Montreal Simon: Nigel Wright and the Con Scandal That Won’t Die

The timing couldn't have been more embarrassing for the Cons. On Saturday they will choose a new leader, and Rona Ambrose is still desperately trying to whip up interest in the event… The big day is almost here – on Saturday we're going to find out who Canada's next Prime Minister will be! #cpcldr pic.twitter.com/AxQDlO8h4S — Rona ...

Montreal Simon: The Duffy Trial and Stephen Harper’s Lawyer’s Letter

When the judge at the Duffy trial delivered his verdict, and his scathing indictment of the Harper PMO, I couldn't help wondering what Stephen Harper must have been thinking.And now we all know. He wasn't too happy. He must have been furious.Or humiliated beyond recognition.And had instructed his lawyer to write an open letter to Canadians.Read ...

Montreal Simon: The Duffy Trial: Why the RCMP Still Doesn’t Get It

Almost two years ago Gilles Michaud, the RCMP's Assistant Commissioner, held a splashy news conference to announce that the force had laid no less than 31 charges against Mike Duffy.And despite the way the trial went, a few hours before the verdict came down, he sent out a memo to staff members.Which in retrospect couldn't be more ...

Montreal Simon: Michael Harris On Why the Truth In the Duffy Case Must Be Flushed Out

Yesterday I wrote that the RCMP owed Canadians an explanation about  the way it handled the Duffy case.Because it has raised some disturbing questions about the relationship between the police and the Harper regime, that strike at the heart of our democracy.And now Michael Harris has a lot more questions for everyone involved.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Duffy’s Revenge and the Ashes of Stephen Harper’s Legacy

I'm pretty sure Mike Duffy must dream of telling Stephen Harper what he thinks of him. Dream of suing him, and his little monsters in the PMO, and his Senate stooges, for what they did to him.But his legal options are limited. His lawyer says he is battling serious health issues.So it probably was his last hurrah.But ...

Montreal Simon: The Duffy Trial: Why the RCMP Owes Canadians an Explanation

When Justice Charles Vaillancourt acquitted Mike Duffy, he brought down his gavel on the head of quite a few others.He savaged Stephen Harper's PMO for the way it had tried to cover-up a scandal. He heaped scorn on the Senators who had treated Duffy so badly, and on the crown for the way it prosecuted the case.And ...

Montreal Simon: The Duffy Verdict and the Cowardly Con Losers

Nobody really expected Stephen Harper to comment on the Mike Duffy verdict. Not after the way the trial judge blasted the sleazy behaviour of his monstrous PMO.And he didn't. His office didn't even respond to media requests for a statement. But he wasn't the only Con running for cover.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Michael Harris on the Duffy Verdict and the Harper Nightmare

In one of my last posts I looked at the fallout from the Duffy trial. Celebrated the way the judge's scathing indictment had damaged what was left of Stephen Harper's legacy.Rejoiced at the way it must have left him quivering in his closet.And of course roared with laughter at how Mike Duffy's acquittal turned out to be the ultimate ...

Montreal Simon: The Duffy Verdict: The Judge Slams Stephen Harper’s PMO

Well today was going to be the day Stephen Harper finally emerged from the closet where he has been hiding. The day the Duffy trial finally ended.But sadly for Great Feathered Leader it seems he's going to have to stay there a while lot longer. Or move to Paraguay.Because while the trial judge acquitted Ol' ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Day of Reckoning

Well I think it's safe to say that Stephen Harper will not be seen anywhere near Parliament Hill today.And that he will spend yet another day hiding from Canadians.Because today would not be a very good day to come out of the closet.For three very good reasons.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Mike Duffy and the Ghastly Portrait of Stephen Harper

It was if the air was suddenly let out of the balloon. One moment the prosecutor was pounding Mike Duffy. The next moment he wasn't. The trial was suddenly adjourned. Ol' Duff was cut loose and left to float gently in the general direction of the ground.Without even being asked about the biggest charge against him, the bribery ...

Montreal Simon: The Day Mike Duffy Pointed the Finger at Stephen Harper

It was the day Stephen Harper had been dreading. The one that has forced him to keep such a low profile some are calling him the invisible man of Parliament.Or depending on your point of view, the invisible maniac…  Driven crazy by defeat.It was the dreaded day Mike Duffy mounted the stand, and pointed the ...

