Fabian Manning holds news conference

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Fabian Manning, one of 18 people appointed to the Senate Monday, held a new conference in St. John's this morning.
He told the media and a crowd of 20 or so supporters that he will accept Prime Minister Stephen Harper's appointment, but he did say it came as a surprise.
Manning said he is in favour of Senate reform and will work as a Senator to bring that about.
He also had some words for his critics. Some MPs from this province say Manning's appointment is undemocratic because he was defeated in the October election.
But Manning said a possible coalition is really what's undemocratic.
He also accused his critics of not voting for Senate reform when they had the chance in the past.

Geographic location: St. John's

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  • Dennis
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    Only Steve Harper could claim one week that the coalition was trying to overturn the choice of the electorate, then the next week appoint to the Senate the very man that the electorate booted.

    This is a slap in the face to all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who said no to Harper's Conservatives.

  • Crystal
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    I don't get this! Not only did he do a bad job as a MP, but he wasn't voted in duing this election. Why should a guy get a free ride after he laughed about NL's equlization payments with the PM?

    Manning lost in the election fair and square, he should not get a reward for being a sore loser.

  • Matt
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    well well well.. isn't this typical of newfoundlanders... always putting one of their own down. All these negative comments coming from people who obviously don't even know fabian. What do any of you really know about his man? He is a good, honest and hard working man... my guess is that the majority of these comments are being written by a-holes who wouldn't know a honest days work if it hit them between their ignorant eyes... Hope your getting a good laugh Fabian, cause I know I am. Good Luck and Congratulations

  • Billy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    Laughable, but then again he wouldn't make that kind of money in his convenience store back home.

  • Merry
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    CONGRATULATIONS SENATOR MANNING....you are MOST deserving of this position!! I wonder will Danny intervene this time and then someday you might become Prime Minister!! He attacked you provincially...you went Federal. He ran his ABC campaign to ruin that..that was so easy to see...he thought Harper was an alright guy the morning after your election but he didn't keep you down for long...you are now Senator!!! May this be the MERRIEST of all Christmas's for you and your family,Senator Manning!!

  • Willy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    Too bad John Crosbie has a cushy job now , he would have made an excellent choice . He's three quarters asleep already . Ever seen that crowd up in the rafters in Ottawa . Half of them sleeping and the other half with one eye lid open . Come on , is that the best Harper could come up with . Winning a gold medal , reading the news or losing an election , is that worthy . A sick ploy by a sick gouverment . Why the heck didn't he appoint Grapes himself . Yesiree bob , Don Cherry wouldn't let those overpaid bums sit there like pylons in the rafters . At the slightest sign of someone nodding off , Cherry could go over and land a good elbow to the chops . All kidding aside tho , it is what ist is . In my opinion , lousy appointments .

  • Howard
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    It seems the Liberals are all in a twitty because the 18 senate seats have been filled before the got the chance to grab power and appoint their own cronies. The Liberals had a chance to vote for senate reform but didn't see fit to do so, I would say due to the fact they wanted to keep appointing their own people. Now the shoe is on the other foot. I'd say that Danny is feeling a little sore to see his arch enemy given such a plum after all his efforts to destroy Mr. Manning. Danny boy you are batting zero on Fabian Manning. Liberals for some reason think they have a divine right of entitlement to the government and all the perks that come with it. Cheer up boys you will no doubt get your chance again. Congratulations Mr. Manning and enjoy the ride

  • Frank
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    With all of the discussion that the Senate serves no purpose, is a den for political patronage only, is it now the right time to abolish the Senate?

    Of course, to do so, requires that the government open up the Constitution.

    And the headaches that will come from that.

  • Lee
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    Talk about the gift that gives year round. Very interesting choices Steve.

  • Steve
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    Way to go. More power for Newfoundland in the Senate! Congrats Fabian.

  • Michelle
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    A senator who thinks the coalition was undemocratic ? Isn't the senate suppose to represent the collective wisdom of our country's old fawts ? By his own mouth, Manning is not yet educated enough to competently perform this role. I'd say there are high school students with more knowledge and who are better prepared to take on this position. The West is clearly going down the tubes with unprofessionalism everywhere.

