For days Andrew Scheer was able to dodge reporters, who wanted to ask him about this potentially explosive, Con on Con probe.
The Conservative governing body is asking why the expenses filed to it by the office of former leader Andrew Scheer are roughly $700,000 over their usual amount.
As well as dodging Stephen Harper who is said to be absolutely furious, especially since Scheer is going to be Con leader for longer than he or anyone expected.
So I was glad to see that someone finally tracked down the Ugly American, in an airport, and forced him to explain himself.
Andrew Scheer makes his first public comments on why his office expense went from $200K to almost ONE MILLION DOLLARS - a SEVEN HUNDRED THOUSAND increase from the previous year!#cdnpoli #cpc #cpcldr2020 #cpcldr pic.twitter.com/HJYKkouV7Y— G.T. Lem (@gtlem) December 21, 2019
Although I have to say after listening to that, and taking a closer look at what he said:
I can just tell you that all the travel I did in the summer, that was partisan in nature. We did not charge the taxpayer, we charged to the party funds, which is what Justin Trudeau should’ve done for his summer too,” Scheer told CTV’s Kevin Gallagher at the Ottawa International Airport.
I'm not buying his story for all sorts of reasons:
(1) Nowhere does Scheer say that all the money was used for travel. Didn't they already have a generous travel budget? How many flights did they need?
And I'm curious, was any of it used to fund third party groups, like those supported by the Manning Centre?
(2) Why does Scheer insist on trying to drag Trudeau into this affair? When he should know the Prime Minister can't travel on a commercial airliner for security reasons. Is he so obsessed with Trudeau he just can't restrain himself?
(3) Does he not know that tax payer's ARE on the hook since donors receive a 75% rebate for political donations. We know Scheer like most Cons is not a Great Economist Leader, but could he be THAT ignorant?
(4) Anything Scheer says about expenses must be treated with extreme caution since he has been in trouble before, for stretching the truth.
Conservative leadership candidate Andrew Scheer exaggerated a cute story of sleeping at his parents’ home while working in Ottawa, his office said Monday after The Huffington Post Canada raised questions about potential discrepancies in his expense claims.
For he was, is, and always will be a serial liar...
Which leads to another obvious question:
Why knowing that Scheer is such a grubby lying Con did the caucus agree to let him stay on as leader?
And the answer, as some Cons who were at that fateful caucus meeting told the Hill Times, couldn't be more disturbing.
Some Conservative MPs are disappointed that Mr. Scheer’s supporters didn’t leave any time for questions about why the leader accepted a tuition-fee subsidy from the party.
“There just seemed to be this mob mentality amongst Members who were going into essentially a frenzy, expressing their support and confidence in him,” said a second Conservative MP in a not-for-attribution interview.
For it suggests that the religious fanatics in the Con caucus are a growing threat.
Campaign Life Coalition — Canada’s biggest anti-abortion group — says that 46 out of the 121-member Conservative caucus are pro-life, which amounts to almost 40 per cent of the party’s sitting MPs.
RightNow, another anti-abortion group, goes further. It contends that 68 members of the Conservative caucus are pro-life — more than half the MPs.
And that the Cons should probably now be known as the Party of God.
But the good news is that those grim statistics practically guarantee that the Cons will NEVER change. And it sets up a confrontation between the religious fanatics and the Red Tories that will hopefully blow the Cons apart.
I know, I know, it's not going to be pleasant having to put up with Andrew Scheer for almost another whole year.
But watching the other Cons go after that poor loser...
Should make it a whole lot easier....