It’s a rare day when I agree with Michael Harris of iPolitics on anything (particularly his anti-Harper obsession) but I agree with what he wrote about the Conservative Senators who continue to go after Mike Duffy for the very expenses for which he was acquitted. As Harris writes:
“Ripley’s Believe it or Not might take an interest in Sen. Leo Housakos and his ill-considered attempt to add double jeopardy to the Senate’s list of ongoing, abject failings. Despite Duffy’s sweeping acquittal last month by Justice Charles Vaillancourt on all 31 criminal charges, the Senate’s current chair of the Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration continues to consider having Duffy’s “dossier” reviewed by his committee.”
In terms of Duffy’s “dossier,” it is my understanding that he wasn’t acquitted simply because his expenses were not criminal. He was acquitted because the Senate rules were either non-existent or so iffy, any number of interpretations could be used.
So, before Housakos and his fellow Senators review anything, they need to reflect on their own behaviour and ask themselves why the Conservative Party lost the last election and what the Senate debacle had to do with that loss.
And, remember, even though I was a supporter of PM Harper and the Conservative Government during all those years, I frequently complained about the lack of communications strategy and near paranoia coming out of both the Senate Conservative Leadership and the PMO.
Anyway, the sad reality is that the anti-Duffy betrayal and “evening of scores” seems to be continuing. Personally, since Duffy was treated as though he was guilty from the start, I think he should demand the Senate pay him what they owe him — his back salary from his suspension and his legal expenses.
Remember, many of the same Senators wanting to review Duffy’s dossier, had incorrect expenses in their own files as well.
The crux of the matter is, in my opinion, that by continuing the Duffy persecution, Conservative Senators are doing exactly what Harris is suggesting, trying him twice for the same allegedly improper Senate expenses.
Surely, they do not believe the Senate is above the law.
Whatever these Tory Senators believe they have become an embarrassment to many Canadian conservatives.