For a brief moment today I wondered whether I should remove Nigel Wright from the poster for my new and exciting season of Senategate.
After the RCMP announced that he was no longer under investigation.
The RCMP has ended its probe into Nigel Wright, the former chief of staff to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and his $90,000 payment to suspended Conservative Senator Mike Duffy.
But then I thought no, this scandal is still as sordid as ever. It couldn't have happened without Nigel. Bless him. And it could still bring down Stephen Harper.
You see, I never thought that Wright could be charged under the provisions of this section of the Criminal Code.
Because he didn't cut a cheque for Duffy for his PERSONAL benefit. He did it for the benefit of the party he helped create, and the Prime Minister he served so faithfully.
And that section does not make that a crime.
So he can say what he wants:
"My intention was to secure the repayment of taxpayer funds," Wright said through his lawyer, Peter Mantas. He added that the RCMP's "detailed and thorough investigation has now upheld my position."
Even though most Canadians won't buy it.
But what is legal isn't necessarily ethical. And what would be a real problem is if Mike Duffy is charged and convicted under this section of the Criminal Code.
And it can be shown that Stephen Harper knew what was going on in his own office, but claimed he didn't. Even as his story changed over time.
As these clips from last night's National clearly demonstrate...
Because then it would be a COVER-UP.
And it could be as fatal for him as it was for Richard Nixon...
Which I think we can all agree would be only too fitting.
Now I realize that today's decision might make people wonder whether the RCMP can be trusted to investigate this sordid scandal.
And I don't blame them, not after this frightening allegation.
A former RCMP superintendent says he’s never seen the degree of political control over the Mounties that exists now, and says it “does not bode well” for an objective police investigation of the Senate expense scandal.
But the fact that the RCMP have told Wright that he could be called as a witness, and the fact that they are still collecting evidence from the Prime Minister's Office.
The Prime Minister's Office has turned over a hard drive and a Purolator receipt to the RCMP as part of the Mounties' investigation into Stephen Harper's former chief of staff, Nigel Wright, and suspended Senator Mike Duffy.
More recently, the PMO gave the Mounties a Purolator slip for something mailed from Charlottetown to Wright on Feb. 21, 2013. The receipt was turned over on March 27, 2014.
Tells me this case is far from over.
And as you know I've always believed that Mike Duffy won't let us down...
For if he is cornered he will BITE.
And whatever happens in the courts, this scandal can only damage the Cons even more than they already have been, and further diminish their leader.
If that's possible.
Yup, I'm telling you eh?
The new season of my sensational
And it could still have a happy ending....
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