August 28, 2015

Duffy trial UPDATE: PMO Chief of Staff speaks out

Brian LilleyArchive

This morning, CTV ran with breaking news that Bob Fife had tracked down PMO Chief of Staff Ray Novak. Novak said what has been said all along, he did not know about the payment to Mike Duffy and did not read the email.

While hosting on 580 CFRA in Ottawa, I asked the audience of the CFRA Nation if this really is that important?

It speaks nothing to the guilt or innocence of Mike Duffy who is on trial.

But it IS a question of who knew what in a scandal where the taxpayers got their money back.

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commented 2015-08-30 21:02:07 -0400
Did a phone poll this afternoon about the election which included a question about the Duffy trial. I’m sure they won’t use any of my answers as part of their finding since it was very clear where I stood on Duffy and every other question they asked.
I saw a TV ad by the friends of the CBC the other day demanding that the CBC be free of political interference, who are they trying to kid. The MSM will milk the Duffy affair every day until Harper is out of office and as for the question is Bob Fife a journalist or a liberal operative, that was a rhetorical question was it not.
commented 2015-08-30 13:55:42 -0400
“no mention that Mac Harb’s trial which was supposed to start this month has been delayed till next year.” The Lieberal Judiciary does not want to make the Lieberals look bad during an election period, despite the fact that Trudope disowned them all!
commented 2015-08-30 13:43:25 -0400
These bozos can’t wait for Brazeau’s trial to begin, it starts sometime in Sept. no mention that Mac Harb’s trial
which was supposed to start this month has been delayed till next year.
commented 2015-08-30 03:01:29 -0400
Is this all the CBC, Toronto Star, CTV can find to write about? Or should I say, is this the only story they can ‘milk’ for all it’s worth. This non-story is running as if the trial of Mike Duffy was akin to the trial of the most notorious serial killer in history!!! The crime or trial of the century it is not. Do your jobs media slackers, and find a real story to milk. The stories you’re running are so unimportant and lame. This story is so weak, and it’s becoming tediously boooooring!! If you can’t find a story with some ‘meat’ in it, maybe you’re in the wrong occupation!!!!!
commented 2015-08-29 22:32:42 -0400
Typical liberal media trying to put words in somebody’s mouth. I couldn’t care less what transpired, there is as trial going on over whether Duffy committed an offence with his spending, and that’s all. All the liberal mainstream media are doing, is simply muckraking, and trying to discredit Harper. Simply Disgusting, Fyfe should have been told off and sent packing.
commented 2015-08-29 19:42:30 -0400
I only have one thing to say to partisan urinalists and opposition party muck rakers who try to pin the stigma of crime on the paying back of undue expenses – Have the Liberals paid back Canada for the money they stole though Adscam???
commented 2015-08-29 19:07:39 -0400
Bottom line…Duffy will walk because there is no case for the charges against him and the trial will cost the taxpayer much more than $90,000 (which has already been paid back). In fact I’m willing to bet that the budget for the CBC coverage already exceeds that.
commented 2015-08-29 18:27:21 -0400
“This is taking place because Duffy does not want to pay back what he owes the government!” Actually the government is paid back. Nigel Wright did it for him. Perhaps Duffy does not want to pay back Mr. Wright. This is all taking place because the Socialist Media is trying to make this all about our PM, and ignoring for the most part what is actually going on in regards to the actual trial. The whole thing is being hijacked to who knew what and when, and who read what emails etc. As another has pointed out, this is all about the Socialist Media trying to bring down the Gov’t!
commented 2015-08-29 17:56:49 -0400
This is what I would have done with Fife, if I was Mr. Novak! I would have taken Fife’s microphone that was almost in Mr. Novak’s face and say to Fife to back off or “Do you want to wear your microphone! You liberal”? This is taking place because Duffy does not want to pay back what he owes the government!
commented 2015-08-29 17:36:53 -0400
I so wish Mr. Novak had said, “Bob, take off!”
commented 2015-08-29 15:45:17 -0400
So is Bob Fife a journalist or is he working for the Liberal Party?
commented 2015-08-29 13:37:26 -0400
Did you see “Huffy Duffy Fife”, all out breath, chasing after Mr. Novak? He is like a terrier hanging onto the pants’ leg of his master! Where is the “unbiased” reporting in “Fee-Fie-Foe-Fum Fife’s” allegations that either Mr. Novak was lying or that Mr. Perrin had lied under oath? This is slander against both these men! It is the courts that will decide guilt or innocence NOT a pesky little gnat like Fife!
commented 2015-08-29 01:37:36 -0400
No I don’t care about this “scandal” at all it’s just B.S. that Bob Fife has made into a fiasco, I think he is a sneeky weasel type of reporter & has some kind of vendetta against Stephen Harper. Fife & CTV have made this whole stupid story into a media frenzy, I just hope that people don’t let this hype change the outcome of the election ! What we should be concentrating on is the election not the Duffy crap!
commented 2015-08-28 21:51:31 -0400
CTV has tried to milk this story with both hands to no avail. Every day they have acted as if some new pertinent information has come out and try to make it appear as if the voting public is becoming increasingly concerned. Deep down they must be reasonable sure that nothing significant has happened so they need to try to help matters along. This is simply a matter of perception. You can believe these people did or did not read their emails or you cannot, what you cannot do is prove conclusively what was read in their own privacy. It is quite feasible to me that someone getting 700 or more emails a day didn’t tread every line. I get tons of emails every day which fail by comparison in importance and magnitude but I can honestly say half of them i don’t even open. You would spend half of your day replying to every email if you did and there are other responsibilities coming with a higher government position. One thing I can give credit to the Conservatives for is at least the bucked the trend and didn’t erase their emails.
commented 2015-08-28 21:45:31 -0400
Thanks Rick for the support, but how do we get more people involved and how do we get this off the ground. I hope more people read this thread and support the idea. It would really be something if we (all the Rebels and more) could go forward with this.
commented 2015-08-28 21:16:44 -0400
Wasn’t it CTV, Fife, et al, who yelped about PMO staffers talking to a trial witness, obstruction of justice, etc? Fife should read this column and take it as an open letter to himself: .

