On Friday April 9th, 2010, Stephen Harper announced that he had referred "serious allegations" regarding Helena Guergis matter to the Commissioner for Ethics and Conflict of Interest Mary Dawson. On Tuesday April 13th, 2010, Mary Dawson announced that she was not investigating the Guergis affair because "she was not in a position to proceed with an inquiry". This morning on CBC Radio's The Current, Mary Dawson told the host Anna Marie Tremonti that she had not received an official request from Stephen Harper's office requesting an investigation into anything involving Helena Guergis. She told Ms. Tremonti that
"I've had one referral from the PM but it wasn't an official request..."
It sounds like someone in Ottawa has been using semantics to confuse and deceive the Canadian public. What is the difference between a referral and a request?
Could it be possible that Stephen Harper was just using growing media reports regarding Rahim Jaffer's alleged misbehaviour to rid himself of a junior Cabinet Minister that he was displeased with? By referring to "serious allegations", Harper was able to turf Ms. Guergis without admitting to the Opposition that they were right all along.
Confusing, isn't it? But apparently it's business as usual in Disneyland North.