Just in case anyone thinks the Tories could, as a rule, never engage in election-time fancy footwork, the Ontario Superior Court has already ruled, in the unfortunate case of Allan Riddell, that yes they could.
Riddell is the Ottawa-area candidate who quit in return for payment, then sued when the Tories didn’t pay. The Harper party’s public claim was that there was never a deal. Their courtroom claim was that, by acknowledging the existence of the deal in public, Riddell voided it. You and I can spot the gap between public and courtroom claims. The judge found the courtroom claim to be baseless.
This is just in case you don’t have enough to read about Conservative election-time fancy footwork today.