There was an extremely good editorial in The Telegram on Saturday. It highlights a damning list of ethical breaches by the Conservatives, and the growing list of crimes too.
If In And Out wasn’t bad enough, multiple Conservative campaigns have been caught with campaign contribution irregularities since then. Two notable ones, with paper trails you can view on the Internet, indicate overspending and corporate donations (both big crimes). When promised explanations never arrived or confessed to the mistake/crime, people never rose up. So we continue with the farce that Elections Canada will actually punish cheaters, and criminal politicians will be booted from office so that voters don’t have to bother to do any research before voting again.
Penashue and Del Mastro should be in jail, in my opinion.
And the professional media has been as hard on the Conservative ordained sacrificial goat as they are on MPs with unexplained campaign over-spending. Just finish off an underling under the blame-bus, and their blood will absolve your electoral sins my sheep/children.
Here’s a list published by The Telegram:
In a CBC News story by reporter Laura Payton on Nov. 1, Penashue’s spokesman said the campaign simply would not accept corporate donations.
And yet accept them it did.
Penashue has one ace up his sleeve, though. He’s a cabinet minister in a government where you can do just about whatever you please and not face any consequences.
Peter MacKay using search and rescue equipment for personal travel? No problem.
Bev Oda wasting taxpayers’ dollars on limos and luxury suites? Forget about it.
Jason Kenney’s office padding out a citizenship ceremony with staff posing as new Canadians? Anything goes.
Dean del Maestro being investigated for alleged election overspending? What the heck.
Del Maestro, incidentally, is parliamentary secretary to both the prime minister and the intergovernmental affairs minister — Peter Penashue.
The sad truth is, if the PM turfed out every Conservative MP who acted unethically, he’d no longer have a majority government.