The Conservative Party of Canada is in danger of running out of people to throw under the bus.
The pressure is on the federal government to answer questions regarding the senate scandal. Increasingly, the demand for accountability is falling directly on Prime Minister Harper.
On Tuesday, Senator Mike Duffy, facing suspension, took direct shots at Harper. Duffy claimed he had a meeting with Harper and his former chief, Nigel Wright. In the meeting, Harper allegedly told Duffy to repay the $90,000 in improper expenses.
If that’s true, it implies Harper knew about Wright’s cheque to Duffy. Wright was fired for that mistake.
Harper has repeatedly denied he had any knowledge of Wright’s cheque to Duffy.
Duffy, along with senators Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau, created the most substantial crisis Harper’s government has dealt with since assuming power.
It’s not over yet.
Waiting for this senate storm to pass has not made it disappear. After Duffy’s comments on Tuesday, the prime minister had no choice but to take every question addressed to him on the matter in question period Wednesday.
Harper said any assertions about his involvement or knowledge in Wright’s cheque to Duffy was false.
Duffy is a man with little to lose. In his view, he was — and continues to be — the victim of a “political scheme.”
Harper is one of the best politicians this country has ever seen. His abilities to control his own party and keep media carnivores at bay have earned him a majority government.
The Conservatives have made several political missteps, but the party has always succeeded in removing them from public consciousness.
The senate scandals will not fade away, not even by 2015 for the next federal election. It will be a topic that is brought up during the campaign trail and debates. Canadians know that there is something wrong with the rules of the Senate, but the election won’t be decided by senate reform. The next election will be decided by which of the three parties has the public’s trust.
The Conservatives have kept our economy relatively strong and have gotten tougher on crime, but the party that appealed to some because of its unity is now more renowned for its constant flow of scapegoats.
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