Welcome Dimitri Soudas, Steve’s one time comm. director, campaign tactician, faithful dog since their Reform days, and as of Monday, Steve’s former executive director of the Con Party of Canada after only four months on the job for using his exec position and the Cons CIMS database to try to shoehorn his fiancée Con MP Eve Adams onto an unwilling riding association. Then when the 10-year Con regional director Wally Butts objected to Eve-meddling, Soudas fired him.
Ironically, Soudas had to be shoehorned into the Con Party exec job himself by Steve, “over the protests of cabinet ministers and national council members.”
Seems like only yesterday that Soudas was hiding out for days from HoC bailiffs looking to serve him with a summons to appear before the Ethics Committee regarding allegations of “systematic political interference.” Sadly, his eventual appearance before that committee in 2010 was aborted by a fire alarm going off just as he was scheduled to appear.
This time there was no fire alarm. It all happened so quickly on Sunday there wasn’t even time for Pierre Poilievre to go on national TV to explain to us that Soudas was actually a hero for saving taxpayer money by personally running Eve’s campaign out of the CPC exec director’s office . . . or something . . . like he did after Nigel Wright’s firing/departure.
Now it’s true that, unlike other Perps, Soudas hasn’t been accused or convicted of bribing anyone or defrauding the government of millions of dollars or covering up election fraud or fiddling Senate audits or campaign expenses, but we can’t have party honchos foisting girlfriends on unwilling local riding associations and firing people who object.
On Saturday Soudas’ twitter feed featured a picture: “A Soviet spy laughs at his executioner in Finland, 1942.” Hmm . . . He’ll be back inside the ever diminishing cadre of Steve’s personal firewall soon enough I’ll bet.
So this tenth Parade of Perps with Perks marks the one year anniversary since I started collecting them.
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Special anniversary boxed set. OK, that didn’t work so here’s the regular bargain bin boxed set.