Not that there's any way it'll repair the damage done by now, but I see the RCMP have decided Gurmant Grewal
and the great secret taping saga of 2005 aren't worth a formal criminal investigation, let alone charges:
The RCMP have decided not to launch a criminal investigation after reviewing audio recordings made by Conservative MP Gurmant Grewal, who accused the Liberals of trying to buy his vote and that of his wife, also a Tory MP.
An RCMP spokesperson, Natalie Deschenes, said Friday that investigators listened to the recordings and interviewed the people who were involved before concluding that no criminal investigation was warranted.
Still, Grewal is bound to continue to be a liability, should he visibly resurface on the national stage. All the Liberals will have to do is deal in their usual innuendoes and vague intimations - all the while admitting that yes
, maybe there was no crime committed, but
- and that damning but
will give license for CBC et al
to rehash the entire story. Much as was done in this particular item, in fact, happening to make up a greater amount of the total word count than the actual news.
I still don't believe Grewal did anything wrong initially, or intended to; gathering evidence of genuine executive malfeasance is no vice. But odd behaviour in the ensuing days and weeks has led to the point where, even if cleared of even the possibility of accusations of criminality, he can still be demonized for the Liberal and NDP bases as an rabble-rousing example of Why We Hate Them - a bumbling Canadian reflection of Karl Rove's eerie lock on the minds of the obsessive American left. Nothing succeeds like success, however, and while iconic demonization can be brushed off when the object of vilification is a valuable asset to the party, it's much harder to justify maintaining confidence in a member of the team without such a track record. I hope Grewal keeps a low profile next election; if not, I have a feeling that countless hours and gallons of ink will be spent further rehashing the whole sorry affair.