Fabian Manning heading back to the Senate

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that defeated Avalon Convervative candidate Fabian Manning, and two other Canadans, wll be appointed to serve in Canada’s Senate.

The other two, also Conservative candidates who failed in the recent federal election, are Larry Smith and Josée Verner.

Manning had quit his Senate seat to run in the election for the Harper Conservatives.

“Our Government’s top priority remains the economy. As Canada emerges from the global economic recession, we will continue to help create jobs and growth,” Harper said. “We will continue focusing our efforts on getting tough on crime, in order to make our streets and communities safer.”

 The incoming senators fill vacancies in Quebec, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Organizations: Harper Conservatives

Geographic location: Canada, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • Shocked and Awed
    May 19, 2011 - 14:39

    It is astounding that some people have the gall to publicly support Manning after this debacle. This isn't about resenting the success of others - are you all so naive? It is about corruption and the abuse of power. Backroom deals and pork barrel politics will never cease as long as these moral weaklings are in charge. Appointing a defeated candidate is questionable enough; unfortunately, the Liberals have also done it in the past. What is unforgivable, however, is to reward a candidate with a lifelong patronage position for the SECOND time despite being twice-defeated in the span of three years! That doesn't show much respect for the electorate, does it? Nevermind the fact that there are further implications that may never see the light of day; Manning and Harper will never squeal about the conversations that led Fabian to resign and try his luck, only to be swiftly returned to his former post upon his loss.

  • Anonymoose
    May 19, 2011 - 11:45

    You got to be pretty uneducated to think Harper is an educated man. I bet very few people will be watching the bills that go through the house and actually READING them. If they did, Harper would not have his seat nor would his party have power. ( I know this because I actually read these bills)Anyone that voted for that lunatic is an Idiot and should have done the rest of the country a favor and moved to the US since that's what Canada is about to be turned into. Y'all just elected the first President of the United States of Canada

  • Just Sayin'
    May 19, 2011 - 10:55

    Must be nice to be attached to the tail end of Mr. Harper, well Mr. Manning we've got your number now, actually your trade, price tag and favorite trick!!!

  • kevin walsh
    May 19, 2011 - 07:28

    i am dunmfounded that Harper after getting a majority gov. can give the people of Nfld and Canada a slap in the face y appointing Manning back to the senate and 2 others as well Its time Manning went and got a job where he would dirty his hands! I like many thousands more have to worrk in Alberta away from family and our tax dollars go to keep this farce of a man and the many others who do absolutely nothing in the senate! Manning got the boots in Avalon twice now and I wonder did he get the message yet that no one wants him and definately not in the senate either, wasting our hard earned tax dollars. GO GET A JOB MANNING AND STOP SPONGING OFF THE CANADIAN TAXPAYERS! Its hard to digest that this freeloader has so much power over Harper that he can come and go as he pleases, makes one wonder what he is holding over Harper...with Manning it could be anything Like I said MAnning go get a real job where you get your hands dirty, you farce!

  • joan
    May 19, 2011 - 07:23

    Well I am not in his riding, but wish i were as he would have had another vote behind him as I am sure many more would have done..... when you say he was blatantly voted out.... did you really see the numbers on election night, it was one of the closest races of the night and its not that the people of AVALON voted against Fabian the people of Avalon voted as much for Fabian as they did for Andrews, so that shows the support for Fabian is still in the Avalon riding... so heres my opinion... SUCK IT UP, when Fabian is the one bringing the cheques to NL there wont be a negative word said then... or maybe you can just sit back and wait for Andrews to bring them, which my friends will not happen, or did you forget so soon that Andews is not even on the team of the official opposition anymore.... he is the back bencher, with no leader..... so i hope all you avalonians who voted him in can rely on him this time... GOOD JOB FABIAN... GOOD MAN TO HAVE THERE IN THE SENATE.. NOW Its your turn to show the people what they missed out on by having andrews carry the RED flag...

  • Don Lester
    May 19, 2011 - 06:29

    The question is not if it is right or wrong, the question should be, "Which one of us would not do the same thing if we were in Fabian's shoes." I'm willing to bet that everyone of us would if it meant a good income and pension.

