The damage keeps piling up. Yesterday the Conservatives won Brandon-Souris by a mere 391 votes. In Provencher, Vic Toews' former riding, Liberal numbers went from 7% to 30%. And, Michael Harris writes, if Nigel Wright's claim that Stephen Harper gave him a "good to go" is true, Harper will join Toews as a former MP:
There is not a single, informed person in Canada who believes that Duffygate comes down to two evildoers — Duffy and former chief of staff Nigel Wright. Yet this is our prime minister’s sad refrain — regardless how many facts emerge to render his version of events little more than delusion in a footrace with farce.
Conservatives -- real conservatives -- insist those who represent them tell the truth:
They traditionally expect their leaders and MPs to tell the truth — just ask ‘Lyin’ Brian.’ Wantonly misleading the public is supposed to be what Liberals do. Not only has Harper turned his mania for control on his own MPs, corseting the few who are actually allowed to speak in talking points — he has lied egregiously on Duffygate, and attempted to cover that fact with the aura of office.
They also insist that their representatives be accountable. And Mr. Harper promised them that he stood for accountability:
“We will improve Canadians’ faith in public institutions by making government more accountable and effective … Our first priority will be to clean up government.”
Voters understand that the Harperites have not cleaned up government. In fact, they have sabotaged it. Their hypocrisy is catching up with them. And they are going south.