Monday, February 09, 2009

Timing of Harper dropping Cadman case now making sense

Not surprising: "Harper dropped lawsuit ahead of key hearing." Tim Naumetz of CP reports on an upcoming hearing on the production of emails and documents in the Cadman case that Harper has now avoided by dropping the lawsuit:
Stephen Harper dropped his lawsuit against the Liberals in the Cadman affair just weeks before a hearing on whether his emails, notes and agenda could be called into evidence.

A court date was to be scheduled this month over the failure of the prime minister's legal team to provide documents and answers to questions that had been requested during a series of cross-examinations last summer.

The lawyer for the Liberal party was set to ask the court to rule whether Harper would have to provide emails and notes for meetings his staff held related to Chuck Cadman.
Some of the material sought by the Liberal party lawyer:
During the examination of Harper last August, Dearden objected to Paliare's request for an email said to discuss a meeting between Cadman and two Conservatives the day of the confidence vote in 2005.

Other documents Paliare requested during his cross-examination of Harper included the notes of "all the people" who attended meetings in the prime minister's office in late February when the allegations were first reported.
Harper drops the suit, no more risk of producing any of this. So, we have a Prime Minister who cuts and runs on his lawsuit when what looks like key evidence might come to light. Evidence that might contradict all the public posturing that's been going on in this suit from the beginning. Throw in the fact that Harper's first lawyer quit "...after the initial stages of the Liberal efforts to obtain the documents and information began," and the events really speak for themselves. It certainly looks like this was all about muzzling in the lead up to and during the federal election, not protecting anyone's reputation. If it were, there'd be no problem with producing evidence that supports one's case as it's been publicly stated.

The Conservative party really should account to the Canadian public for every public dollar that paid for this personal litigation matter for Stephen Harper.