The best way to
destabilize the Harper argument is to involve as many others players as
possible, making it appear to be a conspiracy in the Prime Minister’s
Office and beyond, making it increasingly impossible for Canadians to
believe this elaborate operation could have unfolded without Harper
knowing what was happening in his own office.
It helps, as well, if
some of those involved could be considered especially close to the prime
minister, so that they might be known generically as “Harper
loyalists.’’We also know that Duffy has previously promised that more details in this affair would become public. He has offered a sardonic nod to reporters to “stay tuned,’’ because only the former broadcaster and former Conservative senator knew where the bodies were buried.
We may have arrived at this point.
Those close to this
sordid tale believe the man from P.E.I., who has complained long and
loud about being hung out to dry by the prime minister, is embarking on
his scorched earth policy and will take down as many with him as he can.As reported by the CTV’s indefatigable Robert Fife,
Wright used two key Conservative senators in his campaign to get a
reluctant Duffy to accept the cheque to pay back money he had
David Tkachuk, the
Saskatchewan senator who until recently headed the Senate’s internal
economy committee, told Duffy, according to the CTV report, the Senate
committee would go easy on him if he accepted the Wright offer. If he
balked, CTV reported, Tkachuk told him he would lose his Senate seat.
That is the same Tkachuk whom Pamela Wallin, another former Conservative senator living under an expense cloud, accused of counselling her to go back and “restrict” information on her calendar of events when she was being audited.
The other senator
implicated in the CTV report is Carolyn Stewart-Olsen, a Harper
confidante and former director of strategic communications to the prime
minister.The emails cited by CTV also brought former Harper communications director Angelo Persichilli into the mix.This was all met with a torrent of denials and qualifications Tuesday, but the Harper narrative has been destabilized.
We already knew an RCMP affidavit says Wright recalled telling three other senior members of Harper’s office about the payment.