Harper’s Senate Goons
Stephen Harper promised over 8 years ago that “the Senate must change and we intend to make change happen… The government is not looking for another report but is seeking action.” But since becoming Prime Minister, the main action Stephen Harper has taken has been to appoint 59 new senators (there are 105 in total).
You get an appointment! You get an appointment! You get an appointment!
Some of them have a real shyness problem.
- Yonah Martin often refuses interviews because of her hectic 3 hour a week schedule.
- Dennis Patterson ran away from reporters when asked whether he is a resident in the province he represents.
- Don Plett is so bashful that on multiple occasions he’s used Senate security to stop reporters from talking to senators.
Others have a solid track record of losing elections.
- Fabian Manning was appointed three months after losing in the 2008 federal election. He then resigned his Senate seat in 2011 to run again, lost AGAIN, and was RE-APPOINTED to the Senate.
- Don Meredith got 12.5% of the vote in a 2008 federal by-election, placing fourth behind the Liberal, NDP and Green candidates. But on the plus side, he has a Masters degree and an honorary doctorate from two schools that aren’t actual schools.
- Michel Rivard, a former separatist, lost in the 1998 Quebec provincial election, and after switching to the Canadian Alliance and running in the 2000 federal election, he lost again. He got a great consolation prize though.
- For more on Harper’s “loser club” click here
Some of these sober second thinkers are faithful Harper cheerleaders
- Irving Gerstein is the Conservative Party’s chief fundraiser (and has moonlighted in political scandals).
- Linda Frum recently chaired a fundraising dinner in honour of Stephen Harper to raise money for the Stephen J. Harper Hula Valley Bird Sanctuary Visitor and Education Centre (a.k.a. the S.J.H.H.V.B.S.V.A.E.C.) in Israel.