According to Christie Blatchford, Canadians apparently should revere Nigel Wright and his actions in the Senate Expenses mess.
I don’t believe that Mr. Wright was acting in a knowingly criminal manner – I have always thought that he believed firmly that he was acting within the bounds of his job and responsibilities.
However, having said that, Ms. Blatchford’s analysis misses a few things.
First, Mr. Wright was smack in the midst of a conspiracy to cover things up when there was a looming audit that was almost guaranteed to generate a lot of bad press.
Second, based on the (Read more…)
So, apparently the PMO has “found” a bunch of e-mails that they previous claimed had been deleted.
The emails of Stephen Harper’s former legal advisor were not deleted when he left the Prime Minister’s Office, according to a letter sent from the Privy Council Office (PCO) to the RCMP.
Benjamin Perrin, who was named in RCMP documents last week as a player in the deal between Nigel Wright and Mike Duffy, left the PMO in late March.
The letter released Sunday night states when Perrin left in March, the PCO said they deleted his emails records as part (Read more…)
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Well he wasn't in the House of Commons today to answer any questions about the Senate scandal. No doubt recovering from his latest attempt to try to improve his image by posing as a man of the people. Which can't be easy when you're a millionaire. And you have to go to a football game to try to make yourself look popular. But of course, it's not hard to understand why Stephen Harper is so afraid of saying anything eh?Not when he's caught between a rock and a hard place. Read more »
This and that for your Sunday reading.
- Ellen Roseman writes about the need to recognize the value of public services – and to ensure that they’re properly funded: Canadians value their high-quality public services, such as education and health care. Many understand that public services democratize consumption and help tame the market forces leading to income inequality.
Yet they still fall prey to the false promises of politicians who say tax cuts won’t change anything and may even improve their lives. In the book, economist Hugh Mackenzie urges readers to think their way through the day, making a note (Read more…)
New documents released by the RCMP suggest that the Senate expenses scandal is closing in on Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives.
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Well he wasn't in the House of Commons today. He was out in Lac Megantic handing out a $95 million cheque. But he couldn't run away from the questions about another cheque. The one he was apparently prepared to write Mike Duffy to paper over a budding scandal with party funds.The one that can be boiled down to this question: who do you believe Stephen Harper or the police? Read more »
At worst, he personally ordered it done and chose the people who executed the plan. At the very least, he fostered an attitude within the party [...], chose the managers of the people who committed these crimes and completely and utterly failed to exercise any oversight, supervision or leadership. In the end, it doesn’t really […]
After watching the Prime Minister’s ongoing repetitive and wholly unconvincing responses to Thomas Mulcair’s incisive questions during Question Period, and after reading the latest details of the RCMP investigation into the scandal engulfing his government, I couldn’t help but wonder if Stephen Harper, as a youngster, was unduly influenced by Hogan’s Heroes and perhaps identified with the always charming Sgt Schultz:
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Toronto City Hall. Actual city halls in Canada’s largest city may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Rob Ford, Doug Ford, Kory Teneycke and Ezra Levant.
Does anyone seriously believe Sun News Network cancelled Ford Nation after its inaugural show on Monday because of Rob and Doug Ford’s “relative inexperience with the medium”?
Lots of people will accept at face value this claim about the loony-right-wing cable channel’s show starring the Ford Brothers, along with the equally fatuous suggestion “the brutal economics of cable TV” played a role. After all, both ideas come from no less an august source (Read more…)
Is it too early/too bold to predict that because of today’s RCMP revelations/allegations that multiple members of the Prime Minister’s Office and top Conservative Senators conspired to whitewash the Mike Duffy report, it may have assured the Liberal Party wins the Brandon-Souris byelection on Monday – a riding it has only won once in the last 60 years?
Maybe. As has been pointed out by others who are veteran campaign folks, the Conservatives will have a large advantage on organization and ground game, and there are reports from a week or 2 ago that Jenni Byrne, the top person in (Read more…)
Well after staying away as long as he could, and seeing the stature of his ally Rob Ford diminished, Stephen Harper returned to the Commons today, only to find the Senate scandal waiting for him.
And ending up looking a little diminished himself.Read more »
Your blogger with Rev. Bill Phipps, former United Church of Canada moderator and, in 2002, the NDP’s challenger to Stephen Harper. Below: Harper doubters Andrew Coyne and Tim Harper.
“The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures.”
– Junius, published in 1772, from the Masthead of the Globe and Mail
I was sitting in Calgary’s airport the other day reading about Stephen Harper in a free copy of the Globe and Mail when, lo and behold, I spied Bill Phipps, who used to be the (Read more…)
Trying to change the channel: Unfortunately for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the remote seems to have disappeared under a pillow and the movie stuck on the TV screen stars Mike Duffy, shown above moving toward the Telus Convention Centre in Calgary Friday night. Actual Canadian Senators may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Andrew Nikiforuk and David Suzuki.
So it all comes down to this, then? It’s not my fault. Now shut up and vote for me!