  • rant
    May 19, 2011 - 05:31

    Fabian Manning was interviewed by Mark Critch and could not answer the question "what is the best thing about being a senator? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iM2WuAPef_Q Thanks Westerners for voting in Harper - truly an elected fraudster. I just hope your vote does not reflect western values?

  • Liberal
    May 19, 2011 - 03:30

    NL's best interest at heart !! LMFAO

  • Anon
    May 18, 2011 - 23:12

    Guy gets into senate so Harper can get seats out of Newfoundland NEXT time around. The time comes around so the guy tries to run for a seat (granted, there's nothing wrong with that) he loses to Andrews again (Who is not held in my esteem as anything other than a mediocre politician) and then low-and-behold, Harper appoints Manning back to the senate as part of a new Conservative Coalition Majority. Hopefully to sway more than one seat out of Newfoundland next time around(Congrats Mr. Penashue, do your people well. Because we both know Ottawa never gave a damn about Labrador or the native peoples before). And here we have it; Orange and Red Newfoundland and Blue Labrador. What I want to know is why the Prime Minister (who somehow got a majority with less than 40 percent of the popular vote) is allowed to appoint the Senate. Shouldn't we get to pick the Senate? Manning may very well have won his senate seat anyway. Electoral Reform is something that needs to be looked into.

  • Shocked and Awed
    May 18, 2011 - 22:48

    This is an unbelievable abuse of democracy. The Senate should be abolished. Fabian Manning resigned to run and was soundly defeated. He downplayed and demeaned the responsibilities of Senators. He should have the scruples and moral character to recognize that he has no right to represent the Canadian people in the Upper Chamber after his audacious actions. Clearly, he is a man that isn't burdened with a working conscience. I am proud that the people of Avalon rejected his candidacy; we all know that Manning is simply one of Stephen Harper's lackeys. The island of Newfoundland should be proud. We didn't accept the New Reform platform and we have shown that we won't be easily bribed. Express your displeasure with this corrupt appointment. Embrace our place in the Opposition and fight back against absurd Conservative actions. Help make this the only majority government Harper ever gets...

  • Sean
    May 18, 2011 - 22:25

    For Fabian to leave the senate to try and be elected by the people, then to be soundly defeated by the people, only to be returned to the senate by his political puppeteer is a slap in the face to Newfoundlanders by Mr Harper. The people spoke, and they rejected Fabian. Mr Harper ignores the will of the majority of Newfoundlanders, and puts Fabian back in the senate. Are we seriously to believe there are no other suitable candidates? I do so wish we had an elected Senate.

  • Sara Fenton
    May 18, 2011 - 21:37

    Oh my , oh my, what has this country become....rejects in the senate!!! Fabian, go back to selling beer and gas for your daddy. You are not intelligent enough to represent the fine people of Newfoundland and Labrador.

  • jason
    May 18, 2011 - 21:11

    wow what a surprise, I am in absolute shock..... didnt see that happening LOL

  • Bert
    May 18, 2011 - 20:39

    Will done Harper, that's how you repay Dunderdale and her soon to be defeated government by sending Fabian manning back to the senate after the people toly you twice we don't want him. Fabian, we don't want you in the parliament and we don't want you in the senate. Listen to the people and do the right thing and take up a new job.

  • Bibbie from NL
    May 18, 2011 - 19:28

    What a great day. Way to go Fabian. Loyal to NL, to the people and to the Prime Minister. Why shouldn't you get your job back. It wasn't filled. Lots of people take a leave of absence and run for a seat and if they loose, they go back to their job. After all you and Stephen Harper did for the people after Igor and other cheques you delivered to the Avalon Riding and those people were too stupid to vote for you (Not all people) Well, they deserve what they got. All the best to you. You are one heck of an individual.

  • Johnny
    May 18, 2011 - 18:58

    Way to go Fabian! Mr. Harper, an educated man, recognizes that you bring much to the table. Most people who disagree with your re-appointment have formed their opinions based on the actions of Daddy Danny. Isn't it typical of Newfoundlanders to hate to see others progress in their careers. Shame on all of you! People quickly forget that any monies delivered to this province during the last term were a direct result of your efforts on the hill. What did Mr. Andrews deliver? Congratulations again, you make us proud!

