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Saturday, February 07, 2015

Duffster puff 

I know everyone is hyping the Duffy trial, but I think its likely going to be a big pile of nothing.
For the life of me, I cannot see how Harper will be tainted by this. Basically, Harper and his aides can argue that they did the right thing for Canadians by firing Duffy and Wallin as soon as their misdeeds were revealed.
Yes, of course, it makes no sense at all:
Defence lawyer Donald Bayne made much of the fact Mr. Duffy is charged with bribery in connection with the $90,000 he received from Mr. Wright, while the former Harper aide was not charged for providing the money.
“I am sure that I am not the only Canadian who will now wonder openly how what was not a crime or a bribe when Nigel Wright paid it on his own initiative became, however, mysteriously, a crime or bribe when received by Senator Duffy,” the lawyer said. “The evidence will show that Senator Duffy did not want to participate in Nigel Wright’s and the PMO’s repayment scenario, which they concocted for purely political purposes.”
But conveniently, Wright isn't on trial for anything.
So whether Harper knew or approved the payment in advance is not actually relevant to Duffy receiving it.
Given the long reach of the Harper PMO, there is no reason why anybody would want to testify to this effect except maybe Duffy himself -- and he would have done the Big Reveal already if he had had any evidence.

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All we can hope is that Duffy will try to redeem his career and life in media and politics by taking the high road and telling Canadians the truth about Harper and his cabal of Cons.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:09 pm  

Yes, that would be nice.

By Blogger Cathie from Canada, at 10:03 pm  

Bottom line is that Duffy was caught with his hand in the cookie jar and was forced to repay money to the taxpayers. I'll take that over brown envelopes full of taxpayer's cash going to the supporter of any party, any day. I have never been able to figure out just what it is that Nigel Wright was to expect from Duffy in return for the $90K loan. As a Senator, Duffy was not in any position to offer Wright anything that his Wright's friend and boss, Harper, could not provide him if so inclined. Did the Tory's conduct this return of money in a manner which was outside of proper rules of conduct? The trial will determine this, I suspect. But for anyone to think that Harper is going to take a hit on having stolen dollars put back into the treasury, I think that's a large stretch. Keep in mind that it was Duffy who broke the law and stole our money.....Harper has broken no laws, as far as we know to this point.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:16 am  

Bottom line is that Duffy was caught with his hand in the cookie jar and was forced to repay money to the taxpayers. I'll take that over brown envelopes full of taxpayer's cash going to the supporter of any party, any day. I have never been able to figure out just what it is that Nigel Wright was to expect from Duffy in return for the $90K loan. As a Senator, Duffy was not in any position to offer Wright anything that Wright's friend and boss, Harper, could not provide him if so inclined. Did the Tory's conduct this return of money in a manner which was outside of proper rules of conduct? The trial will determine this, I suspect. But for anyone to think that Harper is going to take a hit on having stolen dollars put back into the treasury, I think that's a large stretch. Keep in mind that it was Duffy who broke the law and stole our money.....Harper has broken no laws, as far as we know to this point.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:18 am  

Yes, I agree -- I cannot understand why Wright was so helpful to Duffy, though events were moving quickly. Perhaps it was just Ottawa's hothouse atmosphere but the PMO seemed to think they could keep a lid on it if the money was repaid.

By Blogger Cathie from Canada, at 12:28 pm  

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