  • Gordon
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    Of course Manning will accept this appointment. Where else can he expect to make the kind of money a Senator will make? This Senator appointing has to be stopped, ASAP. This is a joke.

  • POX
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    ....Sick

  • man
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    what all you people need to understand is that before Canada became its own country The king of England said that we need to have a GG and LT General and a Senate.and the King or Queen of England would appoint them upon a request of the Prime Minister of Our Country. Now Fabian did a wounderfull jop ad a MHA of this province however because he stook up for his riding Mr Williams kicked him outta of Caucus and Fabian became an independent. Fabin always has done a good job for this province and his people.

  • Hull
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    It seem that a few of the posters above is still groggy from the Danny Willianms cool aid. A coalition may not be undemocratic but it sure is unCanadian with the Bloc involved. Fabian Manning is a forme MHA as well as a former MP.....but what experience did Danny Williams have in either house before he was selected to lead NL out of the doldrums!!

  • Fred
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    The Right Honourable Mr. Manning (I say facetiously) is to receive the gratuitous gift of $1,800 per average working day from the Honourable and Oh so Honest Steve. I had no choice were Steves words. Well seeing as how Mr. Manning was unable to win the taxpayers confidence (Yes the people from whom he will draw this meagre allowance) I guess Steve was the only one who could make the appointment. Does the job come with a sweater vest I wonder?

  • John
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    Excuse me? A coalition is undemocratic in Mannings opinion? Where did he learn this, and when did Harper teach it to him?
    Its insane that this man has A. Been given this appointment, and B. That he has the audacity to accept it.

  • Cal
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    I was thinkin' for a while that Bobby Orr would have made one heck of a good Senator , but after givin' me head a shake i said Nah , He's got far too much class fer that , and would kindly reject the offer .

  • W
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    Do you think he will try to have the Senate reformed so its' members are elected. Thats how he lost his job in the first place. If it wasn't for Harper this guy would be on Social Services..........well now he is on a dole .......sort of.

  • Longshanks
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    Nice to see, a conservative, a Newfoundlander and an every man . More like this would go a long way.

  • steve
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    k.c

    go read your jr high histiry books again, just because the rest of the people are jaded and brainwashed by Danny's foolish acts, doesnt mean you should be as well. Fabian has bee around a long time and has done a lot of good for Newfoundland and Lab', until Danny set his narrowminded sights on him and turned everyone against him.

  • Edmund
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    You are exactly right Gordon, the Senate is a joke and a complete waste of the public's hard earned tax dollars. The senate is absolutely and totally unnecessary, just like the Governor General and Provincial Lt. Governor positions. None of them serve any useful purpose and should be abolished. Take the money (millions of dollars spent on salaries, travel and many other perks and benefits) and invest it in our health care system, poverty reduction, homelessness and other needy areas of our society or employment initiatives.

    The elected politicians who are elected by us should start doing their jobs, that they are very well paid to do, and stop relying on the Senate to run the country. If those ex politicians, former bureaucrats and highly visible public figures who so willingly accept these appointments want or need to get involved in such matters, let them volunteer their services to their MP's. Ha, I wonder how many of them would be lined up offering or accepting those types of positions????????? THE SENATE IS A BIG JOKE.

  • steve
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    Question, has Fabian paid back the $2800 that he forgot about or is it still in his in tray??

  • Timboy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    Michelle ... old fawts .... lol excellent... right on there.
    Fabian - It must feel awful to walk down a street here knowing you were GIVEN this and you have not EARNED it. In other words - this is a phony role - right. Yeah you know it. We all know it. You go that empty feeling yet Fabe?

  • Eli
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    This is Steve's way of telling Danny...Up Yours.

  • Andrew
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    Wow, the face of a man who looks like he just won a million dollars for doing nothing. He gets an annual salary of 130,000 until he is 75 years old. Without even accounting for the modest 5 - 10 % wage cost of living increases senators like to vote themselves every year, this translates into a jackpot win of $4,030,000 for Mr. Manning. I am sure that this is money well spent by the Canadian taxpayers as a reward for holding on to a seat as an MP in a minority government for 2 years. Maybe he should buy a ticket in that super jackpot lottery in Spain on behalf of the people of newfoundland, cause he definitely has a horse shoe crammed somewhere.

