Prime Minister Stephen Harper came to power on a promise of transparency against blatant partisanship and a pledge to handle appointments differently. And now scandals are exposing his choices... from the Senate, to CSIS or SIRC, to his one-time inner circle. With several of the Prime Minister's political picks under scrutiny, we talk about his vetting and appointment process.
Should we be questioning the Prime Minister's judgment and vetting process? - Reporter
Interim Liberal leader Bob Rae and Public Safety Minister Vic Toews duked it out in question period last week... over the embattled former head of the committee that oversees Canada's spy agency. Quebec's anti-corruption unit has issued a warrant for Dr. Arthur Porter's arrest
. He faces charges of fraud. And he isn't the only government appointee facing scandal. Three Senators appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper are being investigated for questionable expenses, as is one Liberal Senator.
In addition, Senator Patrick Brazeau
was kicked out of the Conservative caucus after being charged with assault and sexual assault. And Tom Flanagan
-- formerly one of Prime Minister Harper's closest advisors -- made headlines after questioning whether people who view child pornography deserve to go to jail. These cases have some political analysts and members of the opposition questioning the Prime Minister's judgment, as well as the process by which people are appointed to political positions.
For a sense of how all this is playing out on Parliament Hill, we're joined first by Jennifer Ditchburn
. She is a reporter with the Canadian Press and she was in Ottawa.Should we be questioning the Prime Minister's judgment and vetting process?
For their thoughts on what these scandals say about Prime Minister Harper's judgment, we're joined by Dean Del Mastro
. He is the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and the Parliamentary Secretary to The Prime Minister. He is in Peterborough, Ontario. And Charlie Angus
is the NDP's critic for Ethics and Government Accountability. He's in Ottawa.
This segment was produced by The Current's
Liz Hoath and Josh Bloch.
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