Police Chief Vern White has left the country to attend his own wedding and honeymoon. The timing is pretty awful, but he had no way of knowing in advance that his wedding date would conflict with the breaking loose of all hell for the Ottawa Police.
David Reevely says the Chief should have stayed home. That’s why we pay him the big bucks. “Walking away from a crisis will haunt you,” he says.
I often agree with Reevely, but not this time. I think the Chief managed the crisis as best he could while he was in town, and then he left it in the hands of a trusted deputy and those in charge of the investigation. This is a big problem and there will be ample opportunity for the Chief to continue dealing with it after his honeymoon. While Stacey Bonds was a catalyst for a crisis of public confidence, her experience was just one symptom of a more deeply rooted chronic problem with the Ottawa police. White wouldn’t be able to solve this problem by staying home and dealing with; it’s not something that’s going to be resolved quickly or easily.
Besides, the last thing the Chief needs is to start his marriage off by not getting married. Then he’d have a crisis at work AND at home. The wedding was planned well in advance (I assume) and in another country…the cost to him, and all the guests, of a postponement would be formidable. Maybe his job ought to be his highest priority almost all the time – but I think his marriage should come first on his wedding day. What do you think? (If you’re reading this in a feed reader or email, you’ll need to pop over to knitnut.net to vote.)
Coincidentally, I know a family who, just a couple of weeks ago, were all planning to go to a wedding in Mexico. It was the eldest son’s wedding. His parents and siblings were all going, as were hers, plus friends and other relatives. The day before they were scheduled to fly to Mexico, the youngest daughter died. (She’d had lifelong health problems, and she died of natural causes, but I think her death at this time was unexpected.) So the family faced this weird dilemma. Go to Mexico and celebrate the wedding and try to delay grieving. Or delay the wedding and stay in Canada and grieve. There were complicating financial factors (none of them has a lot of money) and some of the guests had already arrived in Mexico. What would you do?