By Mike Archer. As the RCMP investigation into the Duffy scandal plays itself out, it will be educational for Canadians to discover whether or not the government of Canada, at the highest levels, follows the principle of Omertà or if, faced with criminal prosecution, those in high office surrounding Prime Minister Stephen Harper began to point fingers at their former boss.
No formal charges have been laid, and all allegations must be proven in court but the Globe and Mail account of the investigation reveals what may be a particularly telling part of the evidence being considered:[excerpt] “The PM knows, in broad terms only, that I personally assisted Duffy when I was getting him to agree to repay the expenses,” Wright says in a May 14 email.
Earlier in the year, as the prime minister’s office was working out details of the repayment, Wright says on Feb. 22, “I do want to speak to the PM before everything is considered final.”
Less than an hour later, he follows up with another email, “We are good to go from the PM.”
The story reveals at some length the details of the negotiations between Senator Mike Duffy and the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). Harper’s response to questions would seem to indicate a Prime Minister who has no involvement whatever in the day-to-day operations of his office, especially on highly sensitive and politically charged affairs.
Watching Harper and the Ford boys almost makes one pine for the less disreputable, discreditable, unseemly, sordid and embarrassing scandals of the Liberals. At least theirs just involved people getting paid for doing no work.