Adjourned or not Fife and the other jackals (jack-asses?) are intent on keeping their “nothing scandal” bubbling (boiling) through the election.

This is much ado about nothing for the “Duffy” trial. It is much ado about everything for anti-Harper politics!

Bob Fife is a ruthless (doesn’t give a damn who he damages) opportunist trying to boost Bob Fife’s career.
commented 2015-08-28 20:10:32 -0400
Marty said: “I will contribute to a legal fund that would be willing to do this.” So would I. Enough is enough already!
commented 2015-08-28 19:50:09 -0400
Can we or someone not bring about slander charges to people in public office and in the MSM during or after the election? I just heard the shiny pony on Brain’s podcast basically call the Prime Minister of Canada a liar. Both he and Tommy boy have done it in the past along with a lot of Media people. Defamation of character is still an offence and this might be where we can stand up to these idiots that continually attack our PM.
I am not a lawyer, so I ask those that are lawyers or know more about the subject, if this is possible?
I will contribute to a legal fund that would be willing to do this.
commented 2015-08-28 19:27:50 -0400
Michael asked, “What ever happened to reporting the facts as journalists and doing your homework, and leaving the opinion pieces to those that excel at that.”

The CBC, and by extension the left wing main stream media, has not been doing honest fact based journalism for a very long time now.

But I would suggest that it really started to go down hill after February 2006 when the MSM deliberately or not decided their mission was to get Harper out of office no matter what sort of lies, misdirection and outright dirty politics they had to do.

The MSM are so very morally corrupt that they cannot see that they have betrayed all principles of good journalism and honesty in their ABC (Anything But Conservative) pursuit.
commented 2015-08-28 19:14:17 -0400
If I did care about Duffy’s trial, I certainly don’t any longer. It seems to me that many news broadcasts place too much emphasis on this issue. It makes our television and printed news coverage appear petty and very narrowly focused. It is an embarrassment. Each time I encounter coverage of the trial, I change the channel. Consequently, since that is the usually the lead story, I haven’t watched the “news” since the trial began.
commented 2015-08-28 18:43:32 -0400
First off why is it appropriate for a reporter to ambush someone outside their home. Secondly to ask someone their recollection about an ongoing trial is less than fair. This hit squad of media “gotcha Journalism” smacks of the concept of trying to influence the electorate to achieve the desired result. What ever happened to reporting the facts as journalists and doing your homework, and leaving the opinion pieces to those that excel at that.
commented 2015-08-28 16:33:53 -0400
I noticed that the one caller Brian had on was in full leftie koolaid mode. To that caller the whole concept that the PM might have lied about when and if he knew Mr. Wright wrote the cheque to Duffy was more important that absolutely anything else.

And to that caller, he “knew” in his little mind that Harper lied and all he wanted was Harper to do was admit was he “knew” was the “truth”, the lefties’ “truth”, of course.

That is the attitude of the lefties in Canada that seem to have this Harper Derangement Syndrome, they think they know he is already guilty and all the PM has to do in their mind is to admit it. Guilty until he admits what the lefties have already convicted him of. I bet if someone accused their darling Justin of something with such certitude, with such an “we already know he is guilty just damn well admit it already” attitude, they would fly off the handle screaming bloody murder at the accuser.

These lefties are so obsessed, and I mean pathologically obsessed with getting Harper out of office (and I include our little Jimmy in that mix) that they cannot prioritize anymore. It is an all-out “war” against Harper. Kinda reminds me of Pavlov’s dog, only the dog has more intellect.
commented 2015-08-28 16:32:10 -0400
What a waste of air space. I couldn’t care less about Duffy and the 90,000, or who paid it back or who knew. All I care about is that it was paid back and it wasn’t a cost to taxpayers.
commented 2015-08-28 15:58:46 -0400
Lib’s and ndp, clutching at straws. What happened to all the Liberal appointed Senators, who became Liberal appointed Independents, because Justin Trudeau is a Coward.
commented 2015-08-28 15:22:42 -0400
This is nothing more than a Socialist Media induced tempest and a pathetic attempt to keep the Duffy trial in the public spotlight! Who read what email matters not a damn! Taxpayers were reimbursed by private sources. Where the hell is the scandal?! The Socialist Media reporting on this issue is not even about the actual trial anymore! I agree with the caller who called this an agenda by the leftist media to take down the current Gov’t! A Socialist Media lynch mob!
commented 2015-08-28 14:58:48 -0400
MSM never covered one bit of the conviction and jailing of Raymod Lavigne – a LIBERAL PIG senator.

Lavigne went to jail June 2013 – the cockroach is likely out of jail by now.