“A dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest. Honestly… it’s the honest ones you want to watch out for because you can never predict when they’re going to do something incredibly… stupid.” Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp)
As a political junkie the Mike Duffy trial has been fascinating to follow. The tendrils of corruption reaching into the highest office in the land. An honest man ( Nigel Wright) caught up in a web of contradictions exposed by a string of emails, and statements from his fellow staffers. A Prime Minister allegedly oblivious to the truth; that a conspiracy was being hatched to protect him.
As a Journalist there are still questions to be answered. What makes Mike Duffy of all people deserving of protection? Is it some secret he found about Harper that he’s threatened to expose if his expenses weren’t paid? When the Conservatives found out about Duffy’s expense issue why didn’t they let the guy hang? And why didn’t Nigel Wright pay the $90 thousand and be quiet about it? (I bet secretly he wishes he did).
It may not matter now who knew about the payment because the damage has been done. The testimony this week has exposed a Prime Minister’s office who will go to great lengths to keep power. The emails have shed some light on the cynical, manipulative underbelly of Canadian politics. It’s proving the ages old adage: the cover-up is always worse than the crime.
The damage to Harper’s reputation might be even worse. He can come out and promise us the moon, stars, and everything in between. But he’ll still be the guy who named Mike Duffy to the Senate. And there’s no escaping the inevitable conclusion that if he hadn’t then we wouldn’t be here. He’s either ignorant of the goings-on in his own office, or outright lying to people he’s hoping to continue representing. Deciding which is up to us.