Tuesday, January 20, 2009

PMO standing by their imploding Senate choice

So they have chosen to defend this very questionable pick: "PMO stands by Brazeau as choice for Senate." That's quite the choice.  The implosion will apparently go on.  Now the opposition is going at them on it:
"Serious questions have been raised about Mr. Brazeau," Mr. Ignatieff said yesterday during a question-and-answer session with the news media on Parliament Hill. "I think it's fair to say that there's an accumulation of doubt as to whether Mr. Brazeau meets the criteria for a Senate appointment."
That's a polite way of putting it.  The accumulation of doubt involves multiple sexual harassment allegations and now an audit raising questions about how CAP spent funds.  

But Teneycke weighs in with all the heft he can muster:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper's spokesman, Kory Teneycke, said the problems auditors identified began while Mr. Brazeau was vice-chief of the congress, not national chief, and that Mr. Brazeau took steps to address the problems once in charge.

"We made this appointment to the Senate a couple weeks ago. We were pleased to do so at the time and we are pleased to have Mr. Brazeau serving our caucus," Mr. Teneycke said.
You made it a few weeks ago? Really? I guess that makes it OK??!! And this vice-chief defence they're peddling, if you read their by-laws, that's kind of important. So I don't quite know how that's supposed to save him here.  As for those steps he did take when he became chief, well, that hasn't worked out so well, has it? Health Canada has frozen funding to CAP and are looking for repayment.

The report says the PMO was not aware of the audit concerns from Health Canada.  Confirming that the vetting here was not good.  Somebody made a mistake in the PMO or perhaps Brazeau was not forthcoming.  Either way, surely at some point they have to start thinking that there must be another aboriginal candidate for the Senate who is much more deserving of the position.