harper senate scandal
OTTAWA — The Prime Minister’s Office coughed up $4.1 million in severance and separation pay over the first seven years of
Contrary to the sensationalistic headlines appearing everywhere as of late, the big, long, RCMP report released yesterday about the Nigel Wright/Mike Duffy Senate payoff brouhaha doesn't contain much for the Prime Minister to fear. Let alone give him reason to fear for his job. And what, finally, of the Prime Minister? He makes but a brief cameo appearance in the lengthy report, during a single paragraph of Wright's testimony. Beyond that, Harper the man is entirely absent from a narrative that's very much the Duffy/Wright show. To the extent he comes up at all, the references are opaque and fleeting.
CALGARY — Stephen Harper’s troops are lining up firmly behind him. The Prime Minister may not have provided any answers or
After another week of appalling new revelations, exacerbating contradictions and failed attempts to make the issue go away, everybody is now speculating about the Prime Minister's next move in his management of the senate scandal crisis as he prepares to deliver an important keynote speech to Conservative party faithful tonight in Calgary. At this point, his options are not numerous, and come with daunting political consequences.
With the Senate scandal continuing unabated, there is tremendous wear and tear on everyone involved. These scandals tend to take over your entire day, you become buried in the muck, either throwing it or slipping deeper into it. A political crisis of this magnitude wears staff down and it always impacts on the man at the top. It is time for the Prime Minister to pause and reflect.
Pamela Walllin, Mike Duffy and Patrick Brazeau have gained some new public defenders after a week of debate in the Senate
OTTAWA — Two years into his party's self-described “strong, stable, national, Conservative, majority government,” Prime Minister
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has unequivocally maintained he had no prior knowledge about the infamous $90,000 cheque his
No one can downplay the seriousness of the issue both for the individuals concerned, for the Prime Minister, the Conservative Party or the Senate itself. The accusations are very serious as the number of investigations indicates. We do have to be careful, though, to separate fact from rhetoric, and ask some hard questions to both sides of the senate scandals.
Really, the PMO scandal shouldn't surprise anyone. It is a living incarnation of this government's modus operandi. But this time, they got caught. And they are trying to spin the most ridiculous lines to get out of it without showing any sign of contrition and accountability. At the end of the day, it comes down to this. There is one man who must be accountable for all this and we all know who it is. Stephen Harper's character is the real story here. It always has been. And it will always be.