  • John
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    Harper has prorogued parliament as a means to avoid a confidence vote. Because he does not have the confidence of parliament, all of this should not have been allowed until parliament reconvened and a confidence vote was heald. The so-called impartial GG should have imposed severe restrictions on what he could do during proroguement - i.e. economic work only such as the budget. She has shown just how impartial she is: Harper has her under her thumb. Worst of all, she will not talk about what happened in the closed door session with him. Time for all 18 appointments to be shelved. Harper and Jeanne have to go as well.

  • wayne
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    Wow, what a vitrolic diatribe against one of Newfounlands finest sons! As senate appointments go no one is more deserving of the job that Fabian Manning.Is there not one Fisherman out there who remembers how fabian spoke out aganist the RMS program brought in by King danny and his henchman Sit Taylor? Dannyboy sure did a snowjob on fabian and the mindless crowd like to jump on the little despot bandwagon. I laugh at those on here questioning Fabians intelligence for no other reason than that he wouldn't dance to dan's drums! Here Mr. Harper did nothing that other Prime Ministers have been doing since the inception of Canada. Blindly following a person like williams is your measure of ones intelligence? I am so happy to see mr. Manning get this appointment, and i do hope Mr. Harper stays in office long enough to reform the senate.

  • Aubrey
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    Fabian Manning looks like the cat that swallowed the canary. He's saying yes, there is a God. His career was in the toilet but he stuck tight to Harper and, in the end (pardon the pun) all the brownnosing paid off. Annual salary of $130,000, indexed of course, to be followed by a very generous pension, also indexed. A seat in the cushy Snooze Chamber, the repository for political hacks, where you can spend your time nodding off, show up or stay home, pass gas and, if so inclined, be half in the bag. He's joining other distinguished appointees, among whom are two who used to read the news and do interviews, and a former Olympic skier. Pretty heady company for ol' Fabs.

  • Aubrey
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    The look on Fabian Manning's face says it all. That's why politicians turn a deaf ear to any talk about abolishing the Senate, also known as the Snooze Chamber.They get to haul down a $130,000 salary and a very nice pension, all at the taxpayers' expense. Their attitude is, to hell with the taxpayers. They get your vote and then smack their a---s in your general direction. Time to wake up and wipe the smirks off their faces. Self serving, two faced bottom feeders.

  • Kathy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    This is absurd.... I don't see one thing in mr. mannings profile that shows he deserves a seat in senate.... What in the world is Harper trying to do. I guess he is trying to show everyone he is in control but it isn't coming out that way... He is making another wrong decision... manning doesn't even understand the democratic rights of Canadians so I really struggle to imaging what he can accomplish besides collecting another hefty salary for a job I envision to be very poorly done.

  • k
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    Yes, Steve, because we always hear about the power of the Senate! lol What a joke!

  • k
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    This guy was a ONE term Member of Parliament! What the heck is he doing in the Senate? Also, look who is joining him, Pamala Wallin and Mike Duffy??? Harper is definitely losing his mind! My God, What about some more deserving people who have contributed YEARS of service to this country? Since this is all about political patronage and a sure fire at Danny, what else can we expect? Bring on the coalition, baby!!!!

  • Mark
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    What exactly did Manning do to get this position again? Not exactly deserving of the seat if you ask me. Also, a coalition government IS a democratic right that we have, in case a PM ever begins to act like Harper!

  • john
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    I'm not a support of Harper, however, do you not think that the Liberals or the NDP would have done the same thing if they were in the position... for their own buddies of course... here's the problem with a lot of us NFLDers, hate to see someone else get ahead. King Danny must be pissed!

  • Owen
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    The upside is that we don't have to worry about dear old Fabian running for elected office anytime soon; it's unlikely that self-serving appointees like him will push for senate reform. However, we do have to live with the knowledge that we will pay this guy's wages for the rest of his life or until he's 75. Considering what we know of Mr. Manning's loyalty to our province, that's very sad.

