RCMP must in­ves­ti­gate se­nate scan­dals : NDP

We must shed light on PMO in­volve­ment in Con­ser­va­tive cover-up op­er­a­tion

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS -

Ot­tawa

The big­gest scan­dal to hit Harper’s Con­ser­va­tive govern­ment since 2006 is cur­rently un­fold­ing in Ot­tawa, where MP Jean Rousseau (Comp­ton-Stanstead), along with all Of­fi­cial Op­po­si­tion MPs, is call­ing for an in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the RCMP to de­ter­mine what hap­pened and to en­sure that those who broke the law are pun­ished.

Stephen Harper’s chief of staff was forced to re­sign this week­end af­ter the me­dia re­vealed that he en­tered into a se­cret deal with Se­na­tor Mike Duffy to cover up an em­bar­rass­ing scan­dal. The se­na­tor is ac­cused of claim­ing $90,000 in ex­penses he wasn’t en­ti­tled to.

“The peo­ple of Comp­ton-Stanstead work hard and pay a lot of taxes. It’s un­ac­cept­able for se­na­tors, Con­ser­va­tive or Lib­eral, to make un­der­handed at­tempts to get rich on their backs. It’s even more shock­ing that the Prime Min­is­ter’s of­fice is try­ing to cover up this scan­dal,” said Rousseau.

Three Con­ser­va­tives have so far re­signed due to Se­nate scan­dals. Th­ese lat­est de­vel­op­ments high­light Harper’s sys­tem­atic lack of judge­ment when it comes to ac­count­abil­ity and ethics.

“The Con­ser­va­tives promised a more trans­par­ent govern­ment. They promised to clean up Ot­tawa af­ter the Lib­eral scan­dals and now we learn that they’re try­ing to cover up their own scan­dals. Stephen Harper broke his prom­ise to Cana­di­ans,” said Rousseau. “The pub­lic has had enough of th­ese prac­tices that dis­cour­age hon­est peo­ple.”

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