Thursday, October 31, 2013

After a dressing-down for lousy political management, this grassroots Tory offers Harper some advice: "The only thing you can do now is to man up, lay everything out, including any paper trail that might exist, accept responsibility and be sincere with the apology. If you really didn't know what was going on in the PMO, that's unfortunate -- as most people see you as someone who was in control of absolutely everything -- but regardless, as the great U.S. president Harry Truman said: "The buck stops here." The buck really does stop with you -- and if you think that kicking Duffy out of the Senate will shut him up, you should think again."

Like the Tory voter in the article below--I think the Harper guy needs to say the truth for once in his life.
I no longer believe in any of these Tory leaders.
They are nothing but unethical and greedy self serving people.
But we do deserve closure on the Senategate issue.
Before we fire Mr. Harper and crew--we want to know how the man who was on top of the Tory dunghill messed up so badly.
How did this guy --supposedly the one who respected democracy--show us that he is no better than the former EnCana boss--Gywn Morgan?
How did Harper become the top dog of a SNC-Lavalin type corruption scandal?

I'll tell you how.
He believed in his own spin.

http://www.torontosun.com/2013/10/30/do-conservatives-still-love-stephen-harper


After a dressing-down for lousy political management, this grassroots Tory offers Harper some advice:
"The only thing you can do now is to man up, lay everything out, including any paper trail that might exist, accept responsibility and be sincere with the apology. If you really didn't know what was going on in the PMO, that's unfortunate -- as most people see you as someone who was in control of absolutely everything -- but regardless, as the great U.S. president Harry Truman said: "The buck stops here." The buck really does stop with you -- and if you think that kicking Duffy out of the Senate will shut him up, you should think again."


Yeah Mr. Harper. The buck does stop with you.

Tell us what you did.
And don't wait any longer.

http://www.torontosun.com/2013/10/30/do-conservatives-still-love-stephen-harper








Do Conservatives still love Stephen Harper?

BY DAVID AKIN ,PARLIAMENTARY BUREAU CHIEF
FIRST POSTED: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2013 05:23 PM EDT | UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2013 05:54 PM EDTPrime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa Oct. 24, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
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OTTAWA - In Calgary this weekend, will they still love Stephen Harper?
If you put that question to a Conservative partisan nowadays, you might get some hemming and hawing before they admit that, yes, they're at least still pretty fond of him.
But then ask a Conservative if they are angry at the PM for the way he's botched the handling of the Senate expenses scandal and there will no hesitation: You're damn right they are!
And so, as Conservatives gather in Calgary for this weekend's biennial party convention, they will be looking for reassurance from the only leader the party has ever had that he knows what he's doing and has a plan to put what has become a serious political problem behind him and his party.
The problem is easy to see for anyone who has tuned into question period this week in the House of Commons. NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair is literally laughing at the holes in the stories Harper is presenting to the House of Commons to explain how Sen. Mike Duffy got $90,000 from Harper's former chief of staff, Nigel Wright.
The net result: In one poll out this week, from Ipsos Reid, the Tories are in third place, two points back of the Liberals and NDP which are tied at 31%. In another poll, from Ekos, the Tories are in second, 11 points back of the first-place Liberals.
Make no mistake: A healthy majority of Conservatives are on Harper's side when he now says Duffy, like Wright, should be removed from the public payroll. In the Ipsos poll, 63% of those who said they were Conservatives agreed with this point. (Mind you: 66% of Liberals and 77% of New Democrats feel this way).
So that's the good news for Harper.
But then Ipsos asked a few more questions.
When asked if they approved of the way Harper has managed the issue, one in three Conservatives across the country said they disapprove.
Asked if they believed Harper's version of events about the $90,000 cheque from Wright, nearly one in three Conservatives said, no, they did not believe the PM.
Nearly one in on three -- 27% -- do not believe their leader.
In Alberta, 48% do not believe Harper's story!
That's way too high.
And many grassroots Conservatives are letting the PM or his MPs know exactly how they feel.
Here's a letter typical of dozens I've seen that have been sent to the PM or to Tory MPs in the last week or so:
"I've been a member of the Conservative 'base' for a long time. While I am not in a position to make large financial contributions, I used to give what I could -- my income tax return for 2012 indicates I contributed some $600 last year," one supporter railed, noting that she stopped giving money when the Senate scandal first surfaced in February.
After a dressing-down for lousy political management, this grassroots Tory offers Harper some advice:
"The only thing you can do now is to man up, lay everything out, including any paper trail that might exist, accept responsibility and be sincere with the apology. If you really didn't know what was going on in the PMO, that's unfortunate -- as most people see you as someone who was in control of absolutely everything -- but regardless, as the great U.S. president Harry Truman said: "The buck stops here." The buck really does stop with you -- and if you think that kicking Duffy out of the Senate will shut him up, you should think again."
The Conservative convention begins in earnest Thursday afternoon in Calgary. On Friday evening, Harper will give a speech to the troops he leads.
Said one Tory on Parliament Hill to me Wednesday: "Yes, Conservatives do love Stephen Harper and this is one of those times I'm especially interested to hear what he has to say."

