The recent statement by a Liberal Senator Grant Mitchell, who warns unless the Canadian taxpayer ponies up more dough to supplement their pensions, that Liberal politicians could be open to bribery to supplement their incomes.
I say Liberal politicians exclusively, because lets face, what other politician would state this, unless Liberal Senator Grant felt his own Liberal party was untrustworthy with the public purse?
This certainly says it all about Liberals, at least historically, when one of their own states to the world that if Canadian Taxpayers do not pay us large sums of cash, Liberals will look to other ways to supplement their incomes, by hook or by crook.
Is this a warning of things to come if self entitlements by a Liberal member screams out to all Canadians that all Liberals are predisposed to bribery.
Of course Canadians have been treated first hand to provincial Liberals and corruption and bribery with the billion dollar Basi–Virk BC Rail corruption fiasco and inaction by the British Columbia Liberals is just one example. I wonder if an orchard of bad apples fall far from the Liberal tree.
One wonders if the Basi-Virk duo were paid a more lucrative pension if they would have had to resort to crime?
Imagine if you will, if Joe average punch clock were to tell his employer that unless their salary or pension was increased, they would resort to bribes to make up for their meager paycheque. I wonder how many would soon be booted off the company property?
The average Canadian has to make do with their own paycheque, and live within their means. The average Canadian also does not have to resort to corruption and criminal acts to supplement their income.
If the Liberals feel they are susceptible to bribes, it is high time to place Liberals and any politician in the same category police officers and other personnel paid by the taxpayer, by mandating they undergo a thorough and extensive psychoanalysis, including a polygraph (lie detector) testing to determine if the potential candidate who wishes to hold public office has any past or present ethical and criminal disclosures that would prevent the applicant from being considered for employment.
While not 100% effective, at least taxpayers would then have the satisfaction that those who wish to hold political office have passed these battery of tests and have Canadians best interests at heart. Prospective political or public office candidates who fail the psychoanalysis, and polygraph (lie detector) testing would be weeded out from ever holding any public office.
If it is good enough for police and other whose job is looking after the public trust to undergo, it certainly make perfect sense to ensure any public official undergo the same testing, especially when it comes to their official role as protector of our tax dollars.
Imagine, if psychoanalysis, and lie detector testing had been a mandatory process a decade or so ago how many MPs, Senators or provincial politicians of all political stripes, including Mayors and Councillors would be sitting in any public office today?