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How one Conservative became an NDP-er.

The thin veneer of Conservative ethics cracks under the weight of the NDP's integrity.

From: Stephan Hoppe
Sent: February 25, 2013 12:21 PM
To: Van Kesteren, Dave - M.P. (M.P. Chatham-Kent Essex)
Subject: Mike Duffy

Hi Dave:

I'll try to keep this short and sweet. I'm a 46-year-old professional, a lifelong conservative, and yes, I'm also a fan of Stephen Harper. I've contributed to the Conservative party in the past so you should be able to find my name somewhere. Here's my problem: this latest fraud committed by Mike Duffy has really shaken my faith in Canadian politics. I'm sick of the corruption. It's almost normalized behaviour now! I listened to Duffy's ridiculous comments on CBC Radio the other day; he said he'd "discussed the matter "with Heather"" and that "the expense forms were vague" and now "he's going to repay" the amount he defrauded?! It's NOT ENOUGH. I don't want Duffy shot, but he needs to come clean and be punished sufficiently so that it serves as a real disincentive other senators and MPs to commit little frauds of their own.

Here's an example that I'm told you may be able to relate to. When Hyundai misstated their mileage claims and then were penalized by being forced to supply rebates to those who had purchased Hyundais based on the fudged number, I think that the penalties/rebates did two things: first they served as incentive for Hyundai and other companies not to repeat the tactic. But more importantly, they went a long way towards restoring some integrity to Hyundai. the penalty somewhat restored Hyundai's tarnished image.

The growing general perception in my circle of friends is that the only federal party with any measure of integrity left these days is the NDP. (or rather they are the least corrupt of the bunch) I want only to vote for the party that demonstrates ethics, accountability and integrity. Don't make me vote NDP at the next election.

And I do not need nor expect a response.

Sincerely,

Stephan Hoppe

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From: Van Kesteren, Dave - M.P.
Date: Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 1:21 PM
Subject: RE: Mike Duffy
To: Stephan Hoppe

Dear Mr. Hoppe,

On behalf of Dave Van Kesteren I acknowledge receipt of your email. Your comments regarding Senator Mike Duffy will be brought to his attention.

Thank you for writing to your Member of Parliament.

Sincerely,

Jill Anne Declare
Legislative Assistant/Ottawa Office Manager
Dave Van Kesteren, M.P. --Chatham-Kent-Essex
613-992-2612

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From: Stephan Hoppe
Date: Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 8:20 AM
Subject: Re: Mike Duffy
To: dave.vankesteren@parl.gc.ca
Cc: charlie.angus@parl.gc.ca (he's the NDP ethics critic)

Hello:

Here is the most recent activity on this issue since I first raised my concerns to you:

Senate agrees to new housing expense rules after Mike Duffy’s P.E.I. home scandal

I was and am much less interested in Senate expense account reform than I am in seeing Duffy punished for his fraud.

It's simply not enough that he pay back the money and they only tighten the expense rules afterwards.

I'm sure I don't need to give you yet another example but if I go downtown to Kesteren's office in downtown Chatham (hopefully he's at least showing up there on occasion) and I steal some money from his wallet when he isn't looking, will it be sufficient afterwards to simply pay him back and then him keep an eye on me the next time I pay him a visit?

I attach for you the NDP Policy guide. Please consider page 23. I notice that it explores concepts seemingly missing from Conservative party doctrine.

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From: Stephan Hoppe
Date: Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 8:44 AM
Subject: Re: Mike Duffy
To: dave.vankesteren@parl.gc.ca
Cc: charlie.angus@parl.gc.ca

(This time with NDP policy guide attached.)

Oops! I forgot to attach the guide. Man, if I had a nickel for every time I've forgotten an attachment, I'd have about 1/40th of how much Mike Duffy stole! :-)

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"And that's it! Now, I'm an NDP-er. It doesn't feel too great. There are Birkenstocks and incense everywhere - but at least they seem honest and ethical (so far.)"

How one Conservative became an NDP-er.

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