POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN IN TORONTO'S GLOBE AND MAIL
Harper looks the fool with this suit.
A Prime Minister suing the opposition?
It is abundantly clear, even without any additional information, that something shady went on in trying to influence Cadman’s vote in Parliament.
We all know that Harper is a control-freak, so nothing of the sort could happen without his being aware of it in detail.
As to the idea of an insurance company not issuing a policy for a dying man, of course not, but that has nothing to do with what happened.
The "policy" was a short-hand way of discussing some kind of Conservative party slush-fund assistance to a dying man.
Well, with discovery in the suit and the need for sworn testimony, we may actually get at the complete truth.
Some readers may recall the notorious case of Oscar Wilde being thrown in prison. In fact, that event started with Wilde's bringing a suit against the father of his lover over public insults. The insults proved factually true, and the particular acts were illegal in Britain at the time.
Of course, goofy Harper faces the additional problem of proving libel against a politician. The courts do not easily side with such charges: politicians are regarded as fair game in favor of free speech. Just look at the Internet.