What may have started as an innocent interview for Senator Marjory LeBreton with Global News quickly became an exercise in contradictions and distorted reality:
We do not claim expenses on the public dime when you’re campaigning. Everyone understands that
– Marjory LeBreton, Global News, September 4, 2013
Well, almost everyone, perhaps. Of course Pamela Wallin, according to the audit conducted by Deloitte (Schedule two), campaigned five times for the Conservative Party on the taxpayer’s dime.
And then there’s Ms. LeBreton’s defense of former Stephen Harper Chief of Staff Nigel Wright:
Nigel was doing his job: he was trying to fix a problem.
The reality is Canadians are very concerned about the method the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff chose for “fixing” this problem. It was clearly wrong to try and cover this scandal up by cutting a $90,000 cheque to Mike Duffy – reportedly on the condition he stayed quite about the Conservative problems in the Senate.
It seems her time in the Upper Chamber hasn’t only distorted her understanding of right and wrong behavior by Senators, it also seems to have twisted her understanding of “ordinary, everyday Canadians.”
We’re just ordinary, everyday Canadians who’ve been fortunate enough to be given an opportunity to serve in public life, be part of a political structure, meet interesting people. We’re just regular people trying to do a good job.
As Leader of the Government in the Senate, Ms. LeBreton was receiving a salary of $211,900. “Ordinary” Canadians make $37,000 annually, on average.
Senators sit three days a week, nine to ten months a year. Last year they sat only 88 days. “Ordinary” Canadians work 260 days a year, on average.
Canadians deserve better.