Cornwall ON – Jaffergate is sparking a larger fire as politicians keep raising questions about what hasn’t been discovered yet and how the Harper government has been dealing with what has been disclosed to date.
NDP MP Thomas Mulcair suggested Jaffer was deliberately directing his questions to parliamentary secretaries, knowing it would end up on a minister’s desk, knowing the parliamentary secretaries were not subject to the Lobbying Act.
“It would appear that is the case,” Mulcair told reporters outside the House.
That and using his wife’s Ministerial email account to communicate with the government definitely shows smoke to which there appears to be some sort of fire.
What is most alarming is that Mr. Jaffer was let off of his criminal charges with the lightest of wrist slaps. Was that done because of what is now only trickling out to the public? How can a government cry out to be “TOUGH ON CRIME” while allowing or perpetuating crime? Or is it only the few crimes that make better news bites that these laws are aimed at as opposed to fraud which is the biggest and least treated crime in Canada?
“The only reason I ever used the Blackberry was to keep track of what my wife’s schedule was,” Jaffer told the committee.
Yet the documents clearly show Jaffer sending emails related to his own work while using at least one email account to Guergis’ office – appearing to the recipient as either “Guergis, Helena – Assistant 2” or “HELENA GUERGIS.”
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