Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Writing Cheques Not Enough

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.

1 comment:

Alf Randall said...

The money they are so graciously paying back is in fact taxpayer money, our money, that the party has recieved from the government.

I think they should be paying the $80 million or so that it cost for the Gomery Inquiry. And if they go bankrupt so be it.