  • Doug
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    This makes me sick to my stomach! Manning gets a reward for supporting Harper in his betrayal of Newfoundland and Labrador. How can Manning sleep at night? How can he hold that position and be proud of it? Better yet...where is he going to get the brain cells to perform the duties of a Senator? This position requires some degree of intelligence. What a joke!

  • Leo
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    What a fitting way to get even with Danny and Newfoundlanders. This is got to be the ultimate Newfie Joke! .

  • Mike
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    I have lost all faith in this so-called democratic society that we live in. No matter who is elected; Conservative, Liberal or NDP; you still end up with the same crap every time. To me, the only Party which is representing its electorate is the Bloc.

    Power Corrupts! Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely!

  • Joanne
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    Well Stevie, if there is anyway in God's creation to stick it to Premier Williams, then you appear to be all over that. However, if you are going to appoint anyone to the Senate, Fab is NOT the way to go. After all, the man loses his seat in the election, blames the Premier and the like for his short comings and then he lands this so-called appointment. Shame on you Stevie!!! I think his brown-nosing paid off in that he landed himself a make work project but I thought these projects were for people wanting to better themselves and their lives and in Fab's case that will never happen because he isn't worth the boat he came in on.

    Anyway Stevie, I highly doubt this is going to get Fab in anyones good books here in NL, particularly Danny's. The man doesn't know what it means to be LOYAL.

  • Graham
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    Funny how Harper called the coalition undemocratic (it is/was fully democratic), and how he himself (Harper) claimed to be the only true gov't because he was elected, and that the others in the coalition weren't deserving because they weren't. Now the tables have turned and here we have Harper appointing a failed leader who couldn't get elected and the failed member (Manning) claiming the coalition was undemocratic.

    Are we just going to forget all this stuff again ? Forget all these games ? Or is someone going to stand up against politicians who have ZERO ethical standards.

    Every provincial capital should put up a monument and on it list all the unethical and illegal activities of politicians, so that it is enshrined in the public domain and not forgotten. Maybe this would help encourage politicians to be honest and ethical.

    Nice smug mug Manning is sporting there. As if to say, skrew all of you.

  • Dennis
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    Only Steve Harper could claim one week that the coalition was trying to overturn the choice of the electorate, then the next week appoint to the Senate the very man that the electorate booted.

    This is a slap in the face to all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who said no to Harper's Conservatives.

  • Crystal
    July 01, 2010 - 20:24

    I don't get this! Not only did he do a bad job as a MP, but he wasn't voted in duing this election. Why should a guy get a free ride after he laughed about NL's equlization payments with the PM?

    Manning lost in the election fair and square, he should not get a reward for being a sore loser.

  • Matt
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    well well well.. isn't this typical of newfoundlanders... always putting one of their own down. All these negative comments coming from people who obviously don't even know fabian. What do any of you really know about his man? He is a good, honest and hard working man... my guess is that the majority of these comments are being written by a-holes who wouldn't know a honest days work if it hit them between their ignorant eyes... Hope your getting a good laugh Fabian, cause I know I am. Good Luck and Congratulations

  • Billy
    July 01, 2010 - 20:21

    Laughable, but then again he wouldn't make that kind of money in his convenience store back home.

  • Merry
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    CONGRATULATIONS SENATOR MANNING....you are MOST deserving of this position!! I wonder will Danny intervene this time and then someday you might become Prime Minister!! He attacked you provincially...you went Federal. He ran his ABC campaign to ruin that..that was so easy to see...he thought Harper was an alright guy the morning after your election but he didn't keep you down for long...you are now Senator!!! May this be the MERRIEST of all Christmas's for you and your family,Senator Manning!!

  • Willy
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    Too bad John Crosbie has a cushy job now , he would have made an excellent choice . He's three quarters asleep already . Ever seen that crowd up in the rafters in Ottawa . Half of them sleeping and the other half with one eye lid open . Come on , is that the best Harper could come up with . Winning a gold medal , reading the news or losing an election , is that worthy . A sick ploy by a sick gouverment . Why the heck didn't he appoint Grapes himself . Yesiree bob , Don Cherry wouldn't let those overpaid bums sit there like pylons in the rafters . At the slightest sign of someone nodding off , Cherry could go over and land a good elbow to the chops . All kidding aside tho , it is what ist is . In my opinion , lousy appointments .

