Thursday, August 20, 2015
Duffygate: Benjamin Perrin Demolishes the Harperite Conspiracy
Benjamin Perrin had only been the PMO lawyer for a year before the Duffy scandal erupted so he wasn't part of the Con cult.
He never drank the Koolaid.
So today when his turn came to testify at the Duffy trial he let the truth fly.
And managed to knock down Stephen Harper, Nigel Wright, and Ray Novak.
Ray Novak, Stephen Harper's chief of staff, was told before and during a 2013 conference call that Nigel Wright would personally repay Mike Duffy's expenses, a former lawyer for the Prime Minister's Office told court, contradicting claims by the Conservative campaign.
Benjamin Perrin, testifying at the Duffy trial in Ottawa, said he, Wright (then Harper's chief of staff) and Novak were all in Wright's office on March 22, 2013, as Wright was about to make a call with Duffy's then-lawyer about the issue of the senator's expenses.
He demolished the Con claim that Ray Novak didn't know about the deal. He made Wright's testimony look dubious to say the least.
And he heaped scorn on Stephen Harper's proposal to loosen the residency requirements for appointing Senators.
Perrin said he was "taken aback" by Stephen Harper's position that an individual only needed to own $4,000 of property in a province to be constitutionally qualified to represent the region.
Perrin testified he wouldn't consider himself a resident of Nunavut simply because he owned property there.
Which left Stephen Harper denying what can no longer be denied. And clinging to Ray Novak for all the reasons I outlined here.
At a campaign event in Newmarket, Ont. Thursday, Harper said Novak still had his confidence as his chief of staff.
"I've been very clear, when people are working for me, they have my confidence. If they didn't have my confidence they wouldn't be working for me," Harper said.
While lying on his back on the canvas...
He may rise to fight again. But he will now be under pressure to fire Ray Novak.
What was left of his credibility has been shattered.
His campaign has been derailed.
And his days in power are almost certainly numbered...
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