Saturday April 11, 2015
Editorial cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Saturday April 11, 2015
Mike Duffy trial highlights Stephen Harper’s use of makeup artist
The prime minister might have had his makeup done alongside Sen. Mike Duffy in 2010 on one of their many appearances together, but a government source says the taxpayer didn’t pick up the tab for that type of service.
Still, one month earlier, taxpayers did foot the bill for Stephen Harper’s makeup artist to travel overseas for the 65th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands.
The fact that Harper and Duffy employed the services of the same makeup artist surfaced in court earlier this week.
Duffy, a former Conservative, is facing 31 charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery. Some of those charges involve allegedly illegal Senate contracts, including one given to local makeup artist Jacqueline Lambert.
Defence lawyer Donald Bayne said Tuesday that Duffy had his makeup done for a G8/G20 national youth caucus event in 2010, and that Harper received the same service that day.
“The $300 (contract) paid not only Sen. Duffy’s perfectly standard makeup for television — it’s always done — but Ms. Lambert made up the prime minister of Canada,” Bayne said in court.
“There’s no way the G8 conference was not validly related to Sen. Duffy’s public business.” (Source: Toronto Star)
Posted to National Newswatch.