Senate Gate as I like to call it is one of the most interesting, mind blowing but also complex issues in Canadian politics in last six or seven years. Stephen Harper, Conservatives, Duffy, Wallin, Brazeau, Wright, Mulcair and Trudeau should be nominated and awarded Oscar for the best political drama mini-series/series. Over the last year we saw so many twists, turns and total reversal of situations, facts and actions that even better knowledge of Canadian politics than mine are absolutely lost.
To separate truth from lies or to judge who’s right or wrong you either need to be a one of people involved or just very cleaver person to read between the lines as Justin Trudeau father often said. On Monday Prime Minister Harper, who’s presently conducting series of radio interviews, made another 180 degrees turn in regard of his former Chief of Staff and Duffy’s benefactor Nigel Wright.
During the interview on Halifax radio station Harper said:
“I had a chief of staff who made an inappropriate payment to Mr. Duffy — he was dismissed.”
On numerous occasions during the Question Period Harper stated that his former assistant Wright resigned his post barely days after whole affair with $90,000 cheque to Mike Duffy was uncovered by the media. In May of this year in reply on questions by the opposition in Parliament Harper said that Wright cheque to Duffy was:
“personal decision, and he did this in capacity as chief of staff, so he is solely responsible, and that is why he’s resigned.”
While Senators Duffy, Wallin and Brazeau are fighting in the Red Chamber with their former Conservative colleagues over their suspension and potential loss of wages up to two years, PM Harper is giving to public and three senators new ammunition to attack him and CPC. Now three important questions are rising and will need urgent answers from the PM and from Parliament:
– did Nigel Wright resigned or was he fired;
– did the PM mislead Parliament, his colleagues in both houses and Canadian public about Wright’s cheque to Duffy;
– is there anything else what Harper did not tell to public and was opposite to his previous stands?
It seems that this affair is far from it’s end and only responsible person for that is nobody else than Prime Minister himself.