This is the only question worth asking. Tomorrow I’ll be back to the robocalls, but for the moment, let me just repeat that I am disappointed, angered, but not surprised at the Prime Minister’s position that he doesn’t particularly care if Christian Paradis does special favours for their mutual friends in order to help them slip their fingers into the public purse.
To emphasize that point, I’m compiling my own list of Conservative misdeeds. As you can see, Paradis has actually made the list on three separate occasions: once for illegally blocking access to information requests, once for the present affair with Rahim Jaffer, and yet again for suing the NDP when they accused him of using his influence to secure an EI processing centre as a client for a partner in the family’s law business. Can one sue for libel when one has no reputation left to ruin anyways?
The rap sheet is very long on crimes, and notably short on punishments. Harper Cabinet ministers and Parliamentary secretaries have siphoned off public funds to create secret slush funds, withheld required asset disclosures from the Ethics Commissioner, illegally served on corporate boards while sitting in Cabinet, solicited kickbacks from office landlords, slept with foreign agents, funneled hundreds of millions of dollars in dubious subsidies to tobacco producers via the former employer of Harperite communications expert Jason Lietaer, and violated election spending caps (individually and collectively). Harper himself was privy to an attempted $1 million bribe of an independent MP.
And you think he’s going to demand the reputation of Paradis just for helping a friend get a contract? Not likely.Tweet