Selective name recognition, yeah. I bet he’ll pick up votes from people thinking of Stockwell Day.

  3. portabletrading says:

    Reym: Speaker Stockwell was quite fond of his cigars too, in violation of the Ontario Niconazi Act. As was Jimmy the K. when he was a Liberal cabmin.

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