It has become common knowledge that the Liberals were fully aware that Senator Joyce Fairbairn was deemed mentally incompetent by her doctor and continued to allow her to sit and vote on laws for months afterwards but the article from the National Post’s Jonathan Kay shows the disgusting reasons behind it:
“Jim Cowan [is] a serious guy who was appointed to the Senate Liberal leadership by Paul Martin,” he told me. “He has no control over the Senate Liberals, because the most active are Chrétien appointees who have nothing but contempt for the Martin gang. So even if Jim wanted to do the right thing, my bet is the Chrétienites … insisted that [Joyce Fairbairn] be kept in the Chamber despite her illness. They are [allegedly unprincipled individuals] who sent a member of Joyce’s staff to her house every day; to bring her to work when they knew she was ill. All this not to help her, but to delay [Stephen Harper] from appointing another elected Alberta senator to replace her. Watch what happens next. They will try to claim she is on ‘sick leave’ for the next two years. Just another way to [delay] the pick, and use her office budget to hire staff to work on party politics.”
“Their game now,” he added, will be to “attack the nasty Tories” for making an issue of Fairbairn. “These guys have no shame.”
This Martin/Chretien battle shines the light on why Kinsella went off the deep end with his bizarre threats (see here) and shows how ‘everyone’ in Ottawa knew about Fairburn’s illness and for how long.
No one is coming out looking good in this as the Conservatives had known for 2 years and agreed to protect Fairburn:
“we [Senators] have been quietly asked not to challenge Joyce in Committee or the Chamber, because she wasn’t well. This game of being ‘nice’ has been going on for too long.” (see here)
How many other senators are currently (and in the past been) used as warm voting bodies? What a vile thought to imagine political staffers wheeling out someone and basically raising their hand for them at the deemed correct time.
What else do these senators hide from the public?
Update: Well, that didn’t take long. Tabloid fodder Liberal Senator Rod Zimmer has been outed as not being able to properly perform his duties for the entire 8 years that he’s been in the Senate (see here)