Sunday, March 02, 2014
Duffy's Shadow Looms Over Harper's Future
The book, Duffy: Stardom to Senate to Scandal, is said to revisit the good old days when Leger met Duffy in Ottawa (1984-1990) and traces Duffy's television career, his pursuit of a seat in the Senate and the scandal that brought him down and continues to plague Stephen Harper.
According to Leger, he and Duffy spent hours on the deck of the senator's Cavendish cottage as Duffy spilled the beans. Duffy maintained, as he always has, that he was set up by Harper and the prime minister's office. Leger writes:
Over time, the links to the prime minister’s office became much more clear and the RCMP’s case against Duffy and the other senators came to light. Prime Minister Stephen Harper himself came into the critical spotlight. It also became obvious that Duffy and the others were being well and truly thrown under the bus by their former Conservative friends.
That’s why this is not just a story about misbehaving senators. The Duffy-Senate affair spilled across the weeks and months and into the central machinery of government. Nigel Wright’s involvement put the PMO at the centre of the scandal. Harper himself was reduced to talking points.
Friends of Ol' Duff are less than happy that the beleaguered senator spoke so freely to Leger. They fear Duffy may have given too much away too early.