Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Duffy to Trial

Mike Duffy will be heading straight to trial.  Counsel appeared briefly in court today and were told to come back on the 23rd to set a date for trial.

That ups the ante for Stephen Harper, increasing the chances that the trial might happen before the general elections scheduled for October, 2015.  The evidence will expose the dirty dealing of Harper's Prime Minister's Office and his top officials as well as the corruption of the Conservative leadership in the Senate. The greatest risk for Harper is the prospect of being directly tied to the Duffy deal, something the prime minister has struggled to deny.

I think Harper would have an extremely tough time if compelled to take the stand and give evidence under oath.  Duffy's account of the $90,000 "gift" from Nigel Wright is remarkably solid.  By contrast, Harper has played fast and loose with the facts as is his way.

Harper has a habit of taking forceful, cut and dried positions on situations that turn into scandals.  As facts emerge Harper has to fall back and make contradictory and inconsistent statements.  He invents new lies when his initial lies collapse.  

A perfect example is Harper's handling of the Bruce Carson/PMO debacle when people began asking how a controversial character with multiple fraud convictions who had done prison time managed to get into a sensitive position inside the Prime Minister's Office.  

At first, Harper claimed he'd been blindsided.  He knew nothing about Carson's shady past.  Harper blamed it on the failure of his staff to properly vet the guy before he was hired.  Harper said if he'd known anything about Carson's past he'd have booted him straight out of the PMO.

Then it came out that somebody had waived the otherwise mandatory RCMP security check.  Who might have the power to do that?  Remember, at that time, the commissioner was a veteran Conservative backroom operator and career civil servant, Bill Elliott.  

As attention was drawn to senior PMO and Privy Council staffers and the top brass in the RCMP, Harper changed his tune.  He implicitly admitted he'd been lying.  Now, he said, he had known about Carson's criminal past - but only part of it - and yet he wanted to give the guy a second chance to rehabilitate himself. Call it Christian charity.

When the scandal broke Harper claimed to have been duped, let down by his staff, blindsided.  He denied knowing anything about Carson's past.

When the scandal closed in, Harper suddenly said he had known about Carson's past but wanted to do the guy a favour.  And, with that admission, Harper also admitted he'd been straight out lying all along.  

There's been enough of this sort of thing that Harper would have trouble defending his credibility under cross-examination by someone like Mr. Bayne.

It remains to be seen whether Bayne can persuade a judge that Harper's evidence is essential to the conduct of the trial.  A chronic liar like our prime minister won't submit without a fight.  


Anonymous said...

Perhaps Harper's lawyer will argue that there is no need to compel him to testify as he will not tell the truth anyway? Thus why waste the Court's time as one cannot believe what Harper would say anyway.

Seems a pretty compelling argument on the basis of Harper's track record of lying (your example above, then there were the costs of the F35s and the vanishing contract with LM as just two examples) won't you say? Lol

Anonymous said...

Harper has a list of degenerates, as long as his arm. Harper chooses specific people, for specific purposes. All dictators have done this, through the ages. Harper's favorites, he sends out of the country. The others Harper is finished with, he throws under his bus.

I really doubt, Harper will even be inside that Court Room. Harper could prorogue or skip the country, as he usually does, so he doesn't have to answer for his crimes.

Owen Gray said...

There's comes a time when it all catches up with you, Mound. Perhaps Harper's time has come.

The Mound of Sound said...

I've been wondering, Owen, if the looming trial influenced Harper to ink FIPA while he still could.

Pamela Mac Neil said...

What did Harper gain by signing FIPA?
I can't for the life of me figure out what was in it for him.

The Mound of Sound said...

As far as I can tell, Pamela, Harper got some secured funding for the ongoing development and expansion of the Tar Sands. There have been several reports suggesting that financing for high-cost/high-carbon fossil fuels is becoming uncertain. Investors are beginning to heed warnings that these may become stranded assets. This sell-out may be to forestall that possibility but it's undoubtedly keyed to pushing through the Northern Gateway.

What's in it for Harper? The eternal gratitude of his home province for starters. And let's see where Sideshow Steve winds up when he leaves office. My guess is he'll get a very cushy and rewarding position in the upper ranks of the Oil Patch.

the salamander said...

.. Mission Creep Harper will bail.. Its the way of a complete coward & bully..

Watch for the sudden announcement.. that his surgeons general have discovered a congenital problem with his backbone.. Its MIA ..

Will he be insane enough to suspend Parliament, elections, and hand power to a temporary committee?

This is the Canada he said nobody will recognize..
Only him.. and his select few quislings

He'll require specialized treatment in Geneva of course
and recover from a royal hideout in London

The emergency committee of Kenney, MacKay, the Speaker, Governor General and James Moore will update Canadians in the fulsomeness of time as to why The RCMP are patrolling the west coast along with Canadian Forces and Chinese militsry advisors

Christy Clark will refer/defer all questions till after the provincial government sits in some future time