I’m beginning to think the PM never went to Sunday school. If he did, he must have sought an early legal opinion on loopholes in the Ten Commandments. He has been practising minimal compliance ever since — mostly in regard to that part of the prophet’s tablet dealing with mendacity. But so far, lightning has not struck the Parliament Buildings.
When the independent KPMG audit of the F-35 program was released, showing that the government had low-balled the project by at least $10 billion, the prime minister boasted that the report vindicated the government’s numbers. That’s like Richard Nixon declaring that the gaps in the Oval Office tapes proved his innocence in Watergate.
More recently, the Conservatives deceived Saskatchewan residents with a push-poll they pretended was coming from Joan of Arc, aliens, maybe Elvis — anybody but them. A flat-out, categorical denial they knew to be false.
Then Glen McGregor of Postmedia got the idea of comparing Matt Meier’s voice on his answering machine at RackNine — the company whose servers were used to send out fake robocalls during the 2011 federal election — to the anonymous voice on the push-poll calls. They sounded eerily alike.