Turn on the television to the news, open up MSN on your laptop, pick up a news paper anywhere in Canada and it is impossible not to see a member of the Conservative Party of Canada making a complete jackass out of themselves and by retrospect Canada and all Canadians. The Conservatives do this by simply deciding to open up their mouths and speak; the voicing of some new strategy, or new policy that their party is poised to launch, or raising of some stance or some new position their party is set to embrace. Now if they are not doing that then Steven Harper‘s team can be found defending and professing innocence about some scandal one of their members has been accused of unfairly in one house or the other, or in both houses on the hill, or in the press, concerning illegal election campaign financing, or improper expense account filing, which always leads to the bilking of the Canadian taxpayer out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
I turned on my television to CPAC yesterday a got totally disgusted. There was the usually rude, sarcastic, caustic and insensitive Parliamentary Secretary Dean Del Mastro, whining to the Speaker of the House, his colleagues and the members of the opposition about how he was being vilified, unjustly accused, harassed and attack by Elections Canada and its officials. I mean this guy stood their wiping his eyes and nose asking the Speaker of the House why this was happening to him as though his being charged with election overspending and submitting to Elections Canada false information was some kind of frame up, some kind of witch hunt with no justification and no basis in fact. Why had Elections Canada leaked what was supposed to be confidential information to the public asked Del Mastro though teary eyes and dripping nose? I say why not, Dean Del Mastro said publicly to Elections Canada charge me or stop investigating me and they charged him. Canadians knowing that an elected official has been charged with a serious crime is our right and unfortunately for Del Mastro does not fall under national security blackout. I believe that Canadians deserve to know just how seriously, or not that our politicians observe and respect the election act of Canada? The answer is really quite simple you can not break campaign funding rules set up to keep elections a fair race and expect to get away with it, by bullying the body responsible for overseeing that elections in Canada are run in accordance to the election laws of Canada on behalf of Canadians.
As I watched the red-eyed, drippy nosed parliamentary secretary to the prime minister of Canada talk about how the investigation by elections Canada was hurting his family, I had to wonder why he was bringing that up? We know as Canadians that every time a criminal is brought to justice their family suffers shame, embarrassment, humiliation right along with the criminal, but this has never been allowed to stop the pursuit of justice before, so what was Dean Del Mastro doing? Did not Steven Harper promise Canadians in his campaigning something about a new era of ethics and accountability? It is interesting that while the Tories press for less and less privacy on the spending and financial records unions and registered charities and the CBC which affects all of our privacy, Dean De Mastro thinks that his being charged with multiple charges of illegal election activity while holding a position in the government (Working for us), should remain a private matter. That Dean Del Mastro would cry foul because his election over spending and then charges stemming from this over spending has been made public is to me typical of the way Harper’s Tories see things; double standard or what?.
How many lives, how many careers and families have Dean Del Mastro and the rest of Steven Harper’s Tories destroyed with rumor, innuendo and false accusations, just to keep the ugly truth of Steven Harper’s misdeeds and secrets from seeing the light of day? How many of his own party did Steven Harper sacrifice and throw under the bus to keep the truth from reaching Canadians? Public servants just doing their jobs have been vilified, humiliate publicly, had their reputations called into question, only to find out at a later date that they were telling the truth and their dismissal was without cause and only another way to keep the truth about Steven Harper’s Tories under the rug. Up to now Steven Harper and his cronies have been able to successfully bury scandal after scandal and in the process have ruined many an honest public servant’s reputation, career and more importantly their desire to continue to work in the public service of Canada for Canadians. Was Dean Del Mastro looking for compassion, understanding and fairness, with his tears, drippy nose and tales of family woes; was Dean Del Mastro looking for something that he and his party have not displayed since becoming the majority government?
Dean Del Mastro in my opinion has literally earned his salary and proved his worth to the Prime Minister, by defending the Conservative Party on a slew of Elections Canada controversies from robo-calls fraud in Guelph, Ont., to the so-called in-and-out financing scandal. I guess that is how Mr. Del Mastro managed to convince himself over time that all the lies and all of the schemes and violations he has being so vocal in defending are within the law and that election fraud is just good politicking, as long as you can cover it up. Dean Del Mastro is finding out the hard way that this is only true within the Harper government. The reality for the rest of Canadians is that if you break the law and get caught there is a price to be paid and that includes Dean Del Mastro and the rest of Harper’s Tories as well.
Dean Del Mastro is about to find out what happens to anyone who becomes a political liability to Prime Minister Harper; let us not forget Helena Guergis and Rahim Jaffers. Remember what lengths the PM went to get rid of those two and then look at what was actually proved to be true and what were just character assignation by the PM. His judgement when it comes to character has long been questioned and considering his personal appointments to the senate of Brasseau, Wallin and Duffy, two accused of filing false expense claims and one accused of spousal abuse one does have to wonder is all the concern have merit. When you take into account Nigel Right another personal choice who caused quite a stir and quite the scandal as he got caught secretly paying off Duffy’s debt to the Senate, which Duffy said he paid from his own pocket, one must say this is not a good time for the Conservative party of Canada and Steven Harper.
