Three-and-a-half years into his four-year term, our MP, Ahmed Hussen, continues to avoid responsibility for his department’s abject failures.
Hussen was under fire (again) for bungling the chaotic rollout of the family reunification program. Some applicants sued the government because they were locked out of the computerized registration system that closed after only 9 minutes. The plaintiffs were quietly offered residency in exchange for dropping the suits.
Michelle Rempel asked Hussen whether this is any way to run an immigration system (it is not). He said that they’re doing a bang-up job (they are not), and that they have cleaned up a mess left by the Conservatives (they have not).
In follow-up questions, Rempel gave Hussen the facts. He further embarrassed himself by avoiding the questions and—again—saying the Conservatives, who have not been in power for three years, were worse.
Hussen has a tough job, and he has also done it terribly. That is beside the point. In the House, Hussen continues to reveal a deep character flaw: he is immature.
Grown men make mistakes and accept responsibility. They do not blame the other ‘team’ for their losses; they blame themselves—especially when the stakes are so high. They improve, grow, and strive to do better by the people who trust them, as well as the people who don’t.
Ahmed Hussen needs to learn this to deserve the position of Minister.
Our MP is not rising to his station. He’s flailing and falling far beneath it.