Last week Mr Ignatieff, Mr. Goodale and myself made defamatory statements falsely claiming that Prime Minister Stephen Harper acted illegally in matters concerning former British Columbia M.P. Chuck Cadman. Today, we acknowledge had acted ethically, morally and legally and retract the statments we made to the contrary. We apologize to the Prime Minister for the unfounded attacks we made on his reputation.
I'm not sure how the Liberals could post this demand on the website, given that we don't know that the PM "acted ethically, morally and legally", if that was the case, I suspect the RCMP wouldn't be investigating.
One of the articles in question, quotes Goodale, who details Harper's response in the audio interview, wherein he never denied the existence of a insurance offer, in fact he simply argues why he thought it was a bad idea. Can you be sued for simple deduction, can you be sued for asking pointed questions? I really have no idea, but I know one thing, Harper's own words damage his reputation, not the Liberals for pointing out the obvious.
We will have to see how this plays out, this is the first time a sitting Prime Minister has sued a Leader of the Opposition. I see this response as predictable, Harper loves to play hardball, when faced with a challenge, it's a tactic he prefers. Apparently, Dion was served bright and early this morning at Stornaway, which speaks to a weekend of Harper's inner circle developing a counter strategy. We have Cadman on Mike Duffy, that didn't work... The tape is altered, nope, sorry... Lets sue, developing...
If Harper is so interested in protecting his reputation, then maybe his two henchman could quit hiding and come forward to talk to the media, with Harper in tow, clear up this whole misunderstanding. Maybe Harper could give us a timeline, of what meetings took place, dates, who was present, because afterall, nothing to hide here right?
This suit is diversion, plain and simple, the last ditch effort to stop the slide. Anyone who is following this story, knows that in the end, it may be hard to prove in a legal sense. Cadman's daughter has alluded to the endgame, there is no paper trail, no emails, just the word of several people. The Conservatives have made this calculation as well, which is why they feel comfortable going on the offensive, assuming there is no smoking gun, beyond what we know.