Whatever was behind the sudden burst of candour from Hunter S. Tootoo?
The defrocked minister of fish, after nearly a week of dodging allegations in the Globe and Minion that his frogmarch from cabinet and caucus had been precipitated not only by his brave struggle with alcohol, but by horizontal jogging with the help, thrust himself upon CBC Nunavut Wednesday to read a prepared statement admitting, that, er, it was.
Alas, Tootoo declined to answer any followup questions from the media. As for the identity of his jogging partner, he clammed up out of sheer chivalry:
“As was the case last week, the individual has asked me to protect her privacy, and I am respecting those wishes and I ask that you respect that wish,” he read from his wee binder of currently available truth.
Hunter’s newfound forthrightness, of course, had nothing to do with a pending follow-up story from the Globe.
And really, does it matter which staffer had been roped into a “consensual but inappropriate relationship” with Tootsie?
It might, according to one tale making the rounds in the fertile silence the Liberals created by gassing Tootoo so completely and sans explanation.
The way we hear it, Hunter ingratiated himself with one of the grandees back home, a judge of the Nunavut Court of Justice with whom he was getting a leg over, by hiring her daughter in his Ottawa office.
Long nights in Ottawa with a limo always idling nearby have their time-honoured effect, and the minister soon found himself bridging the generations, unbeknownst to mother and daughter. Eventually they discovered the awful truth, and so, in due course, did the all-seeing, zero-tolerating PMO.
Cue the tumbrels.
A diverting yarn to be sure, but there are only five justices on the Nunavut bench, including Justice Sue Cooper, much-married mom of the delightful Justine Cooper-King, who was in Hunter’s employ until very recently, so the less said the better!
(another,er, inch, please!!–ed.)
Hunter and Sue go back to the Nunavut legislature, where he served as speaker and she, until her 2009 installation on the bench, as law clerk. Justine, small world, was a page in 2012.