Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Senate cheats: Takes one to know one




Word came down from high yesterday that Mike Duffy's expense claims were going to be re-examined by the same Senate committee that whitewashed his case in the first place. This, after a Liberal proposal failed to have the whole thing punted into the waiting arms of the RCMP.

Doesn't this make you feel better? And didn't you feel even better upon hearing that our Fearless Leader was "upset" and "angry" yesterday?

Let me give you something else to think about.

The head of that Senate committee is one Dave Tkachuk from Saskatchewan, a man who had a distinguished career as principal secretary to Grant Devine in the 1980s. His claim to fame back then was the time he tore the blouse of a female MLA. Which again makes a sane person wonder: how do these guys pass the smell test?

Okay, so a history of sexual harassment shouldn't disqualify a guy from getting a cushy seat in the Senate and leading a probe into the expenses of his peers, right?

Tkachuk has a lot of experience with Senate expenses.

More than 15 years ago, he was the target of challenges against his own expenses.

In 1997, he came under scrutiny for almost $100K in travel claims -- not unlike Pam Wallin. Apparently, he racked up those expenses while travelling the country as campaign chairman for the Progressive Conservatives.

Senate cheats: Takes one to know one.


For more on Tkachuk's distinguished career in Saskatchewan, watch this fun video (you'll see him about two minutes in).



 

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