Saturday, April 11, 2015
Oopsie. And the Walls Come Tumblin' Down.
The Crown in the Duffy trial has introduced a very interesting proposition using Justin Bieber to make the point.
The Crown's contention is that you cannot be a senator unless, at the time of appointment, you are duly resident in the province you are to represent. Mr. Holmes used the example of the requirement that senators be 30-years of age when he asked the Senate law clerk whether, had 21-year old Bieber been given a Senate appointment, the law would deem him to be 30. Of course not.
So the Crown's theory is that, if you're not already resident at the date of appointment, your appointment is invalid.
Let's chat about Harper loyalist and former personal aide, now senator for New Brunswick, Carolyn Stewart-Olsen - the one who dutifully helped launder Duffy's Senate audit report. For years she lived and worked as a nurse in the Ottawa area. Unlike Duffy, who actually owned property - land and a cottage - in Prince Edward Island at the time of his appointment, apparently Stewart-Olsen didn't get her residence in New Brunswick until several months after taking her seat in the Senate.
By the Crown's theory. Stewart-Olsen's appointment was even less valid than Duffy's which could mean her residency expense claims are every bit as fraudulent as Duffy's.
Wow, slap the bracelets on the honourable senator for New Brunswick.
Expect to hear more about this when Stewart-Olsen answers her subpoena to testify. The ironic part is the role she played as Harper's handmaiden in driving Duffy out of the Senate. I wonder what her residence stats were before the Duffy scandal began? Bring on the forensic auditors.