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Editorial Exchange: Scandal Inches Even Closer towards PM Stephen Harper

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: Scandal Inches Even Closer towards PM Stephen Harper

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Editorial Exchange: Scandal inches even closer towards PM Stephen Harper

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An editorial from the Charlottetown Guardian, published Aug. 21:

It was only a few short weeks ago that Kory Teneycke, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's chief spokesperson, ripped into Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau before the first leaders' debate August 6. As he intended - after all, the former vice president of the now-defunct Sun News network knows how to play the game - Mr. Teneycke provided the sound bite and eye-grabbing quote that everyone in the media ran with for several days before that debate.

He said expectations for Mr. Trudeau have " . . . probably never been lower for a leader going to a debate. I think that if he comes on stage with his pants on, he will probably exceed expectations."

Incidentally, Mr. Teneycke, lest you are unaware, Mr. Trudeau more than held his own in that Aug. 6 debate and performed as competently as any of the other three leaders.

Perhaps Mr. Teneycke should have spent more time rehearsing his own lines. And instead of lowbrow, gutter insults, he could better handle his job as the PM's spokesperson without continuing to lower the expectations of Canadians about his own abilities.

If he's actually truthful and competent, he has helped implicate his boss ever deeper into the murkier-by-the-day Sen. Mike Duffy senate scandal.

In trial testimony Thursday, Ben Perrin, the PM's former legal counsel, said that current chief of staff Ray Novak knew all about the $90,000 payment to Mike Duffy from Nigel Wright. He was sent emails and was in a lengthy meeting when Mr. Wright revealed it. Mr. Perrin, who was also present, said he looked directly at Mr. Novak for his reaction when he was told the details. This was days before the cheque was cut and transferred to Mr. Duffy.

The PM has repeatedly said no one else knew about the payment, that only Mr. Wright and Mr. Duffy were involved and both were held accountable. Other staffers continue to have his complete trust. …

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