  • Howard
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    It seems the Liberals are all in a twitty because the 18 senate seats have been filled before the got the chance to grab power and appoint their own cronies. The Liberals had a chance to vote for senate reform but didn't see fit to do so, I would say due to the fact they wanted to keep appointing their own people. Now the shoe is on the other foot. I'd say that Danny is feeling a little sore to see his arch enemy given such a plum after all his efforts to destroy Mr. Manning. Danny boy you are batting zero on Fabian Manning. Liberals for some reason think they have a divine right of entitlement to the government and all the perks that come with it. Cheer up boys you will no doubt get your chance again. Congratulations Mr. Manning and enjoy the ride

  • Frank
    July 01, 2010 - 20:15

    With all of the discussion that the Senate serves no purpose, is a den for political patronage only, is it now the right time to abolish the Senate?

    Of course, to do so, requires that the government open up the Constitution.

    And the headaches that will come from that.

  • Lee
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    Talk about the gift that gives year round. Very interesting choices Steve.

  • Steve
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    Way to go. More power for Newfoundland in the Senate! Congrats Fabian.

  • Michelle
    July 01, 2010 - 20:10

    A senator who thinks the coalition was undemocratic ? Isn't the senate suppose to represent the collective wisdom of our country's old fawts ? By his own mouth, Manning is not yet educated enough to competently perform this role. I'd say there are high school students with more knowledge and who are better prepared to take on this position. The West is clearly going down the tubes with unprofessionalism everywhere.

  • Gordon
    July 01, 2010 - 20:08

    Of course Manning will accept this appointment. Where else can he expect to make the kind of money a Senator will make? This Senator appointing has to be stopped, ASAP. This is a joke.

  • POX
    July 01, 2010 - 20:06

    ....Sick

  • man
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    what all you people need to understand is that before Canada became its own country The king of England said that we need to have a GG and LT General and a Senate.and the King or Queen of England would appoint them upon a request of the Prime Minister of Our Country. Now Fabian did a wounderfull jop ad a MHA of this province however because he stook up for his riding Mr Williams kicked him outta of Caucus and Fabian became an independent. Fabin always has done a good job for this province and his people.

  • Hull
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    It seem that a few of the posters above is still groggy from the Danny Willianms cool aid. A coalition may not be undemocratic but it sure is unCanadian with the Bloc involved. Fabian Manning is a forme MHA as well as a former MP.....but what experience did Danny Williams have in either house before he was selected to lead NL out of the doldrums!!

  • Fred
    July 01, 2010 - 20:04

    The Right Honourable Mr. Manning (I say facetiously) is to receive the gratuitous gift of $1,800 per average working day from the Honourable and Oh so Honest Steve. I had no choice were Steves words. Well seeing as how Mr. Manning was unable to win the taxpayers confidence (Yes the people from whom he will draw this meagre allowance) I guess Steve was the only one who could make the appointment. Does the job come with a sweater vest I wonder?

  • John
    July 01, 2010 - 20:04

    Excuse me? A coalition is undemocratic in Mannings opinion? Where did he learn this, and when did Harper teach it to him?
    Its insane that this man has A. Been given this appointment, and B. That he has the audacity to accept it.

  • Cal
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    I was thinkin' for a while that Bobby Orr would have made one heck of a good Senator , but after givin' me head a shake i said Nah , He's got far too much class fer that , and would kindly reject the offer .

  • W
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    Do you think he will try to have the Senate reformed so its' members are elected. Thats how he lost his job in the first place. If it wasn't for Harper this guy would be on Social Services..........well now he is on a dole .......sort of.

  • Longshanks
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    Nice to see, a conservative, a Newfoundlander and an every man . More like this would go a long way.

  • steve
    July 01, 2010 - 19:59

    k.c

    go read your jr high histiry books again, just because the rest of the people are jaded and brainwashed by Danny's foolish acts, doesnt mean you should be as well. Fabian has bee around a long time and has done a lot of good for Newfoundland and Lab', until Danny set his narrowminded sights on him and turned everyone against him.

