He has maintained his cool and smiling demeanor throughout. Duffy was a senior journalist with CTV and a long-time supporter of the Conservative Party.
If the PM’s office thought the buck stopped there, they were completely wrong. The first to be thrown under the bus was Nigel Wright who claimed that no one else knew of his $90 000 gift to the senator. The PM disavowed all knowledge of the transaction.
Now that the trial is finally under full swing, the cross examination is revealing that a very tangled web was spun. The current chief of staff for the PM, Ray Novak, has been named in emails as having been appraised of the $90 000 ‘gift’ to Duffy.
Now that numerous emails are surfacing, the dirty business of the PMO is being revealed. When Duffy declined to tell a reporter if he had paid back his wrongful claim, Wright wrote the following in an email.
"We'll just unleash (Sen.) Tkachuk, who will call him a thief," Wright wrote after a Global News story aired, apparently fearing Duffy might be after more money. More importantly, why the "big lie" of trying to convince Canadians that Duffy paid back his own expenses, “ CBC News
There is an email placed in evidence that was sent to both the current chief of staff and the PMO lawyer advising them that the cheque would be sent, yet as of yesterday Harper was maintaining that they had no knowledge of the transaction. He opined that they were too busy to read all their emails.
The scandal has continued to dog the PM. The other political party leaders are making hay on the revelations. Mr. Mulcair(NDP) is maintaining that while Duffy is in the courtroom, that it is really Stephen Harper who is on trial. Justin Trudeau(Liberal) commented that the PM looks as if he would do anything to stay in power.
In the end, it will be the Canadian public that decides the fate of the politicians in October when the federal election is slated to be held.
This government’s record on environmental protection has come under fire for its enthusiastic support of the Alberta Oil Sands and for proposals to build pipelines to carry the products to the coasts. Their financial plans have also been thrown into disarray by the precipitous drop in world petroleum prices. In the past eight months, the value of Canadian currency has dropped about 25% in relation to the US currency.
Polls taken to test the will of the electorate have not given the Conservatives comfort.
There are three major parties in the race. The New Democratic Party (NDP) is headed by Thomas Mulcair and the Liberals headed by Justin Trudeau. The fourth party with sitting members is the Green Party headed by Elizabeth May. In Quebec the Bloc Quebecois headed by Giles Duceppe. He is not seated. In Canada, independents may run and if elected are seated.
The NDP was the official opposition in the now dissolved government.
It is difficult to pin down the most important plank in each party’s platform. The following statements were gleaned from the official web site. I chose to select the statement/slogan that was placed first.
Conservative Party of Canada – protecting Canadians from the threat of terror
NDP – ready for change
Liberal – it’s time for real change
Green – a Canada that works. Together
Bloc Quebecois – Their page does not translate well from the French. They are the party that maintains that the Province of Quebec should separate from the rest of Canada. They run only in that province.
While each party must pay for its campaign out of party funds, the election process is expensive to the taxpayer as well. An early call of 11 weeks means that the bureaucratic process must gear up early as well with all its attendant expenses.
The election will take place October 19.
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