Ray Novak turns the unfathomable into actuality

Stephen Harper is seen with former Conservative staffers, left to right, Dimitri Soudas, Mike Beaton, and current staffer Ray Novak following an impromptu ball-hockey game on the tarmac prior to boarding his campaign plane in Kitchener, Ont., on Saturday, April 9, 2011. (Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Stephen Harper is seen with former Conservative staffers, left to proper, Dimitri Soudas, Mike Beaton, and present staffer Ray Novak following an impromptu ball-hockey sport on the tarmac previous to boarding his marketing campaign airplane in Kitchener, Ont., on Saturday, April 9, 2011. (Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

There was no early warning rumble within the distance. No lightning bolt to brace these under for the air-splitting crackle to catch up. The thunderclap got here out of the blue this week instantly over the Stephen Harper marketing campaign buses.

Ray Novak knew, at the very least that is the eyewitness proof Harper’s former lawyer informed the Duffy trial immediately.

So regardless of lame excuses on the contrary, it seems the right-hand-man to the Prime Minister of Canada was within the loop on Nigel Wright’s $90,000 cheque to ghost-finance repaying Mike Duffy’s bogus claims, the PMO’s high lawyer informed police.

The truest phrases out of the Conservative mouthpiece thus far on this gown rehearsal marketing campaign have been to insist it could be “unfathomable” if present chief of workers Novak had information of this incendiary transfer and didn’t share it with the boss.

Nevertheless it appears Novak knew. And he didn’t share. Pity any chairs inside kicking vary when Stephen Harper came upon.

The Ray Novak story is a bit like a Horatio Alger story.

The shy junior aide who carried Harper’s briefcase, set talking notes on the rostrum and checked to verify three glasses of water have been in place, rose to change into essentially the most highly effective appointment in Canada’s political hierarchy.

It nearly goes with out saying that of the 12 Harper workplace disciples thus far implicated within the cowl up from proof within the Duffy bribery allegation, Novak was the least possible Judas.

Many of the others, the infamous short-pant folks, are stuffed with themselves, drunk on energy and enjoyment of flexing PMO muscle on underlings and MPs. I don’t put something previous them.

Not so Ray Novak. He’s no power-tripper. The Conservative caucus likes him. They believed the boss was well-protected when he was on gatekeeping responsibility.

But it now seems Novak noticed a harmful improvement within the greatest scandal confronting the federal government and saved his boss at midnight.

Maybe that’s why Harper sticks to his script in keeping off persistent reporter questions. No phrases can articulate how betrayed he should really feel.

So a nasty scent returns, permeating excessive right into a PMO supposedly given a pre-election housecleaning of workers sullied by the Mike Duffy saga.

And it comes on the worst doable time as Harper trolls for votes, making an attempt to border his superior management because the poll field query.

Novak knew. Harper didn’t. It’s nonetheless inexplicable however, immediately, it’s fathomable.

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