Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Wright didn't just dash off a cheque to Duffy in a moment of sentimental weakness, to dry Duffy's tears on a sad February day.
Harper's chief of staff actually went through a negotiation with Harper's former legal counsel to give Harper's best media buddy a legal deal for $90K:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s former special counsel and legal adviser worked on the legal deal between Nigel Wright and Sen. Mike Duffy’s lawyer that called for Wright to help Duffy pay off $90,000 in invalid expense claims, CTV News has learned.But none of them told Harper anything about it. Oh, sure.
Despite Perrin's carefully phrased denial, I just don't believe Harper's sanctimonious Sgt. Schultz 'I know nothing NOTHING' defense, and neither does anyone else.
Canadian Press reports on what happened today during Question Period:
"They think we're fools," said Francoise Boivin of the NDP. "They're trying to make us believe that (Harper) knew nothing."
Complained New Democrat Nathan Cullen: "These guys will not be accountable."
Charlie Angus, the New Democrat who has been worrying at the issue since it began, called it "abuse of the public trust."
The government "has lost its moral compass," boomed Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau. "The prime minister is in this up to his neck."
Liberal colleague Ralph Goodale called it "an insidious scheme."
Through it all, Baird maintained an uncharacteristic calm, glancing periodically at his notes and insisting Harper only knew of the payment to Duffy when it became public last week.
The minister, who can be a vitriolic opponent, never raised his voice. "I can't be any more clear," he said repeatedly.
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hi Cathie...great post, so concise and yet so devastating. I'm going to carry it around in my pocket to cheer me up when I get down. Although these days I have the opposite problem, I'm flying so high with all this good news I have to make sure I avoid tall buildings. What have I done to deserve this? I am so unworthy... :)
I take no joy in any of this, I warned for years that it was Harper's penchant for abuse of power scandals that made him fundamentally different and more dangerous than anyone else, and to see it being proven accurate yet again here only fills me with rage and disgust, and not just for Harper and company either but also for those that blithely said Liberal Tory same old story and let this man gain the PMO in the first place. Since I am not a progressive by the current definition but am simply a member of the largest voting block the centrist swing/unaligned middle I am free to place responsibility and accountability wherever I believe it belongs, and sorry to say that Harper is able to do what he is doing now only because it suited certain so called progressives to let him win instead of risking their electoral competition a chance to recover.
I know I say this over and over Cathie, but it is truly what I see, how I feel, and I am not going to pretend otherwise. I started warning about just how dangerous in terms of ignoring the law and abusing power solely to gain/hold power Harper was once he showed his true colours in the Grewal fraud, as I am sure you remember me going on about for so long afterwards despite his ability to bury it then. I pointed out then that any LOO that would personally vouch for the authenticity, accuracy, and completeness of recordings that supposedly proved criminal behaviour by Ministers of the Crown only to have obvious edits that when undone showed the exact opposite was true showed a man who cared nothing for the basic rule of law and that his scandals as a PM would be far worse than typical corruption money scandals but fundamental abuse of power scandals, and this one is clearly one of those for all that there is a 90 thousand dollar amount involved.
Personally I find it beyond any believability that Harper was unaware of this, because for a CoS to take this action would be to protect not a Senator but his boss, and I don't see any CoS taking this kind of insane political risk without confirming it first with the boss, and given the way his resignation was worded it seems clear that Harper was involved/informed despite what Baird was instructed to tell in the House. This scandal is not about the Senate, it is about the PM and his office, their attitudes and actions, and what was it that Duffy knew/had that was seen as so dangerous that something this risky had to be done, because it clearly was more than just because Harper appointed Duffy, there was no similar action taken for either Brazeau nor (and more significantly) Wallen. At this point the Senate is a secondary and far less important scandal, and it is important that it does not become the distraction Harper so desperately wants and needs it to be.
This is about Harper. his judgment, his actions, and his complete disregard for the rule of law that governs his Office, both as PM and even more basically as an MP. That must never be lost sight of.