I didn’t believe Derek when he made this point, but then I hadn’t actually looked at the official report (it’s got it’s own URL, too). For those non-Canucks out there, Justice Gomery is investigating a major political scandal that recently occured in Quebec.
As Derek notes, “Gomery wrote the report itself in the first person, using the active voice in places you’d never expect it.” Here’s a sample paragraph from the Who Is Responsible section:
The notion that Mr. Pelletier and Mr. Gagliano could provide political input without strongly influencing the decision-making process is nonsense and ignores the obvious reality that the expression of an opinion to a subordinate official by the Prime Ministerâ€™s Chief of Staff or the Minister amounts to an order.
Well done, Mr. Gomery! My only complaint is that the individual sections of the report are apparently only available in PDF.