  • Edmund
    July 01, 2010 - 19:58

    You are exactly right Gordon, the Senate is a joke and a complete waste of the public's hard earned tax dollars. The senate is absolutely and totally unnecessary, just like the Governor General and Provincial Lt. Governor positions. None of them serve any useful purpose and should be abolished. Take the money (millions of dollars spent on salaries, travel and many other perks and benefits) and invest it in our health care system, poverty reduction, homelessness and other needy areas of our society or employment initiatives.

    The elected politicians who are elected by us should start doing their jobs, that they are very well paid to do, and stop relying on the Senate to run the country. If those ex politicians, former bureaucrats and highly visible public figures who so willingly accept these appointments want or need to get involved in such matters, let them volunteer their services to their MP's. Ha, I wonder how many of them would be lined up offering or accepting those types of positions????????? THE SENATE IS A BIG JOKE.

  • steve
    July 01, 2010 - 19:58

    Question, has Fabian paid back the $2800 that he forgot about or is it still in his in tray??

  • Timboy
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    Michelle ... old fawts .... lol excellent... right on there.
    Fabian - It must feel awful to walk down a street here knowing you were GIVEN this and you have not EARNED it. In other words - this is a phony role - right. Yeah you know it. We all know it. You go that empty feeling yet Fabe?

  • Eli
    July 01, 2010 - 19:56

    This is Steve's way of telling Danny...Up Yours.

  • Andrew
    July 01, 2010 - 19:56

    Wow, the face of a man who looks like he just won a million dollars for doing nothing. He gets an annual salary of 130,000 until he is 75 years old. Without even accounting for the modest 5 - 10 % wage cost of living increases senators like to vote themselves every year, this translates into a jackpot win of $4,030,000 for Mr. Manning. I am sure that this is money well spent by the Canadian taxpayers as a reward for holding on to a seat as an MP in a minority government for 2 years. Maybe he should buy a ticket in that super jackpot lottery in Spain on behalf of the people of newfoundland, cause he definitely has a horse shoe crammed somewhere.

  • John
    July 01, 2010 - 19:55

    Harper has prorogued parliament as a means to avoid a confidence vote. Because he does not have the confidence of parliament, all of this should not have been allowed until parliament reconvened and a confidence vote was heald. The so-called impartial GG should have imposed severe restrictions on what he could do during proroguement - i.e. economic work only such as the budget. She has shown just how impartial she is: Harper has her under her thumb. Worst of all, she will not talk about what happened in the closed door session with him. Time for all 18 appointments to be shelved. Harper and Jeanne have to go as well.

  • wayne
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    Wow, what a vitrolic diatribe against one of Newfounlands finest sons! As senate appointments go no one is more deserving of the job that Fabian Manning.Is there not one Fisherman out there who remembers how fabian spoke out aganist the RMS program brought in by King danny and his henchman Sit Taylor? Dannyboy sure did a snowjob on fabian and the mindless crowd like to jump on the little despot bandwagon. I laugh at those on here questioning Fabians intelligence for no other reason than that he wouldn't dance to dan's drums! Here Mr. Harper did nothing that other Prime Ministers have been doing since the inception of Canada. Blindly following a person like williams is your measure of ones intelligence? I am so happy to see mr. Manning get this appointment, and i do hope Mr. Harper stays in office long enough to reform the senate.

  • Aubrey
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    Fabian Manning looks like the cat that swallowed the canary. He's saying yes, there is a God. His career was in the toilet but he stuck tight to Harper and, in the end (pardon the pun) all the brownnosing paid off. Annual salary of $130,000, indexed of course, to be followed by a very generous pension, also indexed. A seat in the cushy Snooze Chamber, the repository for political hacks, where you can spend your time nodding off, show up or stay home, pass gas and, if so inclined, be half in the bag. He's joining other distinguished appointees, among whom are two who used to read the news and do interviews, and a former Olympic skier. Pretty heady company for ol' Fabs.

  • Aubrey
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    The look on Fabian Manning's face says it all. That's why politicians turn a deaf ear to any talk about abolishing the Senate, also known as the Snooze Chamber.They get to haul down a $130,000 salary and a very nice pension, all at the taxpayers' expense. Their attitude is, to hell with the taxpayers. They get your vote and then smack their a---s in your general direction. Time to wake up and wipe the smirks off their faces. Self serving, two faced bottom feeders.

