A former parliamentary law clerk can't see what possible benefit flowed from Nigel Wright's $90,000 under the table payment to senator Mike Duffy and, accordingly, based on what he can't see, concludes there was no crime.
Rob Walsh, who was Parliament's top legal adviser until 2012, says in
theory, a criminal offence would occur if money was given to a senator
in exchange for some kind of benefit.
But in case of the Duffy cheque, Walsh can't see what benefit Wright would have received for repaying Duffy's expenses.
No charges have been laid against either Duffy or Wright, but the
RCMP is investigating the circumstances that led to Wright writing a
personal cheque after Duffy told him he didn't have the money himself.
Sorry, Rob, although it was good of you to admit you can't tell what the payment was for, what you don't understand doesn't much matter. There was obviously a pretty big political benefit attached to the payment. Duffy was put under conditions to stop talking and to refuse to cooperate with the auditors. Some one must have seen a real benefit from that and that some one would be the person on whose behalf Nigel coughed up the 90-large.