Saturday, May 03, 2014

The Wright Case & The Mounties: Did they or did they not?

Yes, we consulted ...
Seems to be a little bit of confusion about who was  consulted when the Mounties decided that there was no case to make against Wright.

Here’s one report (my underlining):

Commissioner Paulson says the facts uncovered by investigators – many of which were publicly detailed in a politically explosive search warrant released last fall – simply did not lead to the conclusion of criminal wrongdoing. The ultimate decision to drop the investigation into Mr. Wright was made by the investigative team, he says, adding he was consulted on the matter along with prosecutors.

And here’s another one:

The Public Prosecution Service of Canada says it wasn't consulted before the RCMP decided not to lay charges against Nigel Wright for his role in the Senate expenses scandal.

Sect. 16 of the Parliament of Canada Act stipulates it's an indictable offence - punishable by a year imprisonment and a fine of $500 to $2,000 - to offer compensation to a senator in regard to "any claim, controversy, arrest or other matter before the Senate."

Wright has admitted he gave $90,000 to Mike Duffy so he could reimburse the Senate for disputed expense claims.

"The PPSC had no involvement in the Nigel Wright investigation," spokesperson Nathalie Houle said.

Would somebody please clear up the confusion: Was the public prosecutor consulted before a decision was made, or not?


  1. Why expect truth when Mr. Mountee depends on his willingness to lie for his political master for his pension.

  2. In my yoiuth, like many Canadians, I wanted to be a Mountie and tried to join. I was rejected because of my height - I was 59 inches tall when I was 17. But I always respected the members of the force. But now it's obvious to me that some of the senior members are playing politics, particularly favouring the Conservative party. If I can't trust the RCMP to uphpold the law, who can I trust?

  3. The jury is still out on the reasons for and wisdom of the RCMP's surprising inaction decision. Let's read the explanation when the Mounties release it to the public, and see whether the decision was also related somehow to the Duffy investigation. If the decision was made not to charge Wright with anything because he had cooperated with the RCMP and agreed to be a witness for the prosecution in any related Senate expenses cases in the future, then the RCMP would have said this in the announcement. Because they did not, we have to look for other reasons why the various laws were deemed not to apply to the facts unearthed by the Mounties.


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