In the Toronto Star this morning Senator David Tkachuk lights into Brigette DePape, and those who call her actions heroic.
How dare he?
Mr. Tkachuk represents everything that is wrong with our current Senate. A crony appointment of Brian Mulroney's, who was brought on board to help the fortunes of his government, eventually toppled by corruption.
Not the first time for Tkachuk. He was a personal advisor to Grant Devine, former Premier of Saskatchewan, whose government was so corrupt, several MLAs ended up in prison.
Two senators with ties to both Mulroney and Devine, were eventually led out of the Senate in handcuffs.
Let's take a little stroll down memory lane with this high and mighty senator, shall we? Like the CBC piece: From politics to prison in Saskatchewan, broadcast February 8, 1999.
It discusses the "bad actors" of Devine's neoconservative government, including David Tkachuk, first appearing at the 4:40 mark of the tape. He is described as a "mean drunk" and many MLAs claimed to "hate his guts". It is also said that he once accosted the daughter of a Tory MLA, and ripped the blouse off another young female politician.
You can also check out some of the Hansard records of the Saskatchewan Legislature where they question what he does to earn $350 per day (in 1984), and also raise the alarm over his travel expenses.
But he had been instrumental in getting this gang of thugs elected, so when Mulroney called him to join the Senate, it was because he needed advice on how to get a corrupt government re-elected. Tkachuk failed because they were reduced to two seats.
This man is nothing but a hyperpartisan bully and like the idealistic Jack Wolfe, who got a glimpse of the ugly side of politics, Brigette DePape, no doubt went into her job believing that she would be at the hub of Canadian democracy.
What she saw instead was an unelected senate, overturn bills passed by elected parliamentarians, without so much as a backward glance. And she met two senators who may land in jail because of their involvement with the Conservative election financing scheme.
And she saw Stephen Harper treat both Parliament and the Senate as his own posse, doing the exact opposite of what Canadians wanted or needed, to fill the pockets of the Corporate execs.
So no Mr. Tkachuk, Ms DePape did not dishonour our institutions. You and your cronies are doing that everyday. And she does not have to go to Afghanistan to learn about democracy, because she could teach you more on the subject than you could ever know.
I will forgive his comment about the Senate that "men with all their frailties do all they can to preserve."
It is not his misogyny that this young woman exposed, and it has nothing to do with her defying an oath.
She forced him, and others like him, to look in the mirror.
And they will never forgive her for that.
A bit of background on Grant Devine and the Saskatchewan Government and the Mulroney Connection.
Brian Mulroney Continued: Marjory LeBreton and Entitlement to Taxpayers Purse
Tom Lukiwski and the Real Saskatchewan Scandal
Tom Lukiwski, Grant Devine and the Religious Right
Tom Lukiwski: From Mouseland to Dirty Rats
RCMP: The Illegitimacy of Democracy and the Erosion of Public Trust