CFN – Stephen Harper finds himself in a strange quandary and one that will impact his legacy as a Prime Minister of this Great Country.
The Senate Scandal that has his own appointee, journalist Mike Duffy, at its centre clearly is pointing at his desk.
You can’t have a tight controlling PM not know what’s going on in his own office or involving such a hot potato as the mess that Mr. Duffy is at the centre of.
While the plausible deniability and missing conclusive proof may work in a court room as we’ve seen with Toronto Mayor Rob Ford the longer you drag out a lie; especially in politics; when the public clearly feels you’re lying the worse the impact when the ugly truth comes out.
The ugly truth in this case is that clearly the Duffy situation was handled at the highest levels of government office; ie The PM himself via Nigel Wright and Mr. Harper’s inner trusted circle.
That in itself isn’t as damning as one might think at some levels; but for a politician who rode into power screaming Adscam across the land and calling for cleaner and leaner government it’s a monumental hypocritical fail. The Senate scandal is far more partisan and abusive than Adscam and as for leaner government; well just look at our deficit.
Weaker industry; a tilting of the economy to the West and in particular to the Oil Sands which will ultimately be another mess to resolve sooner rather than later and one wonders what these last years of Harper rule were really about other than beating up Liberals?
The Blue faithful have many inward questions to ask; and as a party the Conservatives are on the precipice of falling on their own rhetoric.
Mr. Harper can also see that falling on his own sword might not be a solution after watching Dalton McGuinty turn over the keys of power to Kathleen Wynne who’s done such a bad job that Tim Hudak and even Andrea Horwath are starting to look like a viable option to some in Ontario.
If Mr. Harper wanted to show clear leadership he’d admit to the clusterpuck and move forward. It might not save the day; but it might also not lead the type of election results that occurred after Lyin Brian Mulroney fled Ottawa for Conservatives.
While that probably won’t happen the Canadian public will wait until the hammer falls and caps the sordid senate scandal.
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