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EXCLUSIVE: Prime Minister Harper speaks with John Tory

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 10/26/2013 5:00:00 AM

Prime Minister Harper has been in the spotlight recently for making history by signing a free trade deal with the EU.

The PM has also come under fire for the way he's handled the expense scandal in the Senate.

Harper joined Newstalk1010's John Tory on the Live Drive on Friday afternoon just after the 5 o'clock news.

Here's the full interview:

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  1. Ian Torrie posted on 10/25/2013 04:10 PM
    If Harper is all about accountability then why is Senator Stewart Olson not being suspended as well ? Olson filed false living expenses that the auditor ask she pay back which she did just like Duffy, Wallin, and Brazeau. Why does Olson still a conservative caucus member get a free pass?
    If this government motion to suspend the three Senators passes the Senate and all three are stripped of income benefits etc with out due process, how will that sit with the public especially if one of the three Senators dies of a heart attack between now and our Election in 2015?
    I do NOT like what the Senators did but why this sudden rush to judgement without due process, is it fair? What if the PM is wrong since he says he does not know everything that happened, what then.
    I have been a conservative for over 40 years and for the first time in my life I have concerns over the lack of respect to due process for ALL!
    1. MichaelB_2952 posted on 10/25/2013 06:28 PM
      @Ian Torrie Even if Duffy, Wallin, and Brazeau get suspended from the Senate, the opposition will likely go after Senator Stward Olson next. Tom Mulcair and the NDP will definitely go after Harper's corrupt senate.
    2. Alice Ducharme posted on 10/26/2013 07:30 PM
      @Ian Torrie It also appears that Olson has been living permanently in Ottawa when she's supposed to represent New Brunswick...Favoritism by Mr. Harper? oh no never...wink, wink, nod, nod.
  2. David posted on 10/25/2013 04:28 PM
    During Question Period [May 28-29] Harper said he was unaware of the
    $90,000 payment Wright made to Duffy until he was informed by Wright
    himself on the morning of May 15th. If the RCMP is going to investigate,
    will they be looking into whether there were any emails, text messages, or
    phone calls between Harper and Wright (or any member of the PMO staff)
    between the afternoon of the 14th and the 15th?

    CTV contacted Harper's office to comment on the payment on the afternoon
    of May 14th. His office and Mike Duffy's then released identical
    statements that were included in Robert Fife's news report: "Mr. Duffy had
    paid back the expenses in question and no taxpayer resources were used."

    Justin Trudeau had asked Harper during Question Period [May 29]: "How does
    the Prime Minister reconcile his assertion that he did not know about the
    scandal until Wednesday [May 15th] if his office responded the afternoon
    before?"

    If Harper never watches the evening news on television, are Canadians to believe no member of Harper's office thought it important enough to contact him immediately after Robert Fife's May 14 CTV report was broadcast?
  3. Ian Torrie posted on 10/25/2013 05:08 PM
    This soap opera drama in the Senate just keeps rolling. I just heard that the. Senate house leader for the Conservatives offered a deal to go easy on Mr. Brazeau if mr Brazeau would only stand up in the Senate and apologize ! Brazeau's comment earlier this week that this Senate process is nothing more then a kangaroo court may be true.
    The more I hear the more threaten I feel as a conservative let alone as a Canadian when it comes to due process and the rule of law. Duffy Wallin and Brazeau all paid back the money that was asked. Tax payers dollars were not lost here at all unlike the mess in Queen's park over the past serversl years, BILlIONS of dollars lost forever!
    1. Mark posted on 10/25/2013 05:39 PM
      @Ian Torrie Ya, you heard that from Brazeau. Good place to get info buddy. lol. Loser.
    2. Esther Doogan posted on 10/27/2013 11:13 PM
      @Ian Torrie If you can still remain a conservative after all this then you are in the same class as they are. Put your thinking cap on!
  4. Jim Bob posted on 10/25/2013 05:13 PM
    Harper must think we're all pretty daft to think we're going to just keep eating this up. Someone who's so concerned about perception must have almost danced to the moon when some lowly strategist came up with these talking points - which makes Harper look like a hero for "cleaning up a mess" he himself created.

    I was part of this "base" he's so concerned about, but the fact he thinks I'm just going to accept what he says only shows how out of touch he his - he needs to go.
    1. Mark posted on 10/25/2013 05:37 PM
      @Jim Bob Oh JB. So funny. You were never part of Harper "base".

      If you were, then you would still be. Why? Because Harper has been doing a great job running the country and his accomplishments are many. You would not let this non issue effect your support.

      Nice try Jim Bobby.
    2. Alex (K) Angus posted on 10/26/2013 01:49 PM
      @Jim Bob Harper is a "professional" liar. (That's why there is no visible change is his 'proboscis'!) Most politicians acquire this characteristic after they gain some political power and training in Question Period.
      I do not understand why most voters fail to see or sense this in any political party leader.
      If Harper is not turf out by his Party, the voters should soundly turf out the whole Party in the next election! Are we going to remain silent for another prorogation of Parliament?
  5. Mark posted on 10/25/2013 05:26 PM
    Harpers explanation is 100% correct. It's time for the hogs to go. Everything has already been proven. This is a none issue.

    Going into the next election this will be the only thing twinkle toes Justin and the Dips will have to talk about. By then anyone with an IQ over 12 will already know that Harper was right all along.