POLL

Can Stephen Harper survive this political quagmire?

  • 15%
  • Yes, he will emerge stronger.
  • 173 votes


  • 16%
  • He has some work to do.
  • 187 votes


  • 66%
  • No, this will be what sinks him.

  • 770 votes


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And where may I ask is the Nigel Wright guy?
Why don't we get his story?
When will the RCMP be done with the investigation on Duffy and Wright?
He can tell us what happened and under oath too.
Or will he lie or keep silent so that this Senategate fiasco goes on for the next two years until we fire them all?

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/10/30/it_may_be_in_nigel_wrights_power_to_destroy_stephen_harper_hbert.html

It may be in Nigel Wright’s power to destroy Stephen Harper: Hébert

Is Nigel Wright, the prime minister's former chief of staff, the evil mastermind behind a scheme to cover up Mike Duffy’s controversial expenses?

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Only a saint or alternatively someone with a guilty conscience would continue to play dead as his former boss wreaks irreparable damage on his or her reputation.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper can only pray that former chief of staff Nigel Wright falls squarely in one or the other category.
In the House of Commons on Tuesday, the prime ministerdepicted Wright as a deceptive political operator.
Harper openly contended that when his top aide cut Mike Duffy a personal cheque to covertly reimburse a Senate housing allowance on the senator’s behalf he actively engaged in a deception that duped his boss along with all Canadians.
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To listen to Harper, Wright abused his trust.
As an aside, if the sight of a prime minister who says he is very angry about a dubious scheme cooked up without his knowledge by backroom operators feels like déjà vu, it is because Harper has now replicated former prime minister Paul Martin’s initial response to the sponsorship scandal.
A major difference is that Martin was not in charge when the sponsorship program went off the rails and he had not hired those who ran it.
The Duffy affair has unfolded on Harper’s watch and under his nose.
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No amount of prime ministerial finger-pointing can manage to clear up some stubborn grey zones in the evolving Conservative narrative.
It remains unexplained for instance why Wright felt he had to go to the lengths that he did on Duffy’s behalf.
It has now been acknowledged by the prime minister that other Conservative associates had a part in what Harper now calls a deception. If Wright was going rogue, if the route he chose to put the Senate controversy to rest was taking the PMO far out of the ethical boundaries set by the prime minister, why did no one feel compelled to give Harper a heads-up?
Only Wright can provide more clarity to these issues. He may have plausible reasons not to break his silence but at this juncture one can only guess what they could be.
It may be that he truly is the evil mastermind behind this uncommon scheme and that until this week Harper had been covering up for him out of compassion and loyalty to a former staffer.
If that is the case the prime minister has nothing to fear from his former chief of staff. Wright should actually be grateful that Harper held off for so long before throwing his body to the sharks who are circling his office this week.
Or, in the alternative, it may be that Wright is allowing Harper to methodically destroy his reputation because he is ultimately more committed to seeing the prime minister survive this fiasco than to salvaging his own good name.
Under this scenario Harper can only thank his lucky stars to have chanced upon such a benevolent individual to act as his chief of staff. For it is now in Wright’s power — if he has a case to make for himself to clear his name — to destroy the prime minister.
Harper’s credibility has already taken a beating over the past two weeks. For the first time since he has become Conservative leader, a poll — done by Ipsos for CTV — had his party in third place in voting intentions.
Another poll, by Ekos, had the Conservatives tied with the NDP for second place — albeit with barely the support of one in four voters.
Earlier this week some Conservative strategists found solace in the fact that Ipsos also reported that three out of four Canadians want Duffy, Patrick Brazeau and Pamela Wallin off the Senate payroll.
But the proportion of those who believe that Harper is lying about his role in the affair is almost as high. And two-thirds of respondents feel that he has mismanaged the issue.
According to Ekos, even as they have precious little time for Duffy, twice as many voters believe the discredited senator over Harper.
How many would it be if the prime minister’s word was stacked against that of a former chief of staff for whose honour he so repeatedly vouched for until this week?

Chantal Hébert is a national affairs writer. Her column appears Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Bert in Burnaby
Stevie Blunder's pathetic attempts to take the heat off of him yesterday was reminiscent of Moe Howard (3 Stooges fame) trying to make a useless escape by pointing into the air while trying to have the crowd look while the Stooges ran away. This time he points at Tom Mulcair and is trying to get out of town to Calgary where he "thinks" things will go his way and he can avoid controversies and pump himself up.

He should take the opportunity to resign and allow Canada to begin to heal from his attempts to make the Cons the Tea Party North.

Mr silly pants
Wright is young, has a bright future ahead of him and is already very wealthy. He could probably retire if he wanted. But these high acheiving bay st types know how the game is played. I'm sure Harper has spoken with Wright about his change in postion. Its all part of the game. Wright is in with ONex corp and likely has a guaranteed postion there for life. IN his small circle they all know he is taking one for the team. This canary won't sing until put under oath and harper will do anything to keep that from happening.