Senator Pam Wallin claims she's the victim of a vendetta against her by two Tory senators resentful of her high profile - Marjory LeBreton and Carolyn Stewart-Olsen.
Ms. Wallin said she was targeted by Marjory LeBreton, then the leader of the government in the Senate, and Carolyn Stewart Olsen, Mr. Harper’s former press secretary before joining the Senate, because she was outspoken in caucus and occasionally critical of the government. “They resented me because I was an activist senator,” Ms. Wallin told the Senate Wednesday.
The former broadcaster, who has paid back more than $150,000 in improperly claimed travel expenses, said the motion to dump her from the Senate that has been made by Government Senate Leader Claude Carignon is politically motivated.
“The real intent is to remove a perceived liability – namely me,” said Ms. Wallin. The aim, she said, is to appease the Conservatives who will meet at a party convention at the end of this month. They and other Canadians are angry, she said, after media reports inflamed public opinion. Those reports were based on 14 leaks from senators, said Ms. Wallin.
Wallin's contention that jealous Tory senators were gunning for her is, in fact, plausible. Long before the current scandals erupted it was known that the newcomers' celebrity and rise to prominence was resented by the Old Guard has-beens like LeBreton. Little things like Harper calling Duffy his "most valuable" senator really grated on them.
In the meantime, LeBreton has been dumped as Tory Senate leader and today Stewart-Olsen resigned from the internal economy committee.