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What the PM said about what the PMO knew about what Nigel Wright did

Who was aware of the deal between Nigel Wright and Mike Duffy?


 

On June 5, in response to the 17th and last question he would take that afternoon in Question Period, the Prime Minister made a fairly definitive statement about who in his office was aware of Nigel Wright’s decision to use personal funds to assist Mike Duffy.

“Mr. Speaker, as I have said repeatedly, it was Mr. Wright who made the decision to take his personal funds and give those to Mr. Duffy so that Mr. Duffy could reimburse the taxpayers,” the Prime Minister reviewed. “Those were his decisions. They were not communicated to me or to members of my office.”

Almost exactly a month later, the RCMP’s application for a production order was unsealed and contained therein was the report of a letter sent by one of Nigel Wright’s lawyers to the office of RCMP Corporal Greg Horton.

On June 21, 2013 my office received a letter from Peter Mantas, which I have read, advising that Mr. Wright recalls that he told the following people that he would personally provide funds to repay Duffy’s claimed secondary residence expenses:

a. David van Hemmen (PMO)
b. Benjamin Perrin (PMO)
c. Chris Woodcock (PMO)
d. Senator Irving Gerstein

By that account then, Mr. Wright’s decision would seem to have been communicated to at least three members of Mr. Harper’s staff, including the director of issues management and the special advisor and legal counsel. (Cpl. Horton’s report that Mr. Wright claimed that he “told the following people that he would personally provide funds” (emphasis mine) suggests that they were made aware before the funds were provided, not after the fact, but obviously it would be useful to have a copy of the letter or further testimony in this regard.)

So was the Prime Minister unaware on June 5 that three members of his staff—two current and one, by then, former—were aware of Mr. Wright’s decision to personally provide funds? I asked the Prime Minister’s Office and was told in response only that “this file was handled by Nigel Wright and he has taken sole responsibility” and that “the affidavit is clear that the Prime Minister was not aware of the payment.”


 

What the PM said about what the PMO knew about what Nigel Wright did

  1. If Harper learns to tell the truth the first time he’s asked a question he won’t have to keep changing his story.

    • Owl ; if you don’t like Harper’s ‘first truth” ,
      He’ll create another for you .
      Now , have a good nite , try thinking Right ,
      Dear Leader’s only trying to propagandize you !

  2. No wonder the number of public service “communications staff” has multiplied exponentially in this government’s time. It takes legions of them just to monitor, cross-tabulate, spin, re-configure, re-position, re-frame, synchronize, and harmonize all the lies that pour forth daily.

    Even tightly centralizing message command in the PMO eventually fails to control the web of contradictions.

    • monitor, cross-tabulate, spin, re-configure, re-position, re-frame, synchronize, and harmonize .. LOL well said

      • And then they send out Billy Bob….

        • …the newly-appointed Royal Master of the Irrelevant Insult….

    • True. All that needs be added is the correct spelling of ‘cross-tabulate’, It should be ‘cross-fabulate’. Slip on the ol’ keys, for sure.

      • damn autocorrect ;)

    • Deny , deny , deny——–Repeat , repeat, repeat

      The tax payer funded PMO spin-machine
      Hoping to soon have Canadians heads washed clean

      Dog , you ain’t alone , your not just neurotic !

  3. Canadians are just sick at heart at the revelations that our Conservative Govt has been gaming us, involved in crime, cover up and lies in the PMO & PM. I will work tirelessly to make sure every voter in Canada knows the truth about this arrogant corrupt CPC before the next, election. Can we even hold an election in Canada without the cheating and fraud? Hope so!

    • Make sure you have the Stephen Harper quote handy regarding who is responsible when they are the leader of a country. Or at least in the case of the Liberals and Adscam Harper felt this way. For himself, he apparently has different standards.

      “The Prime Minister personally ordered adscam done and chose the people who executed the plan. At the very least he fostered an attitude within the party, chose the managers who committed these crimes and completely and utterly failed to exercise any oversight, supervision or leadership. In the end it does not really matter. He is the leader and a leader is responsible for the actions of the people he leads.’ ”

    • Canadians will be feeling more than ” just sick at heart ” when the true cost of Harper’s “honest and ethical” Conservative government are known !
      Steve ” gaming us ” Is not an ” honest error ” thing …………..

  4. The more these guys crash the crazier the ignorant excuses become.

  5. Apparently Stephen Harper is excluded from all PMO decisions that have the potential to bring down his government or send him to prison. Otherwise, he is firmly in control.

  6. hubris or hybris —n. 1. pride or arrogance. 2. (in Greek tragedy) an excess of ambition, pride, etc, ultimately causing the transgressor’s ruin. [C19: from Greek].

  7. I couldn’t help but notice this week, the contrast between all three federal leaders when it comes to facing the public and reporters. harper was in Calgary trying to hide from reporters, Justin in SK. surrounded by reporters and tom over in France, hoping to run into Canadian reporters. so who looks like they have something to hide ?

    • Actually Mulcair was in Calgary this week. He goes to France next week.

      • he(tom)will still be looking for Canadian reporters.

  8. Will the RCMP question Nigel Wright as a witness or a defendant ?

    Will Steven Harper be given the opportunity to repeat his statements UNDER OATH before the JUDICIARY ?

    ” Clean and Ethical ” ; Steve, are you playing ‘ Goebbels ‘ games ?

    • I believe Stephen Joseph Harper would and could lie directly to any question be it under oath in a court of law or not. SJ Harper is an expert liar and his delusions of grandeur add to the ease with which he can do it.

  9. This is another place to insert the Stephen Harper of 2005 quote regarding adscam and who was responsible for that.

    “The Prime Minister personally ordered adscam done and chose the people who executed the plan. At the very least he fostered an attitude within the party, chose the managers who committed these crimes and completely and utterly failed to exercise any oversight, supervision or leadership. In the end it does not really matter. He is the leader and a leader is responsible for the actions of the people he leads.’ ”

    But now it seems Harper can exempt himself from any responsibility even though I have no doubt he still holds all Liberals responsible for anything they have ever done he didn’t approve of. What a piece of work this guy is. Some psychologist would have a hay day with this guys delusions.

  10. The reason the Harper government has to read from talking points is because the lies have to be kept up. It’s easy to speak openly when you have been honest with people, lie and the lies just keep piling up until finally you look as ignorant, incompetent, hypocritical, arrogant and delusional as this leader and his entire party now look.

  11. The Bay Street “Wonder Boy” Nigel Wright DOES NOT
    GIVE AWAY HIS OWN MONEY! Not a single
    dime came out of Wright’s pocket!

    It would be a simple matter of Nigel Wright INVOICING the “Conservative
    Fund of Canada” account (the Conservative Party’s –> taxpayer-subsidized
    war chest <—-) multiple times for some type of phony "Financial
    Consultant Fees" to accrue back the $90K.
    CPC treates that Fund's coffer as their private "Honey Pot."

    Are there any conversations between Conservative Senator
    Irving Gerstein (Harper’s bagman) and the PMO about Nigel getting paid back
    from the “Conservative Fund of Canada” — the federal party’s war chest Gerstein
    once chaired.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/social/MyTake/mike-duffy-nigel-wright-unanswered-questions_n_3314315_254934263.html

    ….

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