‘Tis the season to be jolly, so we’re not surprised to hear that Terry Mercer has been leading red-nosed revels in the house of not-so-sober second thought.
The deputy leader of the Senate Liberals has a well-earned rep for throwing lavish Xmas parties, floated by barrels of booze purchased via Terry’s taxpayer-funded hospitality budget.
Mercer, it seems, has learned a few tricks from his colleague, Senator Colin Kenney. The ol’ horndog used to make runs to the LCBO to load up on wine and put it all on his hospitality tab. But he’d only serve the cheapest plonk at committee parties, stashing the vintage flagons for his own private guzzles.
Mercer, a perennial fixture among the Senate’s Top Ten Spenders, somehow manages to rack up hospitality expenses despite the fact he logs less time on the job than any other senator.
He led the senate in truancies in 2015-16, with a .333 attendance average, yet still found time to drop $10,536 in bogus expenses, which Justice Ian Binney’s enquiry obliged him to repay.
Poor Terry has been in a snit since Justin Trudeau kicked him, along with his senate chums, out of the Liberal caucus three years ago.
He’s been bitching about the government ever since, and makes life difficult for them by stalling on senate approval of government initiatives, like C-49, the passenger bill of rights.
None of this has gone unnoticed by party apparatchiks.
Last week, as Mercer knocked back another rum and coke at his Xmas bash, one wag remarked, “If it wasn’t for the Liberal government, he’d be under a bridge in Halifax.”