Harper sure knows how to appoint Senators, Pamela Wallin, Patrick Brazeau, and the notorious Mike Duffy. Harper campaigned against an appointed Senate, against privilege and corruption, in 2006, only to embrace it full on when he became Prime Minister. He appointed Mike Duffy, a so-called journalist who abused his position to gain the Prime Minister’s favour and get a Senate appointment. Duffy would promote stories favourable to the Prime Minister, even saying no one could question his integrity.
Duffy relished in a 2008 tape of then-Liberal leader Stéphane Dion stumbling, which was shown repeatedly even though the network had assured Dion it would not be shown.
In the Senate, Harper and the Conservatives used Duffy as a fundraiser at events across the country, and Duffy lived the high life off the taxpayer dime. He even claimed his cottage in PEI as a residence to get more payouts. However, the corruption caught up to Duffy, Harper’s chief of staff tried to pay Duffy off but got thrown under the bus instead.
Now, on television, Conservative pundits are distancing themselves from Duffy, including Paul Calandra who is constantly on CBC’s Power and Politics doing damage control for Harper and gang. Harper and the Conservatives may pretend now they had little to do with Duffy, but he was their bagman, he was Harper’s appointee. He is central to Conservative corruption.
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