Wednesday, August 05, 2015
The Duffy Trial: Has Stephen Harper Shot Himself in the Foot?
Should Mike Duffy demand that Stephen Harper be called as a witness at his trial which resumes next week, Harper would normally be able to invoke parliamentary privilege to avoid having to testify.
But because of his decision to extend the length of the election campaign it seems Great Leader may have shot himself in the foot.
By scuttling his own parliamentary privilege.
An unintended consequence of the exceedingly long election campaign of 78 days is that MPs’ parliamentary privilege will expire during the writ period.
In 2004, the Ontario Court of Appeal found that this special privilege granted sitting MPs extends 40 days after parliament is dissolved and for an additional 40 days before the next session begins.
Normally, that more than covers the usual 37-day writ period. But in Election 2015, that privilege will expire at the mid-way point of the campaign, on September 11, 2015.
Which means that should Nigel Wright raise any doubts about Harper's claim that he knew nothing about the deal to keep Duffy quiet, Great Leader could be summoned to help clear up the matter.
And if he doesn't, spend the last few weeks explaining why he's afraid to testify.
Which I think we all agree would be poetic justice.
He extended the campaign to try to ruin his opponents.
Only to end up ruining himself...
You know some people in this country still call Stephen Harper a political genius.
But I think he's just a Con artist whose day of justice is still to come...
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