  • Jeremiah
    May 18, 2011 - 18:02

    Graham, you sound like just as big a fool as Manning.

  • Satisified taxpayer
    May 18, 2011 - 17:55

    I may have lost my vote in the Avalon riding but as I see it, now that Fabian is back in the Senate he will take care of those who supported him. Way to go Fabian!! Nice to see you back! Would have been nice to have you run for the Leadership of the provincial party and then Premier but we will support you as Senator too!! Fabian has did alot for this area what about the other guy who won. What's his name? We don't see much of anything he has done!! What's up with that?

  • bill
    May 18, 2011 - 17:47

    provincial govt pension wasnt enough, cant get elected federally to get that pension, so you sell your soul to harper to get more free money off us tax payers, please dont tell anyone you are an honest newfoundlander, tell everyone you are an off spring of harper, you must shave with your eyes closed now, how can you look yourself in the face. with all the paid free time you have why dont you go looking for that back bone you lost...

  • Dave
    May 18, 2011 - 17:05

    Holy frig. Un believable. I am not pleased. Good-bye to any hope for this majority government. How can this not be illigal.

  • Troy
    May 18, 2011 - 16:53

    I think this shows that Newfoundlanders made the right decision in rejecting Fabian Manning and the Conservatives. We now see their true colours. They are treating the Senate and the people like a game - moving back and forth each time they feel like it.

  • Mike
    May 18, 2011 - 16:23

    HaHa. Pathetic. Harper keeps his Newfie Yes Man after he was rejected by the voters in the district he resides. This is simply another country run by a bunch of self-serving beaurocratics. Take my advice readers ...... take what you can and as often as you can til you retire. That's the Canadian Way! Just look at the people who run for government.

  • G Pike
    May 18, 2011 - 16:09

    Manning the idiot is back!?!?! Quite the slap in the face for NLer's, and I'm sure that is exactly what Harper is doing. What an insult.

  • Lloyd G.
    May 18, 2011 - 15:49

    This is just unbelieveable and I knew when he resigned that he also had this in his ass pocket if not he wouldn't have resigned. But I really think we have real jewels running the country now thanks to the people of Canada. Well I just hope Harper don't stop to quick because only Manning's Senate Shoes will be exposed. And to think so many people in this district voted for him! UNBELIEVEABLE!

  • Harvey
    May 18, 2011 - 15:47

    Only someone like Harper would do this...one filled with contempt , deceit, dishonesty...and this is what our mha's campaigned for a few weeks ago!!!This will come back to haunt them.

  • Scott Free
    May 18, 2011 - 15:44

    I thought one of Harper's commitments years ago was to abolish the Senate; er, tell me again...just how is this going to work? Let's see....sooooo, he fills the Senate to get a majority, so that he can abolish it? yeah, right! Slurp, slurp; that good ole Reform elixer is some easy to swallow.

  • Bob
    May 18, 2011 - 15:40

    Be honest. This is another Harper kick in the arse to Danny Williams and we can't get enough of that in my book.

  • John Smith
    May 18, 2011 - 15:27

    Fabian Manning is a complete joke.Glad he lost, but not too happy that he got his cushy little senate post back. The guy is bought and paid for and has no credibility. Enjoy the easy senate life.

  • Me
    May 18, 2011 - 15:22

    Why do they call it resigned or quit the senate . What a farce. Two elections & he was not voted in & still gets appointed to the biggest waste of money this country will ever see. SENATE. The people had their say but obviously that doesn't seem to matter. Behind Harper with only his two feet sticking out. Senate = comment that will be banned from being posted manning, run the next time with something on the line, you coward. .

    • Randy
      May 18, 2011 - 17:38

      As for the person who has addressed the first comment of this column..Who's the coward. reveal yourself other then ME

    • Tamara
      May 18, 2011 - 18:45

      OH and you are sooooo very brave "ME" ha ha. Many politicians take leaves from private sector positions so therefore run with nothing on the line!!! Grow up and wake up to the real world "me".

    • WOW the drama
      May 18, 2011 - 20:17

      WOW , well I have to say its like putting a reject or second back on the shelf at full retail , what a waste of time when they should of sent it to the second hand store. Talk about a make work project. sure he knew quit well he would be reapointed or should I say re anointed ,, what a joke ,,,,,,, what would Joey say.

