Many questions remain unanswered, particularly pertaining to why the cheque was given and how much Prime Minister Stephen Harper actually knew about the affair. While the implicated Conservatives insist Harper didn't know, it is hard to believe considering the firm grip of control he has on the government and "not knowing" will hardly be a valid excuse to Canadians when Harper charged in 2006 that former Prime Ministers Jean Chretien's and Paul Martin's unknowing wouldn't whitewash.
Speaking of whitewash, CTV learned the audit obtained by the senate was whitewashed by Conservatives before it was released in an effort to protect Duffy and follow through with the agreement on February 20. Many still don't know what the agreement entailed and this is why an investigation is necessary.
At a press conference this afternoon, NDP ethics critic Charlie Angus said he wrote to RCMP commissioner Robert Paulson asking for an investigation.
“I am concerned that such acts may violate the laws that the RCMP is charged with upholding and enforcing. I request that the RCMP take these concerns into account, investigate promptly and take all appropriate action," Angus writes in the letter.
At the conference, Angus urged Harper to "come clean" about what he knew of the affair. Harper has been notably silent throughout the entire affair.
Angus also wants to know about the validity of Wright's claim in his resignation. "I did not advise the prime minister of the means by which Senator Duffy's expenses were repaid, either before or after the fact," Wright said in his resignation statement.
"Stephen Harper is famous for his control over his government and MPs," said Angus. "And we're expected to believe that [he was unaware that] his chief of staff was negotiating a secret deal to pay off Mr. Duffy?"
"The Senate has shown absolutely no leadership on this...they have been pitiful in their response," noted Angus. "It seems that they're more interested in protecting their own. So I ask the Senate: 'Where are you guys?'"
“Canadians deserve the truth – something they have not gotten yet from the prime minister or the Conservatives.”
"There's going to be a new code on Parliament Hill: bend the rules, you will be punished; break the law, you will be charged; abuse the public trust, you will go to prison. If you behave unethically or dishonestly then do not expect a reward from this Prime Minister of Canada."It is ironic the tough on crime Prime Minister needed the NDP to go to the RCMP for him. One would think that with Robocall and now The Duffy Affair, an innocent Prime Minister with integrity would call a public inquiry and lay down the law as Harper promised but nothing has happened.
It is too late for Harper to fix his image, his credibility is gone on this matter and Canadians aren't buying their talking points. It turns out something Harper once said about the Liberals now applies to him.
"When does a government decide it's time to become accountable? After 10 years? After they've proven how reckless they can be with our money? Maybe it's when Canadians for good reason begin to question their accountability. I believe that when a government has to decide to become accountable, it's time to demand a higher standard of government. It's time to demand better."
Stephen Harper, 2004 accountability campaign.