David Dingwall, a former Liberal cabinet minister and possibly the winner of the 2005 Silliest Name Award, has resigned as president of the Royal Canadian Mint after being caught up in an imbroglio over expenses he rang up last year.
The mint...appears to have picked up a $1,400 tab for Dingwall's membership in an Ottawa-area golf club, and $1,500 in membership fees in the Nova Scotia barristers' society.So...I'm saving up enough money to try to pay for next semester's tuition, and this jerk takes my tax money and spends it on his golf memberships? Here's an idea, Dingbat: OFFICE EXPENSES ARE THOSE THAT ARE NECESSARY FOR THE RUNNING OF YOUR OFFICE. Now that we've got that cleared up, let's take a jaunt down memory lane to remind us of the high moral character of this fellow:
The golf membership was at the Rivermead club, just across the Ottawa River in Aylmer, Que., a favourite hangout for the capital's political and business elite.
The documents also show the mint picked up $5,900 in operating expenses for a car leased on behalf of Dingwall.
Dingwall, who served in cabinet under Jean Chretien, has faced other controversies since he was retired from politics by his Novas Scotia constituents who turned him out of office in 1997....It was reported in July that a Cape Breton business development group paid Dingwall $20,000 in money it had obtained from the federal government's Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. Part of the money was apparently paid for Dingwall to lobby ACOA -- an agency he once oversaw as a cabinet minister -- for even more money on behalf of the business group.
Yeah, this comes on the heels of finding out he 'failed' to register as a lobbyist for a Pharmaceutical company based in Toronto. What a guy.