    Looking forward to another majority Harper government.
    1. Ian torrie posted on 10/26/2013 12:36 AM
      @Mark Well Mark the polls have him tied with the liberals but with a seven point lead in Ontario. The next election is his to lose and if he strips three Senators of pay and benefits going forward he will have lost part of his base.
      Why Mark was Senator Stewart Olson not suspended with the others?
      senator Olson made false expense claims and the auditor found them to be false. Olson paid it all back just like the other three senators. Why is Senator Olson given a pass ? I think because the PM wants Duffy and Wallin heads on a platter. There will be no victory no matter the result now. We may likely be waiting a very long time for a Harper majority repeat.
    2. Mike posted on 10/26/2013 12:43 PM
      @Mark Mark....I've been watching your comments on here and I have come to the conclusion that you must be on some secret right-wing, neo-con slush fund payroll. Gotta love your blind following. You are the type to go down with the ship when you know the ship had holes in it from the beginning.
  6. MichaelB_2952 posted on 10/25/2013 06:23 PM
    Harper supports Russian show trials in the Senate.
    1. Mark posted on 10/25/2013 06:30 PM
      @MichaelB_2952 Let me guess. You were also told he eats kittens. What an idiot.
  7. Stephen Best posted on 10/25/2013 08:10 PM
    The Prime Minister is asserting that three people whose affairs are being investigated by the RCMP of being guilty. This is an unconscionable interference in what is a police matter by the leader of the country and raises doubts about whether or not, if it comes to it, the Senators could ever get a fair trial.

    Also, the evidence revealed so far suggests that the Senators were acting with the full knowledge and permission of the Senate leadership and the Prime Minister.

    The Prime Minister is presiding over a political lynching crafted, I suspect, to protect himself from close scrutiny.
    1. Mark posted on 10/26/2013 07:49 AM
      @Stephen Best Poor Stephen is blind and deaf or has not being paying attention for the past year.

      These clowns have been audited to death. There is no question that they took money that they should not have. Helmet Head Wallin has already paid back money that she scammed and double billed from taxpayers and has apologised so there is no doubt about her guilt.

      Bottom line - These crooks need not be convicted criminally as a technicality in order to be fired.

      Get real SB. If you stole money from customers of the company you worked for you would be fired. That company would not keep you employed until your trial is over.

      Grow up.

      In the scheme of things this is a non issue. Leftist dweebs are making a big fuss because it's all they have to bash Harper about. That in itself tells me that Harper must be doing a great job.

      BTW - I would like to give Mulcair a boobie prize for having the strange ability of asking the same question a hundred different ways.
  8. Al Fillmore posted on 10/26/2013 08:44 AM
    Harper no doubt in damage control mode!!!

    Too late Mr.Harper too many things you've done too many people thrown under the bus YOUR GIG IS UP!!! One day you defend Wallin's expense claims in parliament no less then you decide to throw her under the bus!!

    Consistant you are not!! I do not believe much of what Harper says these days.!
  9. Al Fillmore posted on 10/26/2013 08:44 AM
    Harper no doubt in damage control mode!!!

    Too late Mr.Harper too many things you've done too many people thrown under the bus YOUR GIG IS UP!!! One day you defend Wallin's expense claims in parliament no less then you decide to throw her under the bus!!

    Consistant you are not!! I do not believe much of what Harper says these days.!
    1. Mark posted on 10/26/2013 10:23 AM
      @Al Fillmore Oh Al,,,, what has Harper done that bothers you.

      You say he has done "too many things". What "things" are you talking about Al??
  10. Tim posted on 10/26/2013 10:54 AM
    Yes, Yes, Yes - as all of you Pro-Harper supporters are stating - Just as Harper himself did stated on this very Radio station yesterday "if you stole money from your workplace you would be fired! End of Conversation! Funny thing is though . . . Mr. Harper learned of these crooked senators at the very least by February of this year and for the first number of weeks he was defending them vigorously! Why did it take him six more months to decide it was time to fire the crooks! Guess it's another case of Harper's - "Do as I tell you to do - but not as I tell you to . . . until I tell you to" . . . sort of! . . . think it's from back page (in the fine print) of the "Harper Highroad of Ethics Handbook!
  11. noreen galvin posted on 10/26/2013 03:01 PM
    I don't believe a word harper says anymore. If he is so worried about taxpayers money, why does he keep MP"s who get in trouble stay in caucus and why did he allow clement to waste 50 million on gazebos and fake lakes. This whole exercise is a political play to the base and the rush to judgment is unseemly . Our democracy is at risk and it is all because harper is too clever by half.
  12. Dave Stewart posted on 10/26/2013 09:42 PM
    Does anyone really believe this control creek knew nothing?
  13. Mark posted on 10/27/2013 07:20 AM
    Oh children. Those of you that are mad at Harper for this petty issue are obviously way too young to have lived through the last corrupt, incompetent, lying, and wasteful federal liberal government. No one, not even leftist idiots, can deny that Ontario liberals. Imagine the damage that twinkle toes Justin can do.

    Remember leftist friends, political liberal leaders and the union masters that control them, do not respect you. They use your weak minds for their own gain.
  14. Karl Burgin posted on 10/28/2013 12:43 PM
    I'm going to take the more balanced approach. I mostly appreciate, and respect what Stephen has accomplish as PM. He has also worked hard to raise the image of the Federal Conservative Party and keep it at a certain level. This includes minister who think it fun to play the fool, waste people's money, and so on.
    The only problem I have, is in this endeavor, good/innocent people are get wrongly caught up- especially when they've done nothing wrong. This senator "chapter" is the latest entry, and unfortunately Stephen Harper is wrong in "persecuting" them. For one simple reason, all their actions were within the rules. Now many (including myself) are not all comfortable with said actions, but if they were done within the rules, and approved by those in charge of rewarding submitted expenses, you cannot hold the Senators at fault.

    With that said, I think Harper over-played his hand, and he's in one big mess right now. He should soften up a bit and not dig himself too firmly into place- because he just might create a situation that will haunt him into the next election.
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