Monday, October 19, 2009

More On Senator Leo Housakos And BPR Engineering

From today's Toronto Star:

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.


Ti-Guy said...

I see Leo Housakos is sporting square-framed glasses...another sign of evil, first manifested by Sandra Buckler and Ezra Levant.

Jay said...

A lot of conservatives wear those awful glasses. They are quintessentialy conservative, cheap looking and gives the appearance of intelligence. Key word is appearance. Also referred to as the stuffy old crow look.

Ti-Guy said...

They are quintessentialy conservative, cheap looking and gives the appearance of intelligence.

I don't know about cheap-looking but that's what do try to project; intelligence and seriousness among people engaged mostly in trivial activities that require guile more than intelligence: PR execs, real estate agents, PA's, etc.

Terry 1 said...

Nice catch on the screen shot...that should shut Baird up.......or make him scream more

Maria said...

you know that engineering department of Montreal is always wearing dinner jacket for their company dress code.