The daily shaming

Charlie Angus’ two questions in QP this morning, neither of which convinced Tony Clement to stand and respond.

Mr. Speaker, a minister of the Crown has an obligation to treat taxpayers with respect and be accountable to Parliament. The President of the Treasury Board has failed miserably on both counts, because since the Auditor General’s report, he has been hiding under the desk of the foreign affairs minister. Since he cannot seem to stand up in this House and apologize for his out-of-control booty run through the backwoods of Muskoka, I will keep it simple: go to the Twittersphere, 140 characters or less, hashtag, I am sorry, Canada.

Mr. Speaker, there are 150-plus Conservatives sitting behind the Treasury Board minister, I am sure all of them would love to siphon taxpayers’ dollars off for their own personal pork barrel projects. That is why we have rules. That is why we have Treasury Board. What message is the government sending by putting him in charge of Treasury Board, that it is open season on the taxpayers’ trust? Otherwise, why would the Prime Minister put the Muskoka fox in charge of the taxpayers’ henhouse?




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The daily shaming

  1. Is Clement still hiding behind Baird’s skirt or did he just ignore questions?

    Angus asks good questions and Clement should be embarrassed that he can’t answer his own questions or that Harper doesn’t think Clement is up to answering for himself. 

    What bothers me most about this is that we pay Clement quite a lot to answer questions but he is malevolent goblin successfully avoiding accountability or responsibility.

    • “malevolent goblin”

      I’ve been remiss. I really should have said something the other day when I saw it the first time, because that is priceless. 

  2. Today’s Photoshop challenge: “Tony Clement’s Out of Control Booty Run.”

  3. Accountable government in action.

    If the 40 per cent of Canadians who voted for these knuckleheads don’t feel like complete suckers, they should.

    • If they were paying enough attention that they felt like suckers now, they wouldn’t have voted for them in the first place.
      That’s rather the problem.  The CPC is well aware that most Canadians simply don’t pay attention to politics. All they have to do is trot out a good dog & pony show come election time, hit the right buttons, and then ignore everything they said during the campaign. 

      If the economy doesn’t go down the crapper, then they’ll be fine so long as they don’t wind up with ownership of anything bad.  That was what drove the Liberals out, finally. Martin came out and said, “Okay, we’re going to get to the bottom of this problem.”

      Had he instead said, “This is just crazy accounting games by a frustrated opposition” as Harper does, it probably would have blown over.

  4. Classy. Clement Tweeted yesterday, making fun of how Charlie Angus looks. But he just can’t quite seem to work up the gumption to say anything to his face, never mind answer his questions. There’s a word for that…oh yeah – Conservative.

  5. The election is over and Harper won. So find a new cause, this one has been flogged to death.

    • We’ll mark you down as part of the 40% who think that Sponsorship would’ve been swell if only Harper had done it.

  6. Apparently this is what is meant by a stable government.  Their behaviour is unchanged: they follow the script, and they are as stable as a stone wall.

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