OTTAWA – Prime Minister Harper states that he is upset. “Upset at some parliamentarians and at the conduct of some in my office”, stated Harper. “We have taken unprecedented action to clean up the government… installing the toughest legislation in history,” added the PM. Reading from a prepared script, the Prime Minister took on the issues of Senate and Parliamentary improper conduct.
Prime Minister Harper Upset
“Canada now has one of the most accountable and transparent systems of government in the whole world,” claimed Harper. “It is something we can never take for granted”.
“No government is perfect,” said Harper. “We have to make a culture of responsibility and accountability”.
“We are the caucus who finally bite the bullet on the MP Pension Plan,” Harper added.
The Prime Minister, in addressing his caucus says that “Whoever wants to use public office for their own benefit should make other plans, or better yet leave this room”.
On the Senate, Harper said, “I did not get into politics to defend the Senate”. Harper says his efforts were opposed by the Liberals and New Democrats.
“We have heard Canadians tell us to continue our efforts,” stated Harper. “Canadians want the Senate to change”.
Prime Minister Harper did not outline specifics on what he plans to do in the PMO or within caucus to prevent future problems.
There was no apology to Canadians from Harper.