Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Nigel Wright, Stephen Harper, and the Great Con Cover Up
They say Nigel Wright is an honest man, who just happened to be working for the most morally corrupt leader of the most morally corrupt government this country has ever known.
And all that was missing on his first day of testimony at the Duffy trial was a halo over his head.
Even if the story he told was just too good to be true.
Nigel Wright, Stephen Harper’s former chief of staff, says the prime minister was only aware in broad terms that Sen. Mike Duffy had agreed to repay his questionable expense claims, and Harper was not told the Conservative Party had agreed to foot the bill.
During his testimony, Wright defended a statement he made in a Feb. 22, 2013 email, in which he told Duffy's lawyer and several PMO officials that "we are good to go from the PM" on a repayment proposal worked out by the two sides.
"'Good to go' means that the points I wanted to raise with the PM had been raised and that we could proceed with the plan," Wright said in court. When asked if he told Harper about agreeing to repay the money for Duffy, Wright said "No."
When he claimed he only paid the $90,000 out of his own pocket to get the taxpayers off the hook, and that Harper the control freak knew NOTHING.
Except that what he didn't say was that the money was intended to keep Duffy quiet, and protect the man who appointed him from being publicly embarrassed.
And that if Harper agreed to these demands from Duffy's lawyer:
He was agreeing to something that was wrong and not true:
For the Internal Economy Committee had no right to declare that Duffy's expenses were " fully in order." Duffy had clearly not met all the requirements necessary to sit as the Senator from PEI, when he had lived in Ottawa for forty years.
His ineligibility for the housing allowance had nothing to do with all the work he was doing for the party.
And far from working for the taxpayers, Wright was only serving the party he had faithfully served from the days when he was a young Con fanatic...
Both him and his PMO were in fact up to their ears trying to manipulate the report to suit their own partisan purposes.
And they would have succeeded had two Senate staffers not threatened to sue them.
With a media circus growing around Senator Mike Duffy’s expenses in February 2013, the Prime Minister’s Office took control. Newly released emails show the PMO gave direct orders to supposedly independent senators and even ghost-wrote a report.
But while Conservative senators were content to go along with it, two Senate staffers were not.
So the report was finally released, but not before Stephen Harper himself had helped rewrite it.
So much for knowing NOTHING.
And the bottom line? Duffy's lawyer is going to have a field day shining a light on this sordid conspiracy.
Stephen Harper is going to have to go to extraordinary lengths to avoid having to answer questions about the role he played in this obvious cover-up.
Conservative Leader Stephen Harper is making his first visit to Nova Scotia this weekend since the federal election was called, but residents will have to register online to find out the secret location of the event.
He will be running like a chicken from this scandal all the way to the election...
For his nightmare is just beginning...
And as I keep repeating:
With a little bit of luck, it will help destroy him...
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