Harper's reappointment of two failed candidates to the Senate calls for a police investigation.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s quick reappointment to the Senate of two senators who resigned to run for the Conservatives in the recent federal election raises serious questions about whether the senators were guaranteed in advance that they would be reappointed if they lost the election.
Larry Smith and Fabian Manning had resigned from the Senate to run in the May 2 election, but both lost. A third Senate appointee, Josée Verner, is a former Tory cabinet minister who lost her seat to the NDP.
Section 119 of the Criminal Code prohibits anyone from offering, and any MP or senator from accepting, “any money, valuable consideration, office, place or employment in respect of anything done … by them in their official capacity.” And Section 124 prohibits resignations, or appointing people to offices for a reward or profit.