|Disgraced senator Don Meredith.......and the guy who appointed him|
Yes, the toxic mix of fundamentalist religion with conservative political power has seemingly produced more gross behaviour.
It's now clear that Stephen Harper has dangerously bad judgment, especially when it comes to appointing people to positions of power.
One could almost suggest that Harper is so dangerous that our country must consider it an urgent national interest to remove him from office before any more people like this get rewarded:
- Senator Mike Duffy
- Senator Pamela Wallin
- Senator Patrick Brazeau
- Dean Del Mastro, Harper's former parliamentary secretary and MP for Peterborough who resigned his seat in disgrace after being found guilty.
- Peter Penashue, former senior Conservative Cabinet Minister
- Bruce Carson, former Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister
- Arthur Porter, former Chair of the Security Intelligence Review Committee
- Saulie Zajdel, former Conservative candidate and Ministerial advisor
- and now we can add one more, Don Meredith, former Conservative candidate appointed to the Senate.
An interesting aside: Meredith was a fervent opponent of LGBT equality (strange considering Harper appointed him to be the Toronto Centre candidate in 2008. It was almost as if Harper was trying to shove an anti-gay candidate down the throats a very progressive riding with the country's largest LGBT community.)
It should also be noted that Meredith spoke out in the Senate against Bill C-279, the federal trans rights bill, saying the following about it:
"Certainly not all transgendered people are sexual deviants, but it cannot be ignored that there are certain individuals who could use this proposed legislation to prey on society's most vulnerable - our youth..."
"It is offensive that people would even consider putting women and children at risk unnecessarily. If passage of this bill results in the potential for exposure to harm of even one woman or child, that is one woman or child too many. I urge honourable senators to join me in voting against Bill C-279."