Conservatives would like the question to be what proof is there that Goodyear's lack of understanding has impacted on any of his decisions as minister. They want us to ignore the fact that his comments already have had an impact on the Ministry itself and more generally on Canada's international reputation. A minister must not only be competent; people must be confident that he is competent. This is especially so in this post Bush world. Even the slightest sign that we are going down the same road as Bush took America with regard to science will hurt us.
There is no putting the genie back in the bottle. Goodyear has become the punchline to many jokes. We do not want his profilo to also be.