Scandalous Senate and PMO appointments say Harper is unqualified to criticise Trudeau’s f-bomb

by: Obert Madondo | March 31, 2014

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau dropped the f-bomb when he addressed the crowd at the Fight for the Cure charity boxing match in Gatineau, Quebec, over the weekend.

“I’m going tell you, there is no experience like stepping into this ring and measuring yourself,” Trudeau said. “Your name, your fortune, your intelligence, your beauty, none of that fucking matters.”

The crowd reportedly cheered.

But, as usual, the Conservatives weren’t amused. Prime Minister Stephen Harper tried to capitalize on the expletive to score cheap political points.

“This is yet another example of Justin Trudeau’s lack of judgment,” a Harper spokesperson told the CBC News.

Harper is unqualified to criticize the Liberal leader on the question moral, political and professional judgement. This prime minister is a terrible judge of character.

Over the weekend, Dimitri Soudas was fired as Conservative Party executive director after he allegedly tried to use his position to influence his fiancée’s nomination battle. The fiancé, Mississauga-Brampton South MP Eve Adams, faces a tough nomination fight in the newly-created riding of Oakville-North Burlington.

Soudas was a Harper appointee and confidante. Before becoming Conservative Party executive director late last year, he had worked for Harper as director of communications. He got that high in the hierarchy after working for Harper for nine years.

Recently, the Supreme Court nuked Harper’s appointment Marc Nadon as a Quebec rep on Canada’s highest court. Nadon did not meet the eligibility requirements, the court said.

Then there is the expenses scandal, which recently rocked our scandal-ridden, useless, expensive and undemocratic appendage of government, the senate.

Three of the four senators implicated in the scandal – Pamela Walin, Mike Duffy and Patrick Brazeau – were Harper appointees.

Patrick Brazeau, Harper’s star Aboriginal appointee, was ousted from the Conservative caucus, after being charged with assault and sexual assault. Subsequently, he was suspended from the democratically-challenged institution, and then, recently, charged by the RCMP for breach of trust. Brazeau now works at Barefax Gentlemen’s Club here in Ottawa.

Not long ago, Marjory LeBreton, the former Conservative leader in the Senate, characterized Brazeau’s appointment as “an experiment gone wrong.” Harper’s botched experiment.

Harper appointed Mike Duffy to the Senate in 2008. The former journalist fell after fraudulently claiming more than $298 000 from the government. Before the fall, the former journalist was one of the Red Chamber’s top 10 spenders.

The Duffy scandal exposed the rotten core of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) under Harper. Harper’s ex-chief of staff Nigel Wright tried to kill the Senate expenses scandal. He cut that $90,000 cheque which paid off Duffy’s fraudulent claims.

As I blogged late last year:

New documents released by the RCMP suggest that the Senate expenses scandal is closing in on Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives. For Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, the documents show that Harper, who came to office in 2006 promising to clean up Ottawa, is “guilty of corruption“.

The documents, filed in court on Wednesday, allege that Harper’s former chief of staff, Nigel Wright, violated the Criminal Code when he cut a $90,172 cheque to cover up Sen. Mike Duffy’s fraudulent Senate expense claims. The documents allege that Wright committed several offences relating to fraud, bribery, and breach of trust.

Related: Senate Expenses Scandal: New RCMP Docs Suggests Harper is “Guilty of Corruption”

Then there is Bruce Carson. Remember him? He was Harper senior advisor before joining the Canada School of Energy and Environment as executive director. In 2007, the super-powerful University of Calgary-based energy advocacy group/think-tank received a $15 million research grant from the government.

Now Carson is being investigated by the RCMP for illegal lobbying. The criminal code and certain lobbying laws forbid lobbying for five years after leaving public office. Carson went to work right after leaving the PMO, lobbying top federal Conservatives to influence a new energy strategy for Canada. He’s also been busy working with big oil and the Harper government to elevate the climate change denial movement, and green the dirty oil and gas industry. He’s been working hard to kill environmentalists’ tar sands criticism and call for action on climate change. Carson reportedly pocketed millions.

This is only a fraction of the story. Stephen Harper is the world’s worst talent scout.

Obert Madondo is an Ottawa-based progressive blogger, and the founder and editor of The Canadian Progressive. Follow him on Twitter.com/Obiemad

The following two tabs change content below.

Obert Madondo

Publisher and editor
Obert Madondo is an Ottawa-based independent journalist and progressive political blogger. He's the publisher and editor of The Canadian Progressive.