PM Stephen Harper’s announcement of the “new” Senators Fabian Manning, Larry Smith and Josee Verner is one huge face slap to all of us who have been disgusted by Liberal and PC Senate patronage appointments of the past.
It was bad enough when Harper put these 3 in the Senate in the first place as a taxpayer paid holding-pool of Conservative MP candidates, but to re-appoint them after their election defeat is beyond disgraceful.
Also: Larry Smith when asked during election about returning to Senate:
“The condition for accepting the position in the Senate was I had to send my letter of resignation when I started campaigning”
“So I have no place there and I have no expectation of returning there.”
Also: Fabian Manning March 28:
“I had a choice. I could have stayed in the Senate and gone on with a lifestyle that wouldn’t necessarily have me up every day working on behalf of the people. I chose not to”