"I didn’t start the fire in the kitchen sink."
That’s Majory LeBreton defending herself over accusations of being a part of a shadowy Senate consortium, orchestrating a cleverly executed conspiracy to eject the problematic senators.
Meanwhile, in the House, Conservative and Liberal MPs voted down a motion to extract partisanship from the Senate, by limiting Senatorial travel allowances to prevent any partisan campaigning on the public dime.
Flash back to the Senate. Senators Wallin, Brazeau and Duffy unsheathed their swords and duelled with their attackers.
Duffy alleged a sordid affair, one ordained at the highest reaches of the government, to have him take the fall. The office of the Prime Minister, he said, wove a public relations campaign to firewall the government and lightly serve up a pound of Duffy’s flesh to the media. But Duffy says something went wrong. The secret order came to light — the cheque was out. The mob wanted more. So Harper served up the whole roast. Duffy was thrown to the wolves.
Brazeau, for his part, says he was a convenient pawn. A troubled man with his own problems, at the first hint of improper spending, he was served up as an offering; as government penance. He was cover for the government to argue that they would do the right thing at the first hint of impropriety. “Duplicity,” he called it.
Then it was Wallin’s turn. She said it was vendetta. LeBreton, she said, went after her. She was not allowed to defend herself before a committee, and she was thrown out of caucus on a whim. She was pressured to quit by the PMO, she says. Her long and storied carrier, ended when her breaks were cut.
Jump to Question Period, in the House. A terse Prime Minister Stephen Harper stood for every question posed to him for a half hour. Any representative of our party must adhere to these basic standards, he said. No, there wasn’t a conspiracy. No, I didn’t threaten them. No, I did not order them expelled.