    • WOW the drama
      May 18, 2011 - 20:21

      WOW , well I have to say its like putting a reject or second back on the shelf at full retail , what a waste of time when they should of sent it to the second hand store. Talk about a make work project. sure he knew quit well he would be reapointed or should I say re anointed ,, what a joke ,,,,,,, what would Joey say.

    • Bill
      May 18, 2011 - 21:27

      How pathetic. He was rejected by the people of nl not just one. Can you say WELFARE Have some respect for yourself mr manning

  • Dwayne Cull
    May 18, 2011 - 15:17

    Sorry R.Dennis but Fabian Manning and probably the vast majority of the rest of them have only their own best interest at heart. Anything to better themselves all with the loyal support of anyone naive enough to help them out.... This is a sad day in my opinion...

    • wouldn't anybody
      May 19, 2011 - 07:26

      "have only their own best interest at heart. Anything to better themselves" Serioulsy think about it. YOu all babal on about Fabian being in it for his own interest, all of you put yourselves in his position. Wouldn't you. Tell me who in their right mind wouldn't take the opportunity if they had it. If you don't take care of ourselves who will. You should get off your high horses and support him. He is a fellow newfoundlander with mouths to feed just like the rest of us. CONGRATULATIONS FABIAN! You deserve it!

  • Alpha
    May 18, 2011 - 15:06

    Leave it to that accomplished student of Machiavellianism to come up with a new role for the Senate - that of political bullpen. What a great spot to keep your most loyal sycophants warm and comfy between bouts. Simply make it a condition of appointment that they step down when told to do so by the PMO and carry the party banner at home. A real win-win deal for both sides. As far as Manning is concerned, I suspect he was privately overjoyed to have once again been rejected by the intelligent people of Avalon. Being an MP involves some effort and risk. Being a Senator can be pulled off by a by a bed ridden zombie with alzheimers. Manning can now get on with the quiet enjoyment of that Senatorial opulence for the next three decades at taxpayer's expense. Who says Fabian lost?

  • Steve Power
    May 18, 2011 - 15:05

    Well deserved, a great Newfoundlander. Prime Minister Harper has made sure we have a strong and experienced voice in Ottawa. Fabian and Peter will make the strongest team we have had since the days of Crosbie and Macgrath. Well Done

  • Randy
    May 18, 2011 - 15:05

    Honesty? Integrity? Do you pc mha's --Terry French ,Kennedy Charlene Stunderdale see what you have been walking around with for 5 weeks??? See ya in october Dummies

  • Herb Morrison
    May 18, 2011 - 15:02

    Didn't have to be either a "Rocket Scientist" or a fortune teller to see this coming. The entire fiasco was orchestrated by Harper. Small wonder only slightly more than 60% of Canadians voted. Political patronage and political opportunism at their worse. Farewell to honesty and integrity. There are no words in the English language strong enough to even come close to the contempt, and sisgust the all Canadians should feel concerning this turn of events.

  • Tilley
    May 18, 2011 - 15:02

    Well Jackie you say you will never vote again. How stunned is that? The only way to change things you dont like is to vote.

  • Graham
    May 18, 2011 - 14:58

    Jeremiah the younger generation is fed up with comments from people like you who can only see the negativity in any given situation. We have a cabinet minister and a senator to represent us. You Jeremiah would be the first to complain if we had no one there at all. Get over it and get a life.

  • Jackie
    May 18, 2011 - 14:51

    This is just bull and I will not vote again

  • Avalon Riding
    May 18, 2011 - 14:42

    So happy for you Mr.Manning that you are returning to the Senate....so sad we don't have you representing us in the Avalon....we lost out BIG!!!

    • Avalon Riding too
      May 18, 2011 - 15:17


    • Avalon Riding Also
      May 18, 2011 - 19:37

      Glad to see this as well actually. You realign the Avalon riding to take CBS, for all intents and purposes a suburban area and Mr. Manning would be in the other house.

  • amazed
    May 18, 2011 - 14:34

    It was blatantly obvious from the beginning that Harper asked Manning to try and get elected here to shore things up for him and if that failed he'd get his senate seat back. This is just political sleaze at it's finest and shows Manning can, and has been, bought. Integrity; none. Fear the Harper government!

