Thursday, May 23, 2013
Stephen Harper and the Great Peruvian Apology
Well it took a long time, and he had to travel all the way to Peru, before he finally agreed to talk to the media about the sordid Senate scandal.
But today he did allow reporters to ask him TWO questions.
So he could tell people in Canada he's very, very, very sorry. But don't blame him, blame Nigel.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says that not only did he not know about his chief of staff's "gift" to repay Senator Mike Duffy's expenses before the story broke in the media, he was not consulted and did not sign off on Nigel Wright's decision to write a personal cheque.
"I'm sorry, I'm frustrated, I'm extremely angry about it," he said.
And now, before he has a total nervous breakdown, or bites someone, could we please forget this unfortunate "distraction" ?
Because for him and the Con regime....after accountability.... the economy is Job One !!!
And so the Great Travelling Roadshow continues....
With Stephen Harper still claiming he didn't know what his right-hand man was doing to save his good buddy's ass. And his ass too, for appointing him.
Mike Duffy still claiming he's going to be cleared, even as his tab just keeps getting bigger and bigger.
Two Con senators being asked to explain who ordered them to sanitize Big Mike's audit.
The order to sanitize an audit of Sen. Mike Duffy’s expenses came from two key Conservatives on the Senate’s internal economy committee: chair David Tkachuk and Carolyn Stewart Olsen, CTV News has learned.
Stewart Olsen is one of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s most loyal advisers, dating back to his days in the Canadian Alliance Party.
John Baird reading his prepared script in the Commons to claim the Cons can't show us the documents, or even the cheque.
Because either they don't have them, or they don't exist.
Nathan Cullen, the NDP House leader, now broadened the matter. “Can the Conservatives say definitively that there were no documents in the Prime Minister’s Office that related to the Mike Duffy and Nigel Wright scandal?” he wondered. “To be clear: no emails, no memos, no notes. Yes or no?”
In response to that simple query, Mr. Baird offered praise for the ethics commissioner. “This matter has been referred to her and the government is prepared to fully co-operate as she looks into this issue,” the Foreign Affairs Minister assured before repeating his understanding that a “legal agreement” does not exist.
Pat Martin asking the obvious question:
“They rode into Ottawa on their high horse of accountability, and all we have to show for it is the mess that horse left,” he quipped. “They should take their Federal Accountability Act and run it through that horse and throw it on their roses for all the good it has ever done us.”
“My question for the minister is simple: When did it all go so terribly wrong?” he wondered. “When did they jettison integrity and honesty and accountability for the sake of political expediency?”
And millions of Canadians, along with some in the media, still demanding answers or ELSE.
If the Prime Minister can’t bring himself to address the issues in any meaningful way, that role must now devolve to Parliament, its ethics officers, Senate auditors and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Serious concerns have been raised; they must be answered.
Liberal MP Ralph Goodale says the Duffy deal “has the appearance of a payment that was designed to prevent further examination” of questionable expenses. Pressure is building for a public inquiry. The optics are that bad.
For it has come to that; if our elected representatives can't get the answers they are asking for, the police must DEMAND them.
And if Stephen Harper thinks he can bury this stinky "distraction" he's got another thought coming.
Because if he wants to play Clue I say we do...
Stephen Harper and his Senate buddy.
Why is Duffy laughing? What is Harper HIDING?
Yup. That piggy ain't going NOWHERE. And here's another clue eh?
Will Humpty Duffy fall off the wall and take the whole Con regime with him?
And another one...will Stevie Desperate crack up before the next election?
Stay tuned for further developments....
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