Friday, November 22, 2013

The Man Who Could Bring Down Stephen Harper



I've always thought it ironic that a man called Greg Horton should be the one who might bring down Great Timmy Leader by exposing the corruption of his evil empire.

But it wasn't until today that I realized how much we owe that RCMP investigator.

The Mountie investigating the Senate expense scandal, Cpl. Greg Horton, went before a judge on Wednesday to consent to the public release of the Information to Obtain (IT0) a production order he had sworn five days earlier. The ITO was provided to the media later that day. Had Horton not consented, it could have been weeks or months before journalists or the public saw the document, if ever.

For not only has he done an extraordinary job so far, and left Stephen Harper's story hanging by a thread. He has also used the public disclosure to obtain even more documents that might finally snap that thread.

The court order Horton obtained with the November 15 ITO compels the Royal Bank of Canada to turn over additional Duffy banking records but also requires the Senate to turn over more than four months of emails sent and received by Duffy and Conservative senators David Tkachuk, Marjory LeBreton and Carolyn Stewart Olsen through their Senate of Canada accounts.

And made it almost impossible for those Senators to impede his efforts.

Any of the four senators could argue that the release of their emails is a breach of their parliamentary privilege, said former House of Commons law clerk Rob Walsh.

But that will be harder for them to do, now that the RCMP has put on the public record the texts of dozens of other emails provided voluntarily by Wright that track efforts by PMO staff and senators to massage a Senate committee report on Duffy’s expenses.

You know in recent years the RCMP has come under a lot of criticism, most of it justified. And it remains a deeply troubled organization. But there are some good apples in every rotten barrel.

And if the Con regime collapses under the weight of its corruption and criminal behaviour, Cpl. Greg Horton will deserve a huge vote of thanks.

For he may be a humble police officer. But his dogged pursuit of the truth in the Kingdom of the Big Lie, and in the face of what must be enormous pressure is admirable. 

Horton's own career is very much on the line here. It speaks well for his professionalism and courage (and confidence in his legal case) that he has filed the affidavit at all.

A close reading of the document suggests that Horton himself wrote every word of it, with little or no help from others. It contains several grammatical errors and typos, and he consistently spells "publicly" as "publically." But he is clearly a cop, not a copy editor; these errors do not detract from his evidence, which he has meticulously footnoted.

For can you imagine how much the Harperite gang must hate him?

And the sad truth is that if he hadn't done such a good job, and allowed his findings to be made public, we would still be wandering around in the dark, and the Cons would still be getting away with it.

Instead, thanks to him, some of the most powerful people in this country are shivering in their boots, or running for cover. 

Conservative Senator Irving Gerstein refused to answer questions about his alleged role in the Senate expense scandal Thursday, the day after a police document claimed he tried to stop an audit into Mike Duffy’s expenses.

And when this is all over, if charges are laid, and the Con regime collapses, or is jailed, Cpl. Horton will be my special nominee for the Order of Canada. Or just my Canadian hero.

For showing me that all is not rotten in Harperland, that one honest man is worth a thousand crooks, and that we were right to demand better for our country.

Golly. Isn't that great though to end the week?

And yes, as I said in the beginning.

Because I am who I am eh?

And Cpl. Horton's EIGHTY page affidavit melted the last brain cells I had left.

Isn't the irony DELICIOUS?



Hey !!!!! Gimme a Duffy cream pie, and a big Harper bagel....TOASTED.

And have a great weekend everybody !!!

Please click here to recommend this post at Progressive Bloggers.

9 comments:

  1. Well, Simon, I must man up and confess there was a time when I actually supported these klowns. Mea maxima culpa. Although as I am still on their call list, I derive a great amount of pleasure giving them an earful when they call for donations.

    As for this RCMP Cpl....kudos. As the old saying goes, the Mounties always get their man. In the case one Mountie could very well get the whole damned rotten lot of this sad travesty of a government.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous4:59 PM

      Thank you SOOO much! It helps to see people re-evaluating their voting patterns.

      Delete
  2. hi Way Way Up... it's no crime to have supported the Conservative Party. It has a long and proud history dating back to the creation of this country. And a list of distinguished politicians to long to list. I saw Joe Clark on the CBC the other day, and you couldn't ask for a more decent Canadian. The problem is that the Harper Cons are not the Conservative Party, they are the Harper Party. And his flawed personality has turned it into some kind of alien cult, with no respect for our Canadian traditions. Because we had never seen anything like it, it took a while for most Canadians to understand what was happening. So you weren't the only one who was fooled, and you're totally forgiven. Just check the label more carefully next time !#@!!!! ;)
    As for Cpl. Horton, while I don't have full confidence in the organization he works for, his dogged determination in the face of what must be incredible pressure, has impressed and encouraged me at a time when the truth is so hard to discover. And our poor country needs all the help it can get, wherever it can get it...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous10:40 AM

      Actually, Simon, I respectfully disagree with your assessment. It isn't harpie's party...it's the Canadian Taliban only not as smart as the real thing. ;-)
      As for Cpl. Horton, I had lost a hell of a lot of respect for the R.C.M.P. I'm starting to get quite a bit of it back at this point.'Nuff said.

      Delete
    2. Hi anon...I have no problem calling the Cons the Canadian Taliban after what they've done to our country and our reputation abroad. They are also religious fanatics, and with the way they treat women and scientists they might as we'll be wearing bushy beards. And let's not forget that if they could get away with it , they would be flogging or hanging people in public. As for Cpl. Horton yes isn't that a nice surprise? A dedicated police officer doing his job, good for him....

      Delete
    3. Hi anon...I have no problem calling the Cons the Canadian Taliban after what they've done to our country and our reputation abroad. They are also religious fanatics, and with the way they treat women and scientists they might as we'll be wearing bushy beards. And let's not forget that if they could get away with it , they would be flogging or hanging people in public. As for Cpl. Horton yes isn't that a nice surprise? A dedicated police officer doing his job, good for him....

      Delete
    4. Hi Simon. Yes, the Conservative name has a long and proud history in Canada's past. Make no mistake about it though, the current "Conservative Party of Canada" is more closely related to the Reform movement out of Alberta than anything else. It may carry the name, but it is no descendent of that name's heritage.

      It is not just Harper that has dragged the whole organization into the sewers of lying and deception. Even under Manning, the Reformers had figured out that they had to lie about their real agenda in order to get elected at all (at least outside of Alberta ... and Alberta is just weird when it comes to voting patterns)

      Lying and deception is in the DNA of this party.

      Delete
  3. Anonymous9:38 AM

    Before the lib/left anti-Harperites get too excited please remember that this latest police technique of publicizing ITO's in support of production orders is a doubled edged sword which can swing both left and right. At the moment it is being wielded by left-handers but how will they react when the right-handers start swinging it?

    ReplyDelete
  4. Peter Burke9:59 AM

    Bourque news watch you have just lost my support.

    ReplyDelete