The Wallin witch hunt is a farce

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I understand why the Senate witch hunt was started.

Whenever there is a whiff of scandal, the Ottaw-crats release a few expendables for the media to massacre, knowing that the general public will lap up all the blood spilled in the sacrifice.

The goal is to put as much distance between even the perception of “stink” and those who organize the hunt. Then they build pyres and burn the bodies, as they are doing in Pamela Wallin’s case.

However, as a former federal employee, I understand also how onerous and confusing the multiple reporting systems can be, and don’t accept for one minute that Senator Wallin intentionally tried to “cook the books.”

It simply doesn’t fit the Wallin who Canadians came to respect as a journalist, public speaker, fundraiser and excellent representative of Canada.

She has been made the witch of the day, and it’s not warranted.

Tom Philp

Peterborough, Ont.

Geographic location: Canada

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  • david
    August 14, 2013 - 13:57

    Witch hunts are almost always pointless. Except on the very, very rare occasions when they actually find and expose witches. Et voila.

  • david
    August 14, 2013 - 13:55

    The crime has been portrayed as her stopping in Toronto overnight en route to Saskatoon. Will anyone out there ever wake up (including the media) ?! She wouldn't have gone to Saskatoon at all ---- that was a 'ruse' final destination that enabled her to claim her stays in Toronto deductible. Get it!?! The entire amount should be repaid, not just the portion that is directly attributable to her Toronto dealings. She's not a leech...she's a connor.

  • Virginia Waters
    August 14, 2013 - 13:43

    Nice to know we can always count on you Wild Rose for your bizarro-world partisan outlook where black is white, up is down, and lying-cheating-sleazebags are the victims of a witch hunt. But, then, if you couldn't whitewash pond scum, your fascist con parties wouldn't have any leaders at all. I've never subscribed to the childhood maxim that 'cheaters never prosper'. As you get a little older, you begin to realize just how untrue that is. Still it's nice to see a couple of rip-off artists get their just desserts from time to time. Now if we could only extract some level of accountability from the teflon dons in the oak panelled offices who make all this skullduggery possible and who sacrifice ordinary taxpayers to their personal ambitions, grab for power, and greed without the slightest twinge of conscience.

    August 14, 2013 - 13:35

    I am sick and tired of these political parasites getting away with whatever they choose to do. Charge them, put them in jail when convicted, and throw away the key. McGuinty and Tony Clement as well.

  • Cashin Delaney
    August 14, 2013 - 09:22

    This behavior is common to the world of professionals. Duffy and Wallin were questionable choices for the senate. Did they ever question the appointment themselves. They must have, in light of their journalistic acumen, felt they were maybe being fattened for some future public slaughter. I must disagree with your reference to Pam as a witch. A witch would have the cunning to avoid this trap and used her broom for shorthaul flights. She did not cook any books, just took what she could like most do and this whole situation was engineered to lead us away from serious debate of real issues. No private company would involve the RCMP here. However, she did milk the system feeling entitled to this high class corporate welfare. Duffy and Wallin are the least of our worries and just a distraction. It is a stretch to portray Wallin as an innocent princess who tasted the posion apple of the senate. Her habits were formed before she got there, and taken advantage of by our distractive government.

  • Justin Case
    August 14, 2013 - 08:12

    The board of internal economy has existed since time immemorial. It is not credible that things have only gone south in the past few years. Post everything online, from as far back as possible, and watch the chits hit the fans.

  • Wile Roseq
    August 14, 2013 - 07:08

    Here here. This Which Hunt is coming from the liberal left-wing media and the Communist cbc. The CBC should be sold.

  • Ken Collis
    August 14, 2013 - 05:44

    I understand what you are trying to say but the forms required would have to be very confusing indeed if one is able to justify attending a Conservative Party function and even remotely consider it Senate business. In my opinion that act alone is not "cooking the books". That is stealing money.

  • Virginia Watersa
    August 14, 2013 - 05:27

    This letter has appeared in other Canadian newspapers. A poorly argued mimeographed knee-jerk defence of the indefensible that runs against the tide of public opinion. Yes the government of the man who appointed her is doing everything it can to distance itself from the former co-star of the Mike and Pamela partisan puppet show. But that does nothing to diminish her culpability for what is an extraordinarily brazen abuse of public trust. Mr. Philp and like-minded defenders - if there are any - would do well to reflect on the public gutting that even lesser political miscreants would have suffered at the hands of the Ottawa Bureau Chief pre-incarnation of Pamela Wallin. I listened to George Furey lament the 'mocking' widely reported by his senatorial colleagues who feel they've been skunked by the likes of Duffy & Wallin. We can have a little sympathy for senators like Furey and Marshall from this province whose conduct has not been questioned, but the putrid odour in Canada's senate is hardly down to a couple of bad apples. Nor is it limited to the Senate. I doubt there has been a time in recent history when politicians at all levels and of all stripes have been held in such disrepute. Harper, McGinty, Dunderdale .... hard to find a sitting, or recently retired, political leader across Canada not complicit in the systematic dismantling of our democratic institutions and charter protections. Canadians can't wait to vent their anger at the polls. The disdain for incumbents does not augur well even for municipal mayors and councillors running for re-election in this province in the next couple of months.