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Thursday, May 23, 2013 

Saskatchewan Senator David Tkachuk Has Long History With Corrupt Conservative Governments ...

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In the dying days of the corrupt Conservative administration of Brian Mulroney, David Tkachuk was named as a senator from the province of Saskatchewan. A patronage reward to the undemocratic, unelected Senate was thanks for the many years he served as Principle Secretary to Saskatchewan's Conservative Premier Grant Devine. 

For those who need a reminder, Grant Devine oversaw one of the most corrupt governments in Canadian history. Grant Devine was premier of Saskatchewan for two terms, holding power from 1982- 1991:

"Saskatchewan Tories in Fraud Scandal
In what is easily the biggest political scandal in Saskatchewan's history, no fewer than 12 members of Devine's government - which was swept out of office in 1991 after nine years in power - have been charged in relation to a scheme that defrauded taxpayers of more than $837,000."

While David Tkachuk was never charged for any involvement in the crimes of the Devine administration, it seems that old Conservative habits are hard to change.

Fast forward to 2013 where we find the good Senator involved in a whitewash of the official audit of Senator Mike Duffy's expenses. Yes ... old habits do die hard for old, corrupt Conservatives.

-CTV News ...  
"The order to sanitize an audit of Sen. Mike Duffy’s expenses came from two key Conservatives on the Senate’s internal economy committee: chair David Tkachuk and Carolyn Stewart Olsen, CTV News has learned."

-CBC has more ...
"Letters between Senator Mike Duffy and Senator David Tkachuk, head of the committee looking into his expenses, reveal that Duffy was at times an active participant in the investigation that the committee conducted on him. "

-Canada.com has more ... 
"Tkachuk, chairman of the Senate’s internal economy committee, told Postmedia News Harper’s office got in touch with him asking about the audit process — and wondering when the final report from auditors would be made public.“This was a political problem that was becoming worse because it was spinning out of control,” Tkachuk said from his home in Saskatchewan where he is recovering from surgery."

-Even more from CBC ... 
"Key paragraphs removed from report tabled in Senate by Conservative Senators Tkachuk and Carolyn Stewart Olsen"


"Tkachuk, Devine said, seemed to take everything in stride.  “He does what he’s asked to do,” Devine said. “You could count on him. He wasn’t the kind of guy who would look for excuses.”
Feb - 2013

Great stuff, Dog. Duffy says he won't quit and will fight this. I figure he'll be going after Tkachuk on the laundered report.

Duffy tells the people I talk to that the stuff he's being pilloried over is virtually universal in the Red Chamber. We'll see.

They are moving to shut Duffy down, suspending his right to sit in the Senate and his pay, ultimately leading to his ouster. If, as it appears, he threatens them it would be logical that they would try to ostracize him from the political sphere. We'll see.

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