I’m no fan of Stephen Harper. I never have been and I never will. Heck, I don’t even like what the Conservative Party of Canada stands for. However, since he was democratically elected to his position of MP, and later Prime Minister, I can’t say he made it to the top of his pedestal by illegal means.
But that doesn’t mean he isn’t trying to remain there illegally.
What does, or did the Prime Minister know about the free-flow spending of Saskatchewan conservative Senator Pamela Wallin?
I mean, didn’t he personally review Wallin’s spending? Yes, he did. Also, didn’t he state that the money she was spending was within the boundaries of her allotment as a senator? Yes, he did.
And here’s the proof.
Standing up in the House of Commons last February, Harper said, “In terms of Sen. Wallin, I have looked at the numbers. Her travel costs are comparable to any parliamentarian from that particular area of the country over that period of time.”
Wait. Hold on one second. Did he refer to Wallin as a Parliamentarian? Yes, he did.
Therein lies the issue I have with the Senate. Senators are not parliamentarians, and as such should not be given a spending budget comparable to that of their friends in the House of Commons.
Allowing Senators to freely spend money to travel to attend political or non-political events of their choosing is, in my mind, bogus.
Yes, Wallin made a mistake. She doesn’t agree with the Deloitte audit’s decision forcing her to pay back an additional $121,348, but she said, at least for now, that she will pay it back.
Harper, on the other hand, is keeping tight-lipped about the situation and not divulging any details about his role in the latest financial Senate scandal linking him to dirty deeds. For a guy who is supposed to be leading our country, he lacks the charisma needed to put an end to these rumours.
Now that the RCMP is taking a closer look at the situation, I say to Mr. Harper: good night, and good luck.
Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks