Will miracles never cease? An act of outright resurrection in the prime minister's office. E-mails once pronounced deleted have been raised from the dead.
The e-mails are those of Benjamin Perrin, former PMO chief counsel and legal adviser to Stephen J. Harper himself.
The lost are now found. It was all a mix-up, a simple error, could happen to anyone. At least that's the cover story for why the PMO told the RCMP that the Perrin e-mails pertaining to the Wright-Duffy-Harper under-the-table cash scandal had been deleted. It's not clear whether the PMO got that idea from Benny or someone else cooked up the story.
You may recall that Perrin has only addressed the affair once and that was to deny any and all personal involvement. Somewhat later Perrin was fingered by disgraced former chief of staff, Nigel Wright, as one of four top PMO aides in on the deal. Eventually it was revealed that Perrin in fact negotiated the deal with Duffy's lawyer, Janet Payne, and created a paper trail of correspondence and e-mails.
Which begs the question of what young professor Benny had in his highly-educated mind when he issued his pretty unequivocal denial. It sounds like the sort of thing one might expect from a person in panic at being caught in the headlights on a dark road.
It's interesting that the Privy Council Office letter notifying the RCMP of the discovery of Perrin's e-mails is shown as copied to Robert W. Staley of the law firm, Bennett Jones. Could be that Perrin has also lawyered up.