With under 2 years to go until the next federal election every dirty trick, every scandal thought to be buried by Steven Harper is finally rising to the surface after being mired in quicksand; the truth thought safely buried, lost and hopefully forgotten is revealing itself, much to his dismay and detriment of the PM. Some people would say that the Conservatives only enjoy the majority status they enjoy at present because of dirty tricks and even the Tories themselves are admitting theirs was a victory tarnished with election irregularities like the “In and Out Financing Scandal” and the “Robo Calls fraud in Guelph Ont.” Dean Del Mastro is about to be served up to the angry masses to save the party and Steven Harper’s neck. I feel the world is about to get to be a very lonely and bleak place for Mr. Del Mastro. That Dean Del Mastro resigned from the Conservative government caucus on Thursday and was stripped of his duties as a parliamentary secretary should tell him and his cronies in the Harper led Tori government that no matter how you try to hide the truth, if you continuously violate the rules and break the law, you will eventually be discovered and made to pay the price.
What’s it all about? It is about what happens when you start believing your own hype, believing that you can do no wrong and even when you are caught that you some how will not be held to account, because you are above the law, untouchable and at the end of the day finding out that you are not; at least this is what elected and non elected members of the Conservative Government of Canada are finding out as far as elections and financing are concerned. In Elections Canada’s opinion Dean Del Mastro has knowingly and wilfully broken election campaign rule and has tried to cover them up by providing false documentation, in other words fudging the books. A report in the Globe and Mail states the following, “Mr. Del Mastro is charged with exceeding the limit that a candidate can contribute to his own campaign when he allegedly paid an election expense of $21,000 from his own pocket. The personal limit was $2,100. Both Del Mastro and Richard McCarthy, his official agent in the 2008 campaign, are charged with exceeding the $92,655.79 election expenses limit for the Peterborough race. They are charged with submitting an electoral campaign return that omitted to report a contribution, and election expense, of $21,000, and instead reported an expense of only $1,575. This, Elections Canada alleged, was submitting a material statement they knew or should “reasonably … have known” was false or misleading. In Elections Canada court documents filed in 2012, an investigator for the watchdog alleges Mr. Del Mastro paid the Ottawa-based Holinshed Research Group $21,000 for calls to voters that wasA report in the Globe and Mail states the following, “Mr. Del Mastro is charged with exceeding the limit that a candidate can contribute to his own campaign when he allegedly paid an election expense of $21,000 from his own pocket. The personal limit was $2,100. Both Del Mastro and Richard McCarthy, his official agent in the 2008 campaign, are charged with exceeding the $92,655.79 election expenses limit for the Peterborough race. They are charged with submitting an electoral campaign return that omitted to report a contribution, and election expense, of $21,000, and instead reported an expense of only $1,575. This, Elections Canada alleged, was submitting a material statement they knew or should “reasonably … have known” was false or misleading. In Elections Canada court documents filed in 2012, an investigator for the watchdog alleges Mr. Del Mastro paid the not declared in the MP’s 2008 campaign finance return.”
Now although none of this has been proven in court I would suggest that elections Canada does not press charges against government officials lightly and it would seem to me that instead of being difficult and issuing challenges to the officials at elections Canada Mr. Del Mastro should have admitted to his error, worked with elections Canada to resolve the issue and apologised to Canadians, instead of putting on that pathetic, childish, pouting, snivelling plea for understanding and trust; feeling and emotions and acts for which he and his party are not capable of extending to others. There is a pattern of events which have unfolded that in my opinion that is not coincidence, but a deliberate attempt by the Conservative party of Canada to undermine the electoral law of this country when it comes to election financing and expense accounting in general. This party truly feels that in matters of accounting accountability that they are above the law. I would go further to suggest that this political party rigged the last election and that it is the only reason they hold a majority in the house today, or even the government and that Dean Del Mastro is but one of the rotten apples in Steven Harper’s strong, stable, majority conservative government of Canada.
This reminds me of something Prime Minister Harper said when addressing the press about why he thought there was such a great number of First Nation’s men incarcerated in the Canadian penal institutions and did he think that it could be their circumstance and racial prejudice that has caused such an imbalance. The Prime Minister smugly and quite like the racist he is replied something like, “Well you know, of course we need to do more for First Nations People in terms of their living in deplorable conditions, but people we must face the reality that some people are simply more pre disposed to breaking the law and ending up in jail than others.” I would say that he definitely had it wrong and that the only people who seem to be predisposed to breaking the laws of Canada and find themselves in hot water with the law and if there is still justice in Canada find themselves in jail are the members of the Harper’s strong , stable, majority government.”
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men could not put Dean Del Mastro together again. All of Harper’s Tories with dirty little secrets should heed this children’s rhyme!
- Tory MP Dean Del Mastro charged under elections act (globalnews.ca)
- Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro faces four election-related charges (calgaryherald.com)