Short rant. Not much, really. Just hasta get said.
Government senator and Harper appointee Pamela (Pam) Wallin ‘misunderstood’ the admittedly lax and ineffectively enforced rules on government expense spending to the tune of approximately $180,000. In other words, she cheated the public on her expenses. She cheated the country for which she was supposedly representing. She cheated the government, the people and she tried to cheat the auditors. She spent, she lied, she obstructed and she obfuscated. And she did this on top of the staggering salary she gets for merely showing up now and then to do virtually nothing ‘cept what she is told to do by the Prime Minister and his inner political circle.
But eventually she got caught (by the CBC mostly) and so the government put the hammer down! “Pay up what you owe us or we will dock your pay!”
“Dock your pay!?”
Guys go to jail for smoking marijuana (Well, they did. I have a friend who did four years in Northern Saskatchewan for that). Guys go to war for their country and then get stiffed for medical benefits and such. Somebody shouts rape and some guy is ruined – even before the trial! The RCMP taser and shoot people who pose no real risk to anyone. None of that is fair. None of that is just. None of that is right.
But this has nothing right about it. NOTHING. Everything about this story is wrong and it just gets wronger and wronger.
Maybe a better way to put it is this: a guy steals a few loaves of bread over a few years and sleeps under a bridge in between times and they put that poor jerk in jail (maybe a taser or two). The elite steal and get away with it 99% of the time. When they get caught, nothing happens. Pamela Wallin will get her pay docked!???????
If you ignore for a minute the original sin (theft by any other name) and you ignore the lies and resistance (hiring lawyers to fight the auditors’ findings) and you ignore the uselessness of the function in the first place and the other $120-something in expenses they allowed along with her overly generous salary, you simply cannot ignore that her behaviour was not befitting that of an exalted senator. She violated the public trust. She was – in no way – acting on behalf of the people. The woman cheated her employer (and we are her employer!) – plain and simple. She’s a crook.
She should be fired. Canned. Booted out. Escorted from the building. Of course she should pay back what she filched but first she should be sent packing. Like, right now! And she should make restitution in some other way than being paid by the people to pay back the people!
What bloody nonsense! And the senate themselves are proposing this ‘way-to-pay-back’ as a solution! Is there any question about the need for the senate? Well, at least the unelected, pork-barrel style senate that we currently have…..
I don’t think so. They really have to go.
And it ain’t just Pam.