Harper needs to immediately remove Chuck Strahl as SIRC Chair

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper has a big problem on his hands now that it has been reported (see here) his appointed Chair to the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC), Chuck Strahl has registered to lobby the BC Liberals on behalf of Northern Gateway Pipelines:

StrahlBesides breaking an ethical promise to not lobby governments when he was originally given this patronage appointment:

He’ll continue to build his consultancy, helping companies create and execute business strategies, but he “won’t lobby” governments. He said he never has. In the event a potential problem does arise, he’ll “call up [Canada’s] ethics commissioner and consult with her. I even called her when this appointment first came up.” (see here)

Strahl has some blatant conflicts of interest when it comes to both security issues and BC pipelines:

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1) His son Mark Strahl (who he had installed as the Conservative MP candidate when he retired) happens to also be the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs (see here)

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2) His former chief-of-staff Laurie Throness (who he acted as campaign manager for) is a member of the BC Liberal’s Cabinet Committee on Secure Tomorrow (see here)

All this is made even worse since Strahl replaced the criminal charged Arthur Porter (see here).

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Harper needs to immediately remove Chuck Strahl as SIRC Chair, apologise and promise to start taking background checks seriously:

Strahl doesn’t know how deeply his background was probed, only that “process wasn’t onerous. I’m a known commodity” (see here)

Update: It gets even worse as Strahl has actually been working for Enbridge since 2011 (see here)

Update: And the hits keep coming. Now we find out Stahl is also a lobbyist for a native-own energy company which does business with the Chinese (see here)

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5 Responses to “Harper needs to immediately remove Chuck Strahl as SIRC Chair”

  1. Roy Elsworth Says:

    agree even though I am a chuck strahl fan because he was a reformer bu I agree with you and put someone else in there that is not a lobbyist pains me to agree with you on this though.

  2. Tripper523 Says:

    I also agree and happen to be another Strahl supporter from the old Reform Party days. This is a clear case of conflict of interest and it’s not going away unless he is removed. He’s dabbled in way too much, given his appointment. It’s really extra bad when you concede that edge of logic when Green Party leader Elizabeth May can actually make sense. The Conservatives don’t need any more lingering scandals or fodder for the House of Commons. Mr. Strahl should be put away as quickly and quietly as possible.

  3. Jill Says:

    I have been critical of PM Harper in the past on some minor things but I always keep in mind that this is very well his last term as Prime Minister. Let’s face it; baby Pierre is making major headways in Quebec and Ontario and that’s all daddy’s little socialist commie needs!
    Justine hairdue Trudeau will be the next Prime Minister of Canada and there’s not a damn thing we in the west can do about it except keep sending the money down east. May God have mercy!

    • bertie Says:

      According to who Jill.The MSM who skew their information any way they want to favour the Liberals.According to polls that only the Liberals and ndp answer.Nobody gives a rats ass about polls and what they say 2 years before an election..Come back at election time and lets discuss the polls again.See you in 2 years when polls are ussually wrong too.PM Harper will win by a bigger majority and you wont see that in our Canadian Press,but they will say majority of Canadians did not vote for PM Harper.Again who gives a rats ass about polls or global warming?Idiots and the opposition parties.

  4. Roy Elsworth Says:

    I agree bertie remember in alberta elections and BC elections the polls favoured the NDP in BC and the wilde rose alliance in alberta what happened on election nite a total reversal in BC case it was good in albertas case it was not so good.


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