Wednesday, January 21, 2015
It's Nearly "Duffy Time" Again
With trial prep, motions and 41 days in court, that adds up to one huge legal bill for a guy who, rumour has it, is somewhat impecunious.
I'm guessing those will be the longest 41 days in the political career of Stephen Joseph Harper. It could turn into an ordeal for a lot of the players including the PMO types and the Tory Senate leadership.
The known facts raise far more questions than they answer. People are going to be examined and cross-examined on a number of those issues, some of which go uncomfortably close to the prime minister himself.
I'm surprised this has gone on as long as it has and I'll be even more surprised if the trial proceeds in April. I thought this might be settled with a quiet plea bargain deal - no time/conditional sentence/various charges withdrawn - over the Christmas break. Anything, just make it go away soon to put as much distance as possible between Duffy and the next election.
That hasn't happened and I'll spend some time over the next couple of weeks to see if I can find out why.