OTTAWA –A Montreal engineering firm landed a federal stimulus contract while a top Tory organizer and senator in Quebec was on its payroll, The Canadian Press has learned.
Senator Leo Housakos was hired to BPR's executive team a week before he was appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to the Senate last December. The company won a $1.4 million contract as part of a consortium to study the future of Montreal's aging Champlain Bridge less than a year later.
Housakos and BPR said the senator only worked for a subsidiary of BPR, and had no involvement in the contract.
The bolding in the above above is mine because, as the Star piece notes:
But Housakos' declarations to the Senate ethics commissioner this year listed his position at both the parent firm and subsidiary. His bio on his Senate website said he was BPR's vice-president of business development, until it was removed last week after The Canadian Press began making inquiries.
Here is Mr. Housakos updated bio, and below is a screen-shot of the page as it appeared on October 14th, before the information re BPR Engineering had been scrubbed from it:
I am reminded of the lines from a play:
Out, damn'd spot! out, I say!—One; two: why, then't is time to do't.—Hell is murky.—Fie, my lord, fie, a soldier, and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our pow'r to accompt?
Yeah, that's how they spell stuff in the play. The author was a notorious semi-literate.