  • Kathy
    July 01, 2010 - 19:50

    This is absurd.... I don't see one thing in mr. mannings profile that shows he deserves a seat in senate.... What in the world is Harper trying to do. I guess he is trying to show everyone he is in control but it isn't coming out that way... He is making another wrong decision... manning doesn't even understand the democratic rights of Canadians so I really struggle to imaging what he can accomplish besides collecting another hefty salary for a job I envision to be very poorly done.

  • k
    July 01, 2010 - 19:49

    Yes, Steve, because we always hear about the power of the Senate! lol What a joke!

  • k
    July 01, 2010 - 19:49

    This guy was a ONE term Member of Parliament! What the heck is he doing in the Senate? Also, look who is joining him, Pamala Wallin and Mike Duffy??? Harper is definitely losing his mind! My God, What about some more deserving people who have contributed YEARS of service to this country? Since this is all about political patronage and a sure fire at Danny, what else can we expect? Bring on the coalition, baby!!!!

  • Mark
    July 01, 2010 - 19:48

    What exactly did Manning do to get this position again? Not exactly deserving of the seat if you ask me. Also, a coalition government IS a democratic right that we have, in case a PM ever begins to act like Harper!

  • john
    July 01, 2010 - 19:47

    I'm not a support of Harper, however, do you not think that the Liberals or the NDP would have done the same thing if they were in the position... for their own buddies of course... here's the problem with a lot of us NFLDers, hate to see someone else get ahead. King Danny must be pissed!

  • Owen
    July 01, 2010 - 19:46

    The upside is that we don't have to worry about dear old Fabian running for elected office anytime soon; it's unlikely that self-serving appointees like him will push for senate reform. However, we do have to live with the knowledge that we will pay this guy's wages for the rest of his life or until he's 75. Considering what we know of Mr. Manning's loyalty to our province, that's very sad.

  • Doug
    July 01, 2010 - 19:46

    This makes me sick to my stomach! Manning gets a reward for supporting Harper in his betrayal of Newfoundland and Labrador. How can Manning sleep at night? How can he hold that position and be proud of it? Better yet...where is he going to get the brain cells to perform the duties of a Senator? This position requires some degree of intelligence. What a joke!

  • Leo
    July 01, 2010 - 19:46

    What a fitting way to get even with Danny and Newfoundlanders. This is got to be the ultimate Newfie Joke! .

  • Mike
    July 01, 2010 - 19:45

    I have lost all faith in this so-called democratic society that we live in. No matter who is elected; Conservative, Liberal or NDP; you still end up with the same crap every time. To me, the only Party which is representing its electorate is the Bloc.

    Power Corrupts! Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely!

  • Joanne
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    Well Stevie, if there is anyway in God's creation to stick it to Premier Williams, then you appear to be all over that. However, if you are going to appoint anyone to the Senate, Fab is NOT the way to go. After all, the man loses his seat in the election, blames the Premier and the like for his short comings and then he lands this so-called appointment. Shame on you Stevie!!! I think his brown-nosing paid off in that he landed himself a make work project but I thought these projects were for people wanting to better themselves and their lives and in Fab's case that will never happen because he isn't worth the boat he came in on.

    Anyway Stevie, I highly doubt this is going to get Fab in anyones good books here in NL, particularly Danny's. The man doesn't know what it means to be LOYAL.

  • Graham
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    Funny how Harper called the coalition undemocratic (it is/was fully democratic), and how he himself (Harper) claimed to be the only true gov't because he was elected, and that the others in the coalition weren't deserving because they weren't. Now the tables have turned and here we have Harper appointing a failed leader who couldn't get elected and the failed member (Manning) claiming the coalition was undemocratic.

    Are we just going to forget all this stuff again ? Forget all these games ? Or is someone going to stand up against politicians who have ZERO ethical standards.

    Every provincial capital should put up a monument and on it list all the unethical and illegal activities of politicians, so that it is enshrined in the public domain and not forgotten. Maybe this would help encourage politicians to be honest and ethical.

    Nice smug mug Manning is sporting there. As if to say, skrew all of you.