Saturday, February 03, 2018
Andrew Scheer and the Harper PMO Scandal
Ever since he became leader Andrew Scheer has been able to avoid the ghastly legacy of Stephen Harper and his Con regime.
The leader and the regime he served so faithfully.
But now Harper is suddenly back, and so is a scandal that could blow the Cons apart.
For when Rick Dykstra resigned as President of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives, after a sexual assault allegation.
And it was revealed that the Harper Cons knew of the allegation back in 2015, but did nothing.
Senior Conservative campaign operatives discussed dropping MP Rick Dykstra as a candidate in the 2015 federal election when they became aware of allegations that he sexually assaulted a young staffer the previous year. The campaign decided to allow him to continue to run.
Andrew Scheer was forced to order an investigation.
Conservative leader Andrew Scheer says he has instructed his party to launch an independent investigation into questions surrounding Rick Dykstra's federal candidacy in 2015.
While making it sound like he knew nothing.
"It is difficult to ascertain the facts when sources are speaking anonymously to the media. So to gather these facts, I have instructed the Conservative Party of Canada to retain the services of an outside, independent third party, who can investigate this situation fully," Scheer said on Wednesday.
But what a difference a day makes.
Yesterday he was making plans to smear or schmear Justin Trudeau...
Now he's in danger of getting schmeared.
For now the scandal has exploded, and it turns out a lot of Cons in the Harper PMO knew of those allegations.
During the 2015 election campaign, Stephen Harper’s top aides exchanged tense emails about sexual assault allegations against MP Rick Dykstra, documents obtained by Maclean’s reveal. Dykstra was allowed to remain as a candidate over the objections of campaign manager Jenni Byrne, who angrily referred in an email to the sexual assault allegation against him.
Including Ray Novak, Harper's boy wonder...
“I will just note, on the assumption this exchange is likely to come to light in a discovery process should the matter go to court, that I have no such knowledge. I am aware of allegations, I have never met the complainant, and I am assured that those who did interact with her at the time urged her to take the matter to authorities.”
And Great Leader himself.
On Friday night Stephen Harper released a statement saying that during the 2015 campaign he was made aware of allegations against Dykstra.
“When allegations were brought to my attention during the 2015 election campaign, I understood that the matter had been investigated by the police and closed a year prior. Given this understanding of the situation, I did not believe that I could justify removing him as a candidate.
Recently, much more information has come to light, including information to the effect that the original investigation may not have been complete. In my view, it is essential that criminal allegations, including this one, be fully investigated and prosecuted if warranted.”
And if charges are ever laid, and the case does go to trial, and it should be shown that Andrew Scheer also knew about those allegations, he could be in a lot of trouble.
And so could his Cons.
Which could blow them out of the water even before the start of the next election campaign.
And in the meantime, we not only get to call them Con clowns...
We get to call them the Pervert Party for doing nothing.
And use that to destroy them...