Prime Minister Paul Martin says the Liberal Party is going to pay more than $1 million to taxpayers as restitution for the ill-gotten gains the party received as result of the Sponsorship Scandal.
It’s a good move and one the National Citizens Coalition has been urging him to do for months.
But it’s not enough, because this scandal was always about more than just wasted money and kickbacks.
What restitution, for instance, can the Liberals offer to make up for the fact that they essentially won elections using dirty money?
What restitution can the Liberals offer to make up for the fact that their antics have fueled separatist feeling in Quebec?
What restitution can the Liberals offer to make up for the fact that thanks to this scandal, Canadian voters are more cynical about politics than ever?
In short, the damage the Liberal Party has done, cannot be undone simply by writing a cheque.
And unfortunately for the country, writing cheques is the only thing the Liberals are good at.