  • W Bagg
    May 18, 2011 - 14:31

    I guess Harper is a man of his word. He put Fabes back in.

  • Seamus
    May 18, 2011 - 14:23

    To all the people saying great for Manning, do you fail to see that he was rejected by the people as a representative and should not be appointed one? Apparently you are all part of the 10 people who voted for him.

    • Leo
      May 18, 2011 - 17:25

      Seamus, I suggest fact checking before spreading such blatantly nonsense information. Seems to have been the mantra of the "successful" liberal team - use false talking points to catch the attention of the general electorate in hopes no one would inquire as to your own platform or merit. Eeks. Sad state of affairs indeed!

    • Proud
      May 19, 2011 - 01:57

      Ten people? It was actually closer to 15 000 votes, losing by a mere 1000 votes. That's simply 3 more votes per pole. Get your facts straight! Way to go Fabian! A good man! Also, against him or not, Newfoundlanders now have a voice representing us.

    • Karl
      May 19, 2011 - 07:25

      Ever try getting a reply from Scott Whatever his name is office.

  • Sue Kelland-Dyer
    May 18, 2011 - 14:22

    What a tragic day for newfoundland and labrador, canada, and democracy http://bit.ly/lKYDI1 Harper at his finest! Kathy Dunderdale must be thrilled.

    • sam
      May 18, 2011 - 16:26

      Sue you must be the only one that didnt know this would happen. I thought you were smarter than that!! Why wouldnt the PM put Manning back in Senate? Did you expect he would put Ken Dryden or Todd Russell in? Guess thats why you didnt go anywhere in politics...you have to learn how it works!!

  • Jeremiah
    May 18, 2011 - 14:19

    How sleezy can a person get! No wonder the younger generation is fed up with government.

  • BR
    May 18, 2011 - 14:18

    Surprise !! Surprise!! I think everybody knew he was going back to the senate. I guess Harper needed a rep in NL and Manning was his best choice .... DOH !!! At least we get a different face representing the feds with Penashue.

  • Eli
    May 18, 2011 - 14:13

    Any damn fool knew this would happen. It was just a matter of time. Now, what about Loyola Sullivan? When will he be back in his cucoo's nest?

  • Karl
    May 18, 2011 - 14:06

    Good for Manning!!! Well deserved and a great worker.. Tooooooooo bad the people of Avalon never elected him as our rep in Ottawa... Congrats Fabian

    • R. Dennis
      May 18, 2011 - 14:39

      Good to see Fabian Manning back. He is a good worker and certaily has NL's best interest at heart. Way to Go I say.....

  • Diane
    May 18, 2011 - 13:59

    I am so happy for Fabian. I feel good knowing a man like that will still be in Ottawa and helping keep Newfoundland in the limelight. He and Mr. Penashue will be great ambassadors for our province.

  • Darrell Hynes
    May 18, 2011 - 13:57

    So a man that was soundly rejected by the people as their representative is once again appointed to represent the people!?! Clearly this Conservative machine is out of touch with politics run amok.

  • Townie Bayman
    May 18, 2011 - 13:51

    Great to see Fabian back in the Senate. At least he will still be delivering checks to the Avalon riding, not that other fella Scott Whatisname. Way to go Manning!

    • D. Maria Paul
      May 18, 2011 - 19:46

      Townie Bayman, what cheques do you believe Manning will be delivering to the Avalon. The only cheques manning will be delivering will be to his own bank account and the pockets of his cronies. Manning is an opportunist and he is currently cosily tucked away in Steven Harper's arse pocket, a deal that was tidily penned when he agreed to step down to try and run Scott Andrews out of Avalon. I believe the people spoke loud and clear to that deal and if the egotistical, dominant, controlling Harper hadn't wrangled a majority because of the emotional Quebec/Ont. vote he'd have been out of a job. However he'll follow along like the rats that follow the pied piper until the country realizes just what they've elected. Remember the Mul-ruin-y fiasco, this is a repeat.........

  • mac
    May 18, 2011 - 13:38

    Kinda makes you sick, don't it !!!

    • Karl
      May 19, 2011 - 07:22