Thursday, June 03, 2010

Do not try this at home - Part II

If you're the average Canadian, you will not get away with avoiding a summons for you to appear at a parliamentary committee. Conservative staffers, however, seem to be subject to different rules:
A bailiff described in a play-by-play letter to the clerk of the ethics committee his repeated efforts to serve the papers on Soudas and Andrews.

In both cases, the bailiff showed up at their government offices, only to be turned away at the security desks. He described how he confirmed they were both there at the time, and how he left messages that were never returned on Tuesday and Wednesday.

In the case of Soudas, the bailiff was told Wednesday by Soudas' assistant that he was aware of the summons and that he would return the call. He did not call back, the bailiff said.

Soudas shrugged off questions about the summons as he travelled with reporters in Europe on Wednesday.

"I'm busy, I have better things to do then worry about this kangaroo court. People can find me, I'm either smoking or pacing around Langevin," Soudas told reporters, referring to the stately government building across from Parliament Hill.
It's good to be Dimitri Soudas. Out smoking and pacing and all and not having to worry about such things as legal summons'.

(Do not try this at home - Part I, btw.)