This is the first time in living memory I have ever agreed with NDP leader Jack Layton.
Like Layton, I too believe Prime Minister Harper must fire his Chief of Staff, Ian Brodie, for the role he played in leaking confidential diplomatic information.
Mind you, I believe Harper should have fired Brodie a long time ago.
An academic by training, Brodie is simply out of his league, an amateur in a game for political professionals.
Perhaps if Brodie is gone the "Harper cult" mentality which dominates the Prime Minister's Office will disappear; perhaps the Prime Minister might even recall that he is actually a conservative; and who knows perhaps, just perhaps the vindictiveness emanating from Ottawa will abate.
In other words, by heeding Layton's advice, Harper might actually improve his government.
How is that for irony?