A Conservative senator earmarked as one of the Senate's top spenders (external - login to view) holds a master’s degree from a school whose phone number directs calls to a customer helpline for a website that sells iPads and printers.
Senator Don Meredith, a Toronto-area Pentecostal pastor, has a master's degree in religious studies from California State Christian University (CSCU) – an unaccredited and unregulated private institution that has shifted addresses at least four times within the last 10 years.
It’s an academic claim that has caught the attention of the office of the top Tory in the Senate and triggered a request for Meredith to provide details of his credentials, more than three years after his appointment to the red chamber by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Meredith also says he has an honorary doctorate from an association of Christian counsellors that has no standing as a degree-granting school. Since receiving this honorary doctorate, Meredith frequently signs his newsletters and press releases (external - login to view) as “The Honourable Dr. Don Meredith."
The Huffington Post Canada has learned that the leader of the government in the Senate, Senator Claude Carignan, asked Meredith about his credentials in March but Meredith's office refused to produce records of the degrees he lists in his online Senate biography. (external - login to view)
Carignan would not comment on questions about Meredith’s degrees, citing private “caucus management” reasons.
"But when someone tells you they are a doctor in something, well, only doctors can say they are doctors,” he said.
Tory Senator Don Meredith Touts Degrees From Unaccredited Schools (external - login to view)