Friday, April 22, 2016
You Don't Have to Like Mike Duffy
Many people have mixed emotions on Mike Duffy's acquittal on 31-corruption charges. Some people are torn.
Had Duffy been convicted, the vindication of Stephen Harper, Nigel Wright and Co. would have left them deeply unhappy. Some will see in Duffy's acquittals the lesser of two evils.
I like Mike Duffy, at least the Duffy I knew back in the days when he and I worked for the same news outlet in Ottawa. He was a hard-charging, hard news fireball in those days and his efforts, talents and sheer stamina took him quickly up the ladder.
There was less to like in Duffy during his latter years at CTV when he was courting a Senatorial appointment. The hatchet job he did on Stephane Dion was appalling. The favouritism he lavished on Stephen Harper was probably worse.
He made his Faustian deal with Beelzebub and, as events of the past couple of years have shown, he got what he bargained for. At least some of his ordeal seems to have been self-inflicted. He was, as they say, the author of his own misfortune - at least in part.
You don't have to like Mike Duffy to be pleased that he prevailed in the massive, 31-count case brought against him. From my professional experience I know that there are not many who could have withstood that. Despite his ailing health, Duffy did what many others might not have. Alone, he stood up to a corrupt prime minister, corrupt officials in the prime minister's office and the Tory Senate leadership, and, I suspect, a disturbingly compromised national police force. Think you could have done that? Think again.
The way Justice Charles Vaillancourt dragged these Harper and Co. miscreants out into the public eye, it was as though he was tossing vampires out into the noonday sun.
Sixty days at trial. Twelve weeks before the Court. It's pretty rare for a criminal trial to run anywhere near that long. That's a lot of evidence. A lot of testimony. A lot of cross-examination. A lot of documents and other evidence. Harper apologists, political and media, have wasted no time coming to the defence of the Prince of Darkness but their assertions are strained, furtive. They ring hollow.
So, whether you like Mike Duffy or you despise Mike Duffy or just couldn't care less about Mike Duffy, let's thank Mike Duffy for standing up to these thugs and exposing their sleazy, abusive ways. He deserves at least that much.