OSHAWA – As Stephen Harper continued to hide from the Senate scandal, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair traveled to Oshawa today to highlight Conservative patronage at the Oshawa Port Authority.
“These Conservatives were sent to Ottawa on a promise to clean up patronage. Instead, they’ve acted just like the Liberals before them,” said Mulcair. “They appoint bagmen to the Senate and insider friends to the Oshawa Port Authority.”
Between April and June of 2012, the Transport Minister stacked the Oshawa Port Authority with Conservative insiders, including two former members of Jim Flaherty’s riding association and two Conservative Party donors.
Since then, the Port Authority has expedited approval for a waterfront ethanol plant over the strong opposition of many in the community, including Oshawa’s Mayor and Council.
As Stephen Harper runs away from accountability, even proroguing Parliament, NDP leader Tom Mulcair is touring Canada this week with a clear message: an unelected Senate filled with insiders and bagmen has no place in our modern democracy—and it’s time to roll up the red carpet.