|At First, Two|
Lawyer Nigel Wright, holder of two law degrees, one from Harvard, somehow decides to cut Duffy a $90,000 cheque on a "spur of the moment" brain fart and completely overlooks the Rules of the Senate, the Parliament of Canada Act and the Criminal Code, all of which the deal seems to violate.
|And Then There Were Three|
The kicker, however, is lawyer Perrin's lawyer-client relationship with his most important client ever, Stephen Joseph Harper. He's the legal handmaiden of the prime minister but he's going to go ahead and make this dodgy deal happen without breathing a word to that client? He's going to purposely go out of his way to conceal this from his client, the prime minister? He's going to breach the most fundamental professional responsibility he has to Stephen J. Harper?
Here's the skinny. Without Harper's full knowledge and consent (or direction), lawyer Wright would never have engaged lawyer Perrin and without Harper's full knowledge and approval, lawyer Perrin would never have touched this dodgy business. Harper didn't know? No, that has collapsed under its own weight at this point. And that means, if there was really any doubt, the web now has Stephen Harper snagged.
To recap. Two of Harper's most intimate aides and advisors were in on this, had ethical and legal responsibilities to the prime minister and yet supposedly went behind Harper's back and concealed this from him. Sorry kids, that cements it. Wright's in, Perrin's in and beyond any reasonable doubt, Stephen Harper is in - right up to his neck.
Now I'm even more comfortable with the Senate insurgency theory. Whoever is driving this acted knowing that Stephen Harper was already trapped. They had the smoking gun, they had a drawer full of them. They knew about the cheque. They knew about Wright. They knew about the laundered Senate report. And they knew that it wasn't just Wright but Wright and Perrin. And because of the cheque, the chief of staff, the laundered report and Stephen Harper's personal lawyer - because of that combination of those details - they knew Stephen Harper was utterly trapped. Since this began they've been pushing on an open door.
It's no wonder the Conservatives have fallen as silent as a funeral parlour at midnight.