It was never about ethics. It was always all about politics, which explains why Arthur Hamilton was busy cutting cheques.
Have you heard enough?
A senator: No.
Duffy: Wait. There is even more.
Senator LeBreton, some Conservative MPs and some PMO spinners have been attacking me for saying I had gotten a loan at the RBC. Some people, colleagues, just have no shame. That line about RBC was part of a script written for me and e-mailed to me by the PMO.
On Feb. 21, after all of the threats and intimidation, I reluctantly agreed to go along with this dirty scheme. The PMO spin machine was in high gear. Cellphone and PMO telephone records from February will show there were numerous phone calls and e-mails to me as the PMO developed their version of events, and rehearsed with me right up until minutes before I went on television the lines I would use with the media.
Early on, in those discussions with the PMO, the PMO experts predicted the media would ask, “Where did you get the $90,000?” When they heard that I had been using a line of credit to renovate my home in Cavendish, they jumped right on it. It was suggested I go to the RBC, borrow the cash to pay off that line of credit, and then, when the media asked, “Where did you get the money to pay the $90,000?” the PMO told me to say, “My wife and I took out a loan at the Royal Bank.”
Well, that’s technically correct, we took out a loan, but that loan wasn’t to repay money, the $90,000 that the PMO agreed I didn’t owe. That line was written by the PMO to deceive Canadians as to the real source of the $90,000.
The millions of Canadians who voted for Prime Minister Harper and the thousands of Tories gathering in Calgary this week would be shocked to see how some of these people, some of these Tories, operate.
They have no moral compass. Oh, they talk a great game about integrity, but, in my experience, they demonstrate every day that they do not understand the meaning of the phrase “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.”
How sad it is to see this attack on this important branch of our parliamentary system by people who are supposed to know something about the Senate’s role in our democracy.
So why am I, a senator they agreed had followed the rules and who had foolishly played along with their nefarious plan, why am I being subjected to this unprecedented and arbitrary process of being suspended from the Senate? In the private sector, an employee can sue for wrongful dismissal, but not here in the Senate. The Senate, we are told, is above the law.
Last week, Senator Carignan said the Senate is a rights-free zone. I couldn’t believe it. He actual said the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the bedrock of our Constitution, does not apply in the Senate. Talk about special status.
Do Canadians really think senators should not be bound by the Charter of Rights? Do they want their democracy run without respect for the rule of law and due process? This assault on our rights undermines Canadians’ respect for their Parliament, and if it’s not stopped it will set a very dangerous precedent.
As Conservatives, we don’t embrace changes in our system of government easily. We check it carefully to make sure it’s absolutely the right kind of change, not just expedient change.
We remember and respect the Magna Carta that King John signed almost 800 years ago; the fundamental justice set out in the Diefenbaker Bill of Rights, more than half a century ago. So today, I ask you to stand up for fundamental justice and do not let this unjust motion pass.
Tell Senator Carignan that he hasn’t proven his case or any case.
Tell him this is a matter for the justice system and ensure that with your vote, that justice prevails.
The government could end this by simply withdrawing these dangerous and anti‑democratic motions. Declare victory and go off to Calgary to celebrate the government’s many substantial achievements for Canadians. Let due process proceed.
This is a case for the history books. Nigel Wright, Senator Tkachuk and Deloitte all found me not guilty. What will history say of you, honourable senators, after this vote?
Thank you, colleagues.
I would like to table documents here, with leave of the Senate.
Speaker: Is leave granted, honourable senators, for the tabling of documents?
Speaker: So ordered.
I’m afraid the senator’s time has been exhausted.