Here’s to me…
The Duffy trial is beginning to lurch out of control, if you are a member of the Conservative government of Canada. In just a few days, voters have been exposed to a cascade of visual and sound bites that have snapped necks and focused attention as seldom before. Forgeddabout Who killed JR – we are now intensely aware of three things: What did Duffy do? What did Wright do? What did Harper do? Three Do’s, one Wright and one to-be-unleashed Duffy are the wrong things for Prime Minister Harper. The Tories are finding out that in a (Read more…)
The Mounties have ridden into town, dismounted, and placed their investigations in the hands of the state prosecutors. The prosecutors have carefully drafted 31 charges against a senator, and the stage is now set for an epic High Noon shootout on a dusty street in front of the Parliament in Ottawa. And the senator has promised to call out several senior members of the Conservative Party as witnesses, under oath. From the Ottawa Citizen:
Duffy has long maintained his innocence, saying that the details of his housing claims would all come out in court.
He has also quietly told (Read more…)
Yes, we consulted …
Seems to be a little bit of confusion about who was consulted when the Mounties decided that there was no case to make against Wright. Here’s one report (my underlining): Commissioner Paulson says the facts uncovered by investigators – many of which were publicly detailed in a politically explosive search warrant released last fall – simply did not lead to the conclusion of criminal wrongdoing. The ultimate decision to drop the investigation into Mr. Wright was made by the investigative team, he says, adding he was consulted on the matter along with prosecutors. And here’s another (Read more…) . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: The Wright Case & The Mounties: Did they or did they not?
Mounties closing in
Amazing how some politicians fail to understand one simple fact of a modern democracy such as Canada: The wheels of justice grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine. Our justice institutions are highly developed, well staffed, with advanced methods that are applied to serious cases. Our court system is fed by the police (who initiate the inquiries), the prosecutors (who decide whether to lay charges) and the courts (who hear the matters). Part of our protection of our democracy are the laws that attempt to prevent any tampering with our institutions such as the Senate. Now the (Read more…) . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: The Duffy Saga: The Mounties Close In
Interesting reading, the transcript of Senator Duffy’s speech in the Senate in which he revealed that he had received a cheque for some legal expenses. Even more interesting is what the legal work covered, based on the underlined part of his speech:
Wait until Canadians see the email trail in the hands of my lawyers and the RCMP.
Those emails among the PMO, their lawyers, including Ben Perrin, the Conservative Party’s lawyer Arthur Hamilton, and my lawyer, prove this was a set-up from the start. That I am innocent.
The PM knew I wasn’t guilty; Nigel Wright knew I wasn’t (Read more…)
Hot on the trail of the Email
The Mounties are as iconic Canadian as you can find. The Mounties always getting their man is so much part of the Canadian DNA that nobody smiles when the phrase is used. It is bedrock Canada, as authentic as the hard, unyielding Canadian shield. The Mounties are one of the most trusted institutions we have. And now the Mounties want to get their hands on the explosive PMO-Duffy Email. And the Prime Minister’s aides are saying they would love to help, but the Mounties just haven’t asked for the email. Aaron Wherry has (Read more…)
Interesting articleby Crawford Kilian on the Sensitive and International Investigations unit of the RCMP affidavit (that unit is charged with investigating matters of significant risk to Canada’s political, economic and social integrity). Some further thoughts based on that article: If Nigel Wright is a “person dealings with the government” and so the Duffy agreement to accept the “gift” might fall under section 121, then are not the other 3 PMO officers mentioned in the affidavit also “persons with dealings with the government”? If so, if they participated in the “scenario” that Duffy in his one email said Wright (Read more…)
I know nothing!
