The bucks stops with Nigel Wright and Mike Duffy and they took it with them when they left -

The bucks stops with Nigel Wright and Mike Duffy and they took it with them when they left

The Prime Minister locates the responsibility


With the Prime Minister back in the House in Question Period, Thomas Mulcair returned to the matter of the Duffy affair, particularly the matter of the email that suggests two of the PMO’s communications specialists were standing by to assist Mr. Duffy in February when he agreed to Nigel Wright’s repayment scheme.

Mr. Mulcair asked Mr. Harper to confirm that Mr. Duffy was, in the NDP leader’s words, “given aid by two people in the Prime Minister’s Office.” Here was Mr. Harper’s response.

Mr. Speaker, this matter is the responsibility of Mr. Wright and Mr. Duffy. Mr. Duffy knew what the truth was. Mr. Duffy chose to say something else to the public. For that reason, Mr. Wright and Mr. Duffy have been held accountable. In fact, I took action on this matter some six months ago.

Mr. Mulcair tried again, asking whether Chris Woodcock, Patrick Rodgers or Stephen Lecce (a press secretary in the PMO) had told “Mike Duffy to say that he had repaid his expenses thanks to a loan that he would have obtained from the Royal Bank.”

Here is the first sentence of Mr. Harper’s reply.

Mr. Speaker, again, in terms of my office, the responsibility for this was Mr. Wright, the chief of staff.

You could read that as absolving any other member of the Prime Minister’s Office who were involved in the implementation of the deal between Mr. Duffy and Mr. Wright. And that would seem to follow his earlier assertion that “the story” was the work of Mr. Duffy and Mr. Wright.


The bucks stops with Nigel Wright and Mike Duffy and they took it with them when they left

  1. Well, if the media goes to Wright and Duffy and they blab….Harp is in deep merde.

    • I think he’s already mired in the stuff. He’s so unaccountable for his office’s activities that it’s laughable — poor harper, all those kids in short pants firing off orders for his senators and cabinet ministers to follow. Kenney is openly rebelling — or something — the only thing he’s open about. Harper pivots away from one scandal and into another. If his future looks like months more ahead of going from robocalls to PMO/Senate, to his Ford alliances — I keep wondering if he’s thinking of scooping what few marbles he has left and kicking the rest as he resigns and heads for a nice boardroom somewhere.

      • Yeah….he was Teflon for a long time there….and was certainly given his chance…but now his party is more a manure pile than anything.

  2. It better absolve them, since some or all or them did not get resigned/fired by the PM, they got booted up the food chain.

  3. Or you could read it as Harper absolving himself of any responsibility for the behaviour of his staff.

  4. Is this what Canadians want in a leader? A greasy slime ball who can’t even answer a simple question honestly?

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      • Mulcair doesn’t smoke dope, though I’ll agree that he’s a pretty, pretty boy.

      • No, no, no! Proud, good Canadians want a leader who knows that courage of conviction is for idiots who don’t appreciate the efficacy of deception! A leader that knows hipocracy will always be forgiven by the faithful because they believe an epic battle demands nothing less than brutality. A leader who will push anyone in front of a bus to save the day. That’s who good Canadians want! A leader who knows “his base” will actually believe that these Senators hit the campaign trail for him without any question of compensation …

  5. Three Senators got caught with their hands in the cookie jar and Harper had them fired. Nothing else to talk about here, except your beloved “Tom”, who will never be a “Jack”, still thinks he’s forming the next government. You NDPees must hate that you now have to go through him and son-of-Trudeau. Ouch, so close but so far.

    • Absolutely correct, except before firing the one he had his people try extortion/bribery to get that Senators to change his story to one that would be less embarrassing.

      However, since the story did all come out it was at most a “transient extortion”. Assuming Harper says he is very, very sorry, loses a few pounds, has a Jesus moment and promises never to extort again all will be fine.

  6. Harper knows what the truth is as well but seems to change his story often too.

    • Sounds like Rob Ford.

  7. Everyone who wants to understand the senate scandal should read the following two references:
    James Bellini & Kati St. Clair, The Bullshit factor, the truth about corporate disguises, lies and denial
    Joe Bennett, Double Happiness; How bullshit works

  8. How can Harper hope to run the country when he doesn’t even know what’s going on in his own office?

  9. Always, always, always, it’s the cover-up that gets you. What does it take to learn this?
    But on top of that, to believe for one moment that the control freak currently inhabiting One Sussex Drive did NOT choreograph every step of this disgusting dance defies even minimal intelligence. Which means, sadly, that millions of people will believe it.