What else can we take away from Stephen Harper’s first campaign speech of the 2015 election season, made to the nervously shuffling (Read more…)
Once they were the best of buddies. Two Con peas in a pod united by fanatic ideology and religion. But then Stephen Harper threw his faithful Chief of Staff under the bus. Along with so many others.And now the question is, will Nigel Wright destroy Great Desperate Leader? Read more »
TorStar’s Chantel Hebert ponders whether former Harper chief of staff, Nigel Wright, will turn out to be the man who takes down our prime minister.
Once known around Ottawa as “Mr. Integrity”, Wright has been supposedly laying low since he was fired resigned over the Wright-Duffy scandal. No one seems to know much about the former PMO Wunderkind since he left Parliament Hill in May. It’s a safe bet that he’s back in Toronto making millions and wondering why he got involved with that lying, manipulative, self-serving bastard in the first place.
Hebert seemed to be trying to flush (Read more…)
A forlorn Richard Nixon waves goodbye to Washington for the last time from the steps of the presidential helicopter on Aug. 9, 1974. Don’t count on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to do the same thing any time soon, even if it destroys his party. Below: Stephen Harper looking appropriately gloomy in a Toronto Star photo grabbed from the Internet.
My first exposure to the news business from the inside was during the summer of 1973, the year the Watergate Scandal really rattled the United States and the cracks began to appear in the administration of President Richard Nixon.
The newsroom (Read more…)
The trouble with lies is that after a time, they become hard to keep track of. The latest untruth from Mr. Harper came today during a radio interview with a ‘friendly’ who did not even bother to raise the fact of the discrepancy when the Prime Minister asserted, for the first time, that he had fired Nigel Wright.
Funny, up to this point I thought he had resigned. Perhaps Wright was simply resigned to his fate after he was fired? Recommend this Post
You’ll have to forgive my late commentary on the issue that has been percolating this entire week, and promises to take up as much time next week as well. I speak, of course, about the state of the Canadian Senate and the dramatic fireworks that have come out from the three ‘exile’ Senators.
Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin, and Patrick Brazeau stood before their colleagues this week and attempted to explain why they should be allowed to keep their jobs. To no one’s great surprise, this straightforward idea has been anything but. It’s been a week that has seen cries of (Read more…)
Despite the fact that Stephen Harper is ‘toughing it out’ in The House of Commons under the relentless grilling of Thomas Mulcair, probably believing that the majority of Canadians are either incapable of or unwilling to follow the byzantine path of the Senate scandal, a wealth of letters in today’s Star calls into doubt such a cynical assessment. I encourage you to personally check them out, as well as a link I place at the end of the post. I reproduce a few of the highlights below:
Scrappy PM denies role in Duffy coverup, Oct. 24
Stephen Harper now acknowledges (Read more…)
Harper has changed his tune. Now his position on the Nigel Wright and Mike Duffy money exchange story has changed. If you remember Harper initially said that “nobody” knew about the exchange other than Wright and Duffy. Now he says ‘very few people” knew about it.
Harper changed his tune Thursday, saying Wright “informed very few people” — all of them known to be key Harper confidantes.
“Mr. Speaker, I refer the prime minister to Hansard of June 5,” said NDP Leader Tom Mulcair in question period on Thursday. “There was no ‘very few’ in there. It was ‘nobody.”‘
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In this speech, delivered to the Senate on Tuesday, Sen. Duffy says PM Harper told him to repay the $90 000 he fraudulently claimed from the Red Chamber.
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Above is the full audio recording, with contextualizing images, of Mike Duffy’s address to the Senate in which he accuses Stephen Harper of orchestrating the alleged illegal payment he received in order to have his improperly claimed expenses disappear.
What a deliciously salacious scandal to rock Stephen Harper!
And Pamela Wallin has yet to speak!
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CTV explains with more specificity after senators David Tkachuk and Carolyn Stewart Olsen denied any involvement with Mike Duffy’s expenses affair and the payment by Nigel Wright to cover Duffy’s $90,000 expenses.
Carolyn Stewart and Olsen David Tkachuk
“But CTV News never reported that the senators knew about Wright’s $90,000 cheque to Duffy. CTV News has seen emails showing an organized effort by the Prime Minister’s Office and the senior Conservative senators to coerce Duffy into publicly declaring he’d repay money owed to taxpayers.In the emails, Tkachuk stated that if the money was not repaid he could use his (Read more…)
Senate scandal – it’s not just for the rookies any more. Veteran Tory senators, Dave Tkachuk and Carolyn Stewart Olsen, have issued statements denying they knew anything about the backroom deal between Harper chief of staff, Nigel Wright, and the beleaguered Cavendish Cottager, Mike Duffy, to cover Duffy’s Senate tab.
Tkachuk and Stewart Olsen deny that PMO deal had anything to do with their laundering of the Senate
report into Duffy’s expense problems – even if that might have been part of the deal between Duffy and Wright.
“It was all a coincidence, ya see – a pure (Read more…)