Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable
senators, two nights ago I viewed the information about the
Senate on the New Democratic Party of Canada website and,
frankly, I was appalled. The information there was
misleading, inaccurate, opinionated, full of innuendo and
lacking in substance. A significant example of the
inaccurate and misleading information on their website is
the assertion: "The senators' right to lobby for the
companies they work for and the investments that they hold
is enshrined in the rules of the Senate."
The NDP website neglects to state that
the Conflict of Interest Code for Senators requires senators
to declare any conflict of interest in matters for ourselves
or family members before we can participate in a debate on
the matter. The NDP website also neglects to mention that
the code allows senators to abstain but not to vote on such
matters. Had they included these and other sections of the
code, it would be clear that their assertion is wrong.
The NDP website claims that the Senate
is outdated, ineffective and elitist, but just because the
NDP say it is so does not mean it is true. Where is the
evidence that this is true? Where are the facts, studies,
research or reports that support the NDP assertions? Perhaps
there is some truth to their assertions, but how can one
find out how much truth is in their claims when the NDP
website does not post any references or links to scholarly
documents supporting their opinion? Honourable senators, how
can anyone believe them when the information on the Senate
and individual senators is so obviously opinionated, poorly
presented, unsubstantiated, disrespectful and, even worse,
sometimes outright wrong.
I am embarrassed to think that Mr.
Layton and members of the NDP would post such information —
information that is wrong and lacking in intellectual
breadth and depth. A student handing in this type of
information as a term paper would receive a failing grade.
Honourable senators, in my opinion,
the information about the Senate and individual senators
posted on the NDP website should be relegated to the "Hall
of Shame" because it is shameful to pretend their subjective
opinions are the same as objective evaluations of a
substantial body of facts.
To conclude, honourable senators, if I
had a corporate sponsor, I would be glad to join the 11
senators depicted on the NDP website. We could be the dirty
dozen of the Senate who roll up our sleeves and get dirty
doing our work. The NDP of Canada, however, through their
website, have gotten dirty by slinging mud at fellow