Monday, October 28, 2013
Is Duffy Past the Point of No Return?
What are we to read into Mike Duffy fingering the Conservative Party's chief counsel, Arthur Hamilton, today?
Duffy disclosed that Hamilton negotiated at least a small part of the Wright-Duffy deal with the senator's counsel. If, as appears to be the case from a plain reading of the statute, it is an offence to give or loan money to a senator in connection with that person's office, then it appears that the Tories' legal top gun may have facilitated the commission of an offence. It's not clear as yet but it's a possibility.
Now that's the sort of thing that law societies take seriously. Lawyers can readily find themselves disbarred for that type of conduct. With Don Bayne as his counsel it's hard to imagine that Duffy didn't fully understand the implications of his disclosure. At the very least it's not the sort of thing that's going to be forgiven or lead to some gushy reconciliation between the Conservative Party and its pudgy prodigal son.
It adds context to Duffy's words to his fellow senators today when he asked, "Have you heard enough or do you want to hear more?" It's sort of like he asked if they really wanted to find out who's next.
I had thought he'd be taking down Marjory LeBreton today. Maybe he'll leave that for later in the week, closer to the opening of the Conservative Party convention on Friday. My guess is that there'll be a lot of powerful rightwingers scrambling to come up with a real nice severance package for the Cavendish Cottager before the convention opens.