Shortly after she was appointed to cabinet, Judy Manning told CBC that she was taking a significant cut in pay from her solo law practice to take the new job as an unelected minister. “I'm doing this from a public service perspective,” Manning said at the time.
That was part of her planned responses to questions about Paul Davis’ controversial decision to appoint an unelected minister and break the long-established political convention that unelected ministers seek a seat in the House at the earliest opportunity.
Manning portrayed herself as nobly taking on the job despite the financial hardship. We should feel sorry for her, presumably, rather than question the arrogant fashion in which she and her boss were breaking the rules.
A couple of weeks later, in another set of planned replies to questions, Manning blew that noble image to pieces.