Montreal Simon: Mike Duffy Says Stephen Harper Can’t Be trusted

Well the big day finally arrived. Mike Duffy finally got the chance to take the stand and tell his side of the story.And although it would have been better before the election than after it. And we didn't really need to know that Duffy now needs regular injections in his eyeballs. He didn't disappoint me.For not ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Invisible Man

I don't know whether Stephen Harper will turn up for Question Period today, because he didn't bother or dare to attend the Throne Speech.And people are starting to call him the invisible man. The man who can't be seen, or dare not show his face. Because he's either too crushed, or too humiliated, or can't stand the ...

Montreal Simon: Could Stephen Harper Be Forced To Testify At the Duffy Trial?

When we last saw Stephen Harper he was running or waddling quickly down a corridor, in a desperate attempt to escape the media.Or as portrayed in this Le Devoir cartoon, crawling out the back window for the same reason… But according to some parliamentary experts, he could soon be running for his political life.Should Mike ...

Montreal Simon: More Evidence the Duffy Scandal Is Destroying Stephen Harper

It was a shocking and deeply disturbing sight. And it could only make Canadians wonder whether Stephen Harper was still mentally fit to be Prime Minister.For there he was today, trying to mock the size of Justin Trudeau's deficit.But only managing to look more crazy and more desperate.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Duffy Trial Adjourns But a New Poll Shows it Has Hurt Stephen Harper

The Duffy trial has adjourned and won't get going again until after the election.So you might think that Stephen Harper would be letting out a giant sigh of relief.But sadly for him, the trial may be over.But as a new poll shows the damage has been done. Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Duffy Scandal, the PMO, and the Corruption of Stephen Harper

If you've never had the misfortune of sharing a room, or an elevator, with a member of Stephen Harper's PMO, you need to know some things:They wear the scent or the stench of their cult leader, like a dog happily wears the stench of rotting road kill. They swagger around like bullies drunk with power, but have ...

In This Corner: Stuff Happens, week 32: Markets dive; Calgary has arena envy

OK, now I don’t want to panic anyone, but if you’re in the stock market, I have a few words of advice. GET OUT NOW!! IT’S A BLOODBATH, PEOPLE!! Just a suggestion. On Friday, markets around the world went in the crapper. the reason being, apparently, China. Seem the world’s no. 2 economy is loosing ...

Montreal Simon: Senategate: Most Canadians Believe Stephen Harper is Lying

As we all know Stephen Harper has a lot of other problems to worry about. The economy is tanking, and so are his polls.And as we know he has other fish to fry… But he should also worry about his drowning credibility.Because when it comes to the Senate scandal most Canadians think he's lying.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Nightmare Week in Campaign Hell

I can only imagine Stephen Harper's state of mind,  after what must have been for him a week in the hell of his own making.For it was the week the Duffy scandal shredded what was left of his credibility. The week his campaign went off the rails.The week that revealed the ugly face of his angry ...

Montreal Simon: The Duffy Cover-Up: Why the RCMP Must Explain Itself

Now that we know that Stephen Harper's lawyer believed that Nigel Wright had Harper sign off on a five-point plan to payoff Mike Duffy. That good to go really meant good to go. And now that we know this:Donald Bayne, Duffy’s defence lawyer, read from the transcript of a police interview Perrin did a year ago: ...

Politics and its Discontents: Your Morning Smile

Pinocchio, Snow White and Superman are out for a stroll in town one day. As they walk, they came across a sign: “Beauty contest for the most beautiful woman in the world.” “I am entering,” said Snow White. After half an hour she comes out and they ask her, “Well, how did you do?” ” ...

Montreal Simon: Duffygate: Benjamin Perrin Demolishes the Harperite Conspiracy

Benjamin Perrin had only been the PMO lawyer for a year before the Duffy scandal erupted so he wasn't part of the Con cult.He never drank the Koolaid.So today when his turn came to testify at the Duffy trial he let the truth fly. And managed to knock down Stephen Harper, Nigel Wright, and Ray Novak. Read ...

Politics and its Discontents: Sympathy For The Devil?

With tongue firmly ensconced in his cheek, Andrew Coyne writes that we are being too hard on Stephen Harper, a prime minister who has been cruelly betrayed by all those in whom he placed an absolute trust: You will be familiar with the picture we have created of him: suspicious, paranoid, controlling, a leader who ...