Sunday, December 15, 2013
Stephen Harper and the Scandal that Won't Disappear
He's gone to ground. He can't be found. He's hiding from the media. Even his Twitter feed has gone silent.
He's trying to make the sordid Senate scandal disappear by disappearing himself.
But even from the safety of his hideout, he's lashing out at those he considers his enemies.
The Prime Minister’s Office has yet to say which media outlets will be afforded the traditional year-end interviews with Stephen Harper this month, but we know for certain that CTV won’t be on the list.
Harper’s director of communications, Jason MacDonald, confirmed that the PM will bypass the broadcaster for the second consecutive year, despite the network’s long history of interviewing prime ministers at Christmas.
And of course we all know why eh?
It is worth noting that CTV’s Ottawa bureau chief Robert Fife — who sat in on PM interviews with then-anchor Lloyd Robertson for seven years — fired the first volley in what would become the Senate scandal currently engulfing the government.
It's so petty, so vindictive, so cowardly. But all it does is remind us how much we owe Bob Fife, and how incredibly scared Stephen Harper is to answer ANY questions about the Senate scandal.
But his disappearing act won't help him a bit.
Because the police aren't taking a break. Neither is the information commissioner.
The federal Information Commissioner has assigned an investigator to probe why the Privy Council Office, which reports to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, failed to disclose thousands of emails involving the deal for Nigel Wright to pay Sen. Mike Duffy’s ineligible expenses.
And as Andrew Coyne points out, Great Cowardly Leader's failure to properly answer those questions, along with the actions of the Senate's Con leadership, are only making it look even more like a cover-up of a cover-up of a cover-up.
He does not answer the questions put to him in Parliament — simple questions of fact, on matters he would be in a position to know about, that one would think could be dispatched with a quick yes or no — when he chooses even to pretend to. He does not hold news conferences, in any but the most perfunctory sense. He does not consent to interviews, except under the tightest of conditions, and with the friendliest of interviewers.
He does not, because he dares not: because the story he has been telling — of a conspiracy among virtually everyone around him to dispose of a matter in which he had previously taken a great interest, in a way that he now insists he would have prevented had they not, all of them, lied and kept him in the dark — is not credible. It is indeed an open question whether he will consent to the sort of in-depth year-end interviews that prime ministers traditionally conduct. How can he?
I may have missed a stage, but I believe we are now at the coverup of the coverup of the coverup.
Which of course is excellent news, because as Richard Nixon found out so painfully, it's the cover-up that KILLS you.
Just like Harper and his foul Con regime are slowly killing Canada.
Social programs that took generations to build are being insidiously eroded by Conservatives obsessed with creating a leaner government at the expense of Canadians in need. Federally funded services being unravelled by Ottawa include some of the most cherished strands of this country’s social safety net: Employment Insurance, old age security, health care and advocacy for the vulnerable.
It’s all happening by stealth rather than with a dramatic showdown. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s penchant for secrecy, disdain for Parliament, his quashing of dissent, and a ruthless strategy of pursuing a thousand small cuts rather than one big one, have allowed him to loot treasured programs without rousing the ire of Canadians.
Bleeding it slowly to death, while trying to conceal or cover-up their bloody fingerprints. Or muffle the screams of their victims...
The heartless ideologues who would destroy everything good about this country. The cruel bullies, the bastards.
And the good news?
With so many Cons trying to cover-up so much, it's almost inevitable that sooner or later this massive conspiracy is going to collapse like a house of cards.
Stephen Harper won't be to dodge its consequences by claiming he wants to reform the Senate.
Not when he was the one that corrupted it…
And the way he is hiding from the public, and refusing to answer questions, is only making him look even more GUILTY.
Golly. Isn't that a happy thought for this holiday season?
He can run, he can hide.
He can grow more desperate by the day.
But the scandal will not go away.
It can only get bigger and more damaging.
And he will not escape its fatal embrace...
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