June 8th, 2015
June 8th, 2015
A troubling timeline is emerging when it comes to how senior Conservative and Liberal Senators prepared for the release of the Auditor General’s explosive audit into the Senate spending scandal.
It seems Senate Speaker Leo Housakos, Leader of the Government Claude Carignan and Senate Leader of the Opposition James Cowan assumed their roles as liaisons with Auditor General’s office after they were reportedly sent letters notifying them that they would be named in the AG’s audit.
In context of this potential cover-up in the making, the timing of Housakos’ quick ascendency to the most powerful seat in the Senate is particularly troubling:
So, it seems upon learning they were named, the three most senior Liberal and Conservative Senators proceeded to set up a new internal arbitration process that would now allow senators to dispute the Auditor General’s findings.
Canadians remember that this scandal already includes a 2013 audit being whitewashed behind closed doors by senior Senators working alongside the Prime Minister’s office. Despite this, senior Conservative and Liberal Senators choose to set up a special appeals process that would still be executed behind closed doors – by a committee chaired by someone named in the report – the Senate Speaker, Housakos.
Now that the prime minister’s close ally Leo Housakos is in the powerful position of Senate Speaker, what role is the Prime Minister’s Office playing in doing damage control? And is that why a junior Senator like Housakos suddenly finds himself in the most powerful job in the Senate?
Canadians deserve better.