By Doug Draper
Welcome to Niagara At Large’s second entry of ‘Creep of the Week’ – a column that focuses on someone who does something creepy and contemptible enough to wear a creep-of-the-week crown.
Last week, it was a generously paid college president from the Barrie, Ontario area who tried to write off the cost of a political fundraising dinner on an expense account that we taxpayers cover, as do college students through their tuitions, until the province’s NDP party filed a freedom of information request that would expose this conduct. At that point, the Georgian College president did what he should have done in the first place, and paid the $5,000 back out of his own pocket.
This last week of May, our Creep of the Week crown goes to Canada’s recently re-elected prime minister, Stephen Harper, for hardly waiting three weeks after the election to appoint three defeated candidates from his Conservative Party to that bone yard for political hacks that is the country’s Senate.
Keep in mind, Harper’s party, when it started out in the late 1980s as the Reform Party of Canada he was a young operative working for its then leader Preston Manning, was playing with the idea of abolishing the Senate, which might still be an appealing pledge had the party not abandoned it. But just as it changed its name from Reform to Canadian Alliance, then Conservative, the party changed its stance from abolition to reform that included forcing these partisan brown-nosers to at least go to the polls every four or five years to keep their $130,000-a-year jobs.
More recently, of course, Harper has learned that he’s better off doing what he once attacked the federal Liberals for doing – just leaving things the way they are and stack the so-called Red Chambers with sycophants who will vote through any piece of legislation he wants, regardless how unpopular it may be. So much for checks and balances in this country.
So three recent Conservative candidates –Fabian Manning from Newfoundland, and Larry Smith and Josee Verner, both from Quebec – can’t even get elected by the people in their own ridings this spring, but are okay for former Senate reformer Stephen Harper to plunk into the Senate.
For this one act alone – one that may be giving us a glimpse of how much more arrogantly Harper will rule now that he has a majority government – he deserves the crown. It is frightening to think about how much creepier this guy may get now that there is virtually nothing to stop him.
(We encourage you to hare your comments on this issue below and tell all of your friends and associates to visit Niagara At Large at www.niagaraatlarge.com for more news and commentary on matters of interest and concern to residents in our greater Niagara region and beyond.)