Skip to comments.Liberal leadership allowed ‘legally incompetent’ senator to vote months after dementia diagnosis
Posted on 08/29/2012 11:11:49 AM PDT by Loyalist
OTTAWA The Liberal leadership in the Senate allowed a veteran senator to vote on legislation and spend public dollars for four months after she was diagnosed with dementia and declared legally incompetent.
Sen. Joyce Fairbairn regularly attended Senate sittings and voted along party lines before the Upper Chamber rose for the summer at the end of June.
Fairbairn was diagnosed with dementia of the Alzheimers type by her geriatric psychiatrist in February, according to a letter sent to Senate officials by her niece, Patricia McCullagh.
It is unclear when the Liberals knew about the diagnosis, but by April, the top aide to Liberal Senate leader James Cowan had co-signed a declaration that Fairbairn was legally incompetent, according to a letter from McCullagh, obtained by Postmedia News.
McCullagh, Fairbairns closest relative, wrote to the Clerk of the Senate Gary OBrien in August to warn of the senators worsening health, copying the letter to Cowan and Senate Speaker Noel Kinsella.
As you know, Sen. Fairbairn has dementia of the Alzheimers type, McCullagh wrote.
She has declined significantly over the past year and is no longer able to look after herself, having had 24-hour, full-time care for the past 18 months.
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Initially, I was thinking it was OUR Senate, and they were referring to Frank Lautenberg.
Since no one read Obamacare before it was voted on, how could anyone say they understood the legislation?
But one that wasn't: Strom Thurmond. Dude was gone by the time they wheeled him back home.
Boy, those Canadians are really different from us, huh??
Here in the Good Ol’ U. S. of A. Congress, a diagnosis of ‘dementia’ is considered a resume enhancer...
Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s US Senator Quentin Burdik (D-ND) was almost completely senile and it was revealed his staffers were voting for him. There was almost no outrage from the population of North Dakota and the press buried the story.
Voting along Party lines in Canada would be caused by dementia?
We better check out Harry and Nancy to see if they got Dementia!!
Don't you need a BRAIN for that thou??
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