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The Senate’s investigation of Mike Duffy is like a game of Clue

The first draft is leaked and fingers are pointed


While the Canadian Press and the Globe compare how the Senate report on Mike Duffy was edited—the Citizen posted the original report this afternoon—Global says it was Conservative Senator Carolyn Stewart Olsen, Stephen Harper’s former press secretary, who moved the motion at the internal economy committee to make the revisions. CTV and the CBC say Stewart Olsen and Senator David Tkachuk, the chair of the committee, were involved.

Liberal Senate leader James Cowan, meanwhile, has written to the internal economy committee to ask that its meetings on Mike Duffy be held in public.

Yesterday, the Senate referred back to your Committee your twenty-second report (Examination of Senator Duffy’s Primary and Secondary Residence Status) so that it can be reconsidered in view of recent public allegations of double-billing and other questionable living expense claims by Senator Duffy.

In view of the widespread media stories questioning whether the proceedings of the committee on the original report were conducted in an impartial and independent manner, I request that you proceed with the reconsideration of the report in public.

In order to regain the public’s trust, Canadians need to be reassured that this crisis will be dealt with fairly, impartially and comprehensively, and that can only be achieved by ensuring that all future meetings on this matter are held in public.

In other news, the Star reports that Mr. Duffy seems to have claimed Senate expenses during a week when the Senate wasn’t sitting.


The Senate’s investigation of Mike Duffy is like a game of Clue

  1. OK. Someone please explain this to me.

    Obviously there are other senators from other parties on this committee.

    How could 2 Conservative senators singlehandedly alter a report without the other committee members’ knowledge?


  2. Heh….more like a game of ‘No Clue’

  3. A message for Tkachuk and Olsen:

    “If you think your boss is stupid, remember: you wouldn’t have a job if he was any smarter.”
    — John Gottman

  4. Is no one else going to mention Stephen Harper’s huge ‘tell’ when he finally answered a question on this thing.

    He was lying through his teeth, he knew everything. His eyes avoiding the camera and the reflection in his voice are a dead giveaway.

  5. “…. Global says it was Conservative Senator Carolyn Stewart Olsen …. ”

    Conservative Party, Conservative Party über alles,
    Über alles in der Welt,
    Wenn es stets zu Schutz und Trutze
    Brüderlich zusammenhält.
    Von der Gaspésie bis an die Rockies,
    Von der Point Pelee bis an de Eureka,
    Conservative Party, Conservative Party über alles,
    Über alles in der Welt

    • Gee, have you been inspired by Richard’s 200th birthday?

      I hear something else, with The Twilight of the Gods as background…, the ominous Hier sitz ich zur Wacht:

  6. Carolyn Stewart Olsen is a Senator for New Brunswick. She has worked in Ottawa for the Reform/Alliance/Conservative parties for the last two decades, and before that she apparently worked as a nurse at hospitals in the Ottawa area. Unless she commuted from Sackville all those years, she doesn’t sound like a New Brunswick resident to me…

    • Good point. Somebody ( a reporter or is that too much to hope for?) should be ticking these off and making a list one by one till they’re all covered.

  7. Is this not relatively obvious?

    Wright & the former legal advisor both offered very narrow – almost stilted – denials. The former denying PMSH was aware of the “means” of payment. The latter denied beingninvolved in the “decision” to pay from Wright’s personal funds.

    PMSH has unequivocally denied being involved in the decision for Wright to hand over $90

    So, what does this leave? It leaves what they haven’t denied. To wit, no one has denied there was some sort of scheme to neuter the senate audits and/or committee reports. No one has denied PMSH was aware of and/or involved in such a deal.

    No big deal, right? PMs make deals with the Senate leadership all,the time.

    • Problem is sections 119 & 121 of the criminal code are pretty clear that money can’t change hands in these sort of deals.

      That’s the threat to the PMO if not directly to the PM

  8. Does anyone anywhere have any confidence in Mary Dawson to get to the bottom of this?, or like most of Ottawa is she a Harper lackey?
    And is anyone concerned that he has developed some degree of control through Toews over the RCMP?

    • I have no confidence in the Ethics Commissioner position, period. Worst idea ever invented in Canadian politics.

      Every scandal now plays out the same.

      1) Scandal!
      2) I did nothing wrong!
      3) Call in the Ethics Commissioner
      4) Ethics Commissioner opens investigation
      5) “I can’t comment while an investigation is underway. Let the Ethics Commissioner do his/her work”
      6) Ethics Commissioner issues findings
      7) “I’ll follow all of the ECs recommendations. I’m vindicated! It will never happen again”.

      Ethical behaviour has not improved since the introduction of the Ethics commissioner. The position has become a crutch for ethically challenged politicians to lean on, to pretend that they don’t know what they do is wrong. The position should be abolished.

      • Can the ethic commissioner say get a hold of phone logs, like the PM’s phone logs? Or the emails the opposition is asking for?

  9. It was Doug Finley in his last act of roguishness…

    • Is “roguishness” a euphemism for criminality?

      • Let me check if he’s hot or cold.