Monday, November 4, 2013

"A Big Fraud"

That's what Senator Mike Duffy called the whole "cover-up" of this mess.
"What mess?" you ask.
The mess Senator Duffy created by defrauding Canadians of monies he claimed for an illegitimate housing allowance... a "fraud".
Now good old Duff is doing the magician routine, attempting to distract you from understanding what you are seeing, rather having you focus your attention elsewhere to pull off his "trick".
Same goes for Pamela Wallin, crying about her besmirched reputation she worked so hard to refine, citing that having been invited into Canadian homes for oh so many years should have left her unscathed by the review that found she stole our money by claiming travel expenses as an expense we should cover, when in fact it was personal.
I'm tempted to bring up a certain RRCC President, but I'll try to stay focused.

This whole mess has now led Duffy to reveal the story teller that he is. There is a reason a guy can schmooze his way through Ottawa for the better part of my lifetime, interviewing every one and any one while making a decent living at the CBC and CTV.  Mike paid his dues as a TV journalist having covered many major news stories. He was the last reporter to leave South Vietnam before the north invaded. Cool. I won't attack what I think is an admirable career. I watched Duff interview Trudeau, Cretien, Mulroney, and even that guy Joe (Joe who? It's a thing you have to be of a certain age to "get").

His good work as a reporter aside, it did not take old Duff long to learn how to be a politician. He falsely claimed that he lived in Prince Edward Island when he didn't. His health card said he lived in Ottawa. Did he know that his health card information was important to the claim? IT DOESN'T MATTER.

Why not? Well if you or I complete a government form, say like your income tax return wrong, we can face penalties and even jail. "Oh I didn't know" doesn't buy you a "pass", and you can't go on talking about what a nice guy you are, or point fingers at someone else... you pay, and that's the end of it.

Mike couldn't scratch together the $90K he bilked us out of, so the Prime Ministers assistant wrote old Duff a cheque. Pretty sad that Mike doesn't have that kind of cash on deposit... I mean he's making (at least) $132K as a BASE salary a year. You'd think he would be able to put a little aside... a vacation fund perhaps?

Regardless, Mike took the cash (cheque) from a millionaire who didn't need it, ostensibly to repay the monies he defrauded us of and hope it all went away. Mike couldn't seem to get his head around the fact that he'd actually done something wrong and so decided the next best thing was take someones money to cover up his "mistake".

Nice. And now he's the victim.

Like poor Pamela. "The government has tried to discredit me." Boo hoo, poor Pam. She has three versions of her outlook floating around, tells stories about where she was and who she was visiting which are clearly lies, and the Government is trying to discredit her? Seriously Pam... get over yourself.

It sure didn't take these two long to become latched to the public teet and become entitled.

Then there is Brazeau, listing all kinds of addresses that he never even visited. I have the most respect for him because he seems to be talking a lot less about how "unjust" this all is than the others. Updated... did you hear his last speech in the Senate?

It's a pity the MSM leaves out the liberal Senator who may have trained those mentioned above. Mac Harb repaid almost $300K of questionable expenses under the threat of being audited. Really... you tell a guy to pay the amount you find easily to avoid doing the deep digging?

How many other Senators have screwed Canadians out of their hard earned money?

If anything, this debacle is a CLEAR mandate to reform or abolish the Senate. I'm not sure why PM Harper needs the advice of the Supreme Court. He has the "notwithstanding" clause... use it.

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