Vancouver's own alternative media, The National Observer, strikes again. This time former Crown prosecutor turned journo, Sandy Garossino is calling "bullshit" on senior Tory senator, Dave Tkachuk.
On Tuesday Senator David Tkachuk, the former chair of the powerful Senate Internal Economy Committee, penned an op-ed sharply contesting Mike Duffy's testimony that he'd advised the newly sworn-in senator to claim his Ottawa home as a secondary residence.
Further, he cleared the air about the infamous Deloitte audit. Just doing his fiduciary duty, as one does.
Ho-hum. "End of story," says the Senator.
Yet when the RCMP met with him in July, 2013, Tkachuk’s memory of all the events was ahem, hazy, to put it politely. Even though the events had happened just a few weeks earlier, Cpl Horton's report on Tkachuk's police interview (at p. 51) reads like a tête-á-tête with an amnesiac:
1. “He does not remember if Senator Duffy requested changes to the press release in February announcing the referral to Deloitte…”
In fact, email evidence entered at trial suggest that Duffy did indeed request changes through Nigel Wright. See emails #27 and 28, below.
2. “He does recall that there was… a letter from Senator Duffy’s lawyer… He does not recall the contents, nor who the letter was addressed to”
It was addressed to him (email #144).
3. “He does not recall proposing a solution to Nigel Wright that if Senator Duffy paid the money back, the Steering committee would stop the Deloitte audit…”
The letter from Duffy's lawyer apparently made enough of an impression that, one minute after receiving it, Tkachuk phoned Duffy's office requesting a call on a land line (email #145). 40 minutes later an internal PMO email is circulated which outlines a proposed settlement by which Tkachuk's Senate Committee would halt the Deloitte audit upon repayment (#email 146).
That was snappy, but Tkachuk wouldn't remember any of it just six months later.
Garossino's bit of journalism is exemplary and stands in brutal contrast to the garbage spewed out these days by the corporate media cartel. Tkachuk published his self-serving fantasy that the cartel journos swallowed whole. Garossino did a little digging, looked at some of the trial exhibits, and revealed Tkachuk for the wholesale dissembler he is and always has been.
It's a lengthy item completely deserving to be read in its entirety by following the link at the top.
I know there are some who whinge mightily at what Canada loses from the failure of cartel media outlets but work by real journos, Garossino calibre, only demonstrates how very little is actually lost. They wouldn't do what she did and, if we were left to cartel news, we would all be none the wiser.
Justin, tear down this corporate media cartel. Do it.