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Duffy charges haunt Harper

Posted on July 18, 2014 | No Comments

“it is worrisome that the head of our nation may well be required to explain in the courts his part in a bribery and corruption scandal. In most other democratic nations a PM in this situation would surely have cleared the air or stepped down by now. Read on…

Toronto Star
Editorial

Sen. Mike Duffy faces a world of woe defending himself against the avalanche of criminal charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have just laid against him. But Prime Minister Stephen Harper, too, needs to steel himself for rough days ahead.

As Duffy’s prosecution gets underway the Harper government once again – deservedly – finds itself in the unforgiving dock of public opinion with next year’s election looming.

The sheer breadth of the 31 charges against Duffy – one of Harper’s marquee Senate appointees – caught many on Parliament Hill by surprise. The RCMP allege that he misused more than $200,000 in taxpayers’ funds.

Duffy is to appear in court the day after Parliament resumes on Sept. 15 for the fall session.

He is charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust in relation to corruptly receiving $90,000 from Harper’s former chief of staff Nigel Wright to pay for Duffy’s residency expense claims. Duffy is also charged with fraud and breach of trust for making bogus claims amounting to $90,000 in the first place. He is charged as well with making $50,000 worth of travel and personal expense claims unrelated to Senate business. And for allegedly misusing for personal gain or for expenses that got around Senate oversight some of the $60,000 he awarded in consulting contracts over four years.

Duffy insists he is innocent of any criminal wrongdoing and can be counted on to mount a colourful, spirited and potentially politically-damaging defence.

He has already accused people close to Harper of concocting “a dirty scheme” to make a politically embarrassing situation relating to his dodgy expenses go away by sweeping it under the rug and shielding him from the scrutiny of an independent audit. He says he didn’t want to participate in a repayment scheme concocted by Wright and the Prime Minister’s Office.

If Duffy’s legal proceedings shed more light on this, including the way the PMO tried to manage fallout from the Senate misspending scandal, they may well clear the air at Harper’s expense.

Already the opposition New Democrats and Liberals are trying to draw Harper back into a scandal of which he said he had no knowledge, accusing him of “poor judgment” in appointing Duffy and saying that Harper still hasn’t fully explained his role leading up to Wright’s decision to cut Duffy a cheque to cover his dubious expenses.

If figures such as Wright, Harper’s former leader in the Senate Marjory LeBreton or Conservative Fund chairman Irving Gerstein are called to testify, the public may hear for the first time from insiders how this affair played out. While the RCMP has no evidence to suggest that Harper was personally involved in the minutiae of the Wright/Duffy deal, people close to him were

As the Star has said before, this scandal has damaged Harper’s image as a shrewd political operator and an efficient manager.

After promising to govern with “integrity and transparency” Harper named partisan, unfit cronies to the Senate, including Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau, then watched them become embroiled in claims of misspending. In Duffy’s case those close to Harper tried to run damage control on a problem that Harper created by appointing a senator who lacked the basic qualification of living in the province he purported to represent.

The Senate spending scandal has thrown the Conservative government off-track, shredded its credibility, demoralized the party and appalled the public. And if Duffy is to be believed we haven’t yet got to the bottom of this government’s cronyism, bullying, deceit and coverup. The Tory brand has been sadly tainted. And there may be more to come.

Democracy in Action – Meet with your MP Joyce Murray this Summer!

Posted on July 17, 2014 | No Comments

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Murray welcomes independent review of sexual abuse in the Canadian Forces‏

Posted on July 14, 2014 | No Comments

(Vancouver, BC) I welcome the announcement that former Supreme Court Justice Marie Deschamps will conduct an independent review of the Canadian military’s handling of sexual misconduct.

“Former Justice Deschamps is a respected jurist and I am sure she will conduct a comprehensive investigation into the causes of sexual abuse in the Military”, said Joyce Murray MP for Vancouver Quadra and Liberal National Defence Critic. “However I am disappointed that her mandate does not extend to a review of the working of the military’s legal system. Prevention and reporting are just part of the process. The military justice system is not in the scope of this review, but is a key component, and it’s failings could be critical to the continued problem of sexual assault.”

Expert analyses suggest that there are over 1,780 sexual assaults per year in the Canadian Forces—that is five assaults per day – most of which are never reported.

“This rampant epidemic must be corrected,” added Murray. “The Minister should include the military justice process in the scope of this review so Ms. Deschamps can get to the root causes of the problem and identify the changes needed to create a safe and respectful workplace.”

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Defeating the Harper Conservatives is the only way to stop Enbridge

Posted on June 20, 2014

Posted June 20, 2014 Rallies in Vancouver, the recent plebiscite in Kitimat, the unwavering opposition of First Nations, and the thousands of submissions to the National […]

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Protecting the privacy of Canadians by strengthening the oversight of CSEC

Posted on June 19, 2014

June 19, 2014 Protecting the privacy of Canadians by strengthening the oversight of CSEC (Ottawa, ON) A Private Member`s Bill introduced by Joyce Murray, MP for […]

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MP Joyce Murray asks BC Conservative MPs how they could support Northern Gateway

Posted on June 19, 2014

Ms. Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, B.C.’s Premier Christy Clark is clear that the northern gateway pipeline does not meet her five conditions. Despite […]

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MP Joyce Murray tables a Private Member’s Bill on Parliamentary oversight of CSEC

Posted on June 18, 2014

Ms. Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra, Lib.) Mr. Speaker, I rise today introduce my bill, the CSEC accountability and transparency act. The Liberal Party of Canada has a […]

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MP Joyce Murray condemns approval of Northern Gateway Pipeline

Posted on June 18, 2014

Ms. Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, yesterday, much to the dismay of millions of British Columbians, indigenous and non-indigenous alike, and Canadians from coast […]

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MP Joyce Murray asks why PM won`t listen to BC and reject Northern Gateway Pipeline

Posted on June 17, 2014

Ms. Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, I think the minister is getting a bit uncomfortable with his weak excuses. Doug Eyford, the government’s own […]

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Annual MP Canada Day BBQ and Picnic at Locarno Beach

Posted on June 16, 2014

I want to invite you and your family to join me this Canada Day for my annual MP Picnic at Locarno Beach with a free barbecue […]

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