Poor Manuel, the harried waiter in Fawlty Towers, is often denigrated by Basil Fawlty with the words: “He’s from Barcelona”. Now we face an equally valid question: Is Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper, from Barcelona? In this famous episode of Fawlty Towers, Basil Fawlty tries to get Manuel to agree that he knows nothing about a horse that Basil bet on. The video is here, and the exchange is here: Basil Fawlty: Shhh-shh-shh-shh-shh. You know nothing… about… the horse. Manuel: [parroting] I know “nothing… about… the horse.” Basil Fawlty: Yes. Manuel: Ah. (Read more…)
The Duffy Deal: Up go the numbers
The latest news from the RCMP is interesting – the number of people in the know about the Wrigh/Duffy agreement regarding his expenses is increasing: Lawyers for Mr. Wright told the Mounties that while their client kept Mr. Harper in the dark about his personal gift to Mr. Duffy, he did tell a small circle of four, the documents show. This included three people in the Prime Minister’s Office: David van Hemmen, who was Mr. Wright’s executive assistant; Benjamin Perrin, then a PMO legal adviser, and Chris Woodcock, PMO director of issues management, (Read more…)
PM Stephen Harper
Today’s question period in the House of Commons finally showed onlookers what real question periods are for. The prime minister was appearing for the first time since the Senator Duffy loan was made by his chief of staff. And the opposition leaders asked pointed, clear questions. Mulcair hammeredthe PM: The Prime Minister was roasted like a rotisserie chicken over the Senate scandal during Question Period Tuesday.
Thomas Mulcair did a good job of looking exasperated at Mr. Harper’s vague responses: “We are asking very simple, straightforward questions and the Prime Minister is not answering them. That (Read more…)
Who shall guard the guards? Our parliament belongs to the citizens, just as the parliament of the UK belongs to British citizens. And when our representatives in our parliaments forget whom they are serving, the citizens are affronted, and the offenders are held to account. In The Telegraph we are are reminded about the expenses scandal that engulfed the mother Parliament just on two years ago: After the original outcry, little has been heard of the expenses scandal, and it is widely assumed that the problem has gone away. It has not. Indeed, there are a number of troubling indications (Read more…)
The Senate under siege
With the press baying at the prime minister, calling for answers to serious questions about a possible deal with a senator accused of fudging expenses, PM Stephen Harper decided to leave Canada and visit South America. Resolute in his own righteousness, Harper refused to allow “distractions” to prevent his government from concentrating on the economy. Despite an openly rebellious crowd of journalists, who felt they had been unceremoniously brushed aside while raising serious questions about serious issues, Harper refused to address the issue which is tearing his party apart, and consuming Ottawa: Harper left on a (Read more…)
I have underlined and bolded an explosive sentence in the Andrea Janus article about the CTV report on the agreement dealing with the payment to Senator Duffy of an amount of $90,000 regarding expenses he claimed. Remember that one sentence as this affair starts unfolding! Here it is: 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. Sources told CTV’s Ottawa Bureau Chief Robert Fife that (Read more…) . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Senator Duffy Affair: An explosive sentence
Here’s some 2009 footage of Canadian Conservative Senator Mike Duffy on CBC Newsworld’s Power & Politics. The title given to the Youtube video is 100% accurate: “a Drunken Mike Duffy attacks the Canadian Press, elected Members of Parliament”.
I remember seeing it the first time it aired. Duffy was attempting to justify massive overspending by thieving, gluttonous, patronage-appointed senators, including himself. I don’t recall the Harper Conservatives ever doing anything to crack down on this flagrant misuse of taxpayer dollars. On the contrary, the problem seems to have gotten worse.
Duffy is such a crooked, self-entitled, lying piece of crap!
From Rex Murphy report on CBC TV last night about the location of the residence of Senator Duffy
Mike Duffy: pig in the city
Canadian senator Mike Duffy, the porcine Conservative from Ottawa, has been caught in yet another scandal, this time for falsely claiming Prince Edward Island as his primary residence and subsequently billing the Canadian taxpayers for related living expenses (more than $30,000 since 2010!). The truth is that Duffy hasn’t lived in PEI since about 1971 (a fact that is well documented by a long trail of official paperwork). His PEI residence is merely a cottage that he occasionally visits on holiday.
After this discrepancy started to bubble to the surface, Duffy ordered
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Canadian senator Mike Duffy, the…