Friday, July 19, 2013

"Paging Corporal Greg Horton, Royal Canadian Mounted Police! Paging Corporal Horton!"

Good Day Readers:

Because of significant .... ups recently in the Prime Minister's Office, more and more media attention is being focused on Stephen Harper's inner circle of advisors who undoubtedly influence government decision-making even though they are unelected officials.

Recall how not long ago Corporal Horton filed an affidavit suggesting at least three PMO'ers (Plus God knows who else?) knew of the Wright-Duffy $90,000 gift even though Stephen Harper has admantly maintained he was completely oblivious to it until the information was disclosed by the media.

Well, now one of the three has mysteriously disappeared from the Prime Minister's Office. As a public service, let's help Corporal Horton find Christopher Woodcock formerly Director of Issues Management (responsible for putting out fires by reconciling inevitable surprises with the agenda the government is trying to implement).
Ever notice the little boys and girls of the PMO seem to abhor publicity? So too with Mr. Woodcock. Facing this picture he's the third from Stephen Harper's left (partially obsecured) sitting next to Rachel Curran who's listed as Director of Policy.

To this end, CyberSmokeBlog is putting out an All Points Bulletin to its readers. If you have seen Christopher Woodcock please contact Corporal Horton or your nearest RCMP Detachment so he can be interviewed to find out what he knew, when he knew it and what, if anything, he did about the Wright-Duffy $90,000 cheque.

Remember the words of America's Most Wanted founder John Walsh, "You can make a difference!"

Clare L. Pieuk
Senior staffer who allegedly knew of Duffy payment leaves PMO

Chris Woodcock no longer works for Harper

By Meagan Fitzpatrick
Friday, July 19, 2013
The RCMP is investigating a $90,000 cheque to Mike Duffy, right, from Nigel Wright, who at the time was the Prime Minister's Chief of Staff. (Canadian Press)

One of the few people in the Prime Minister's Office who allegedly knew about the $90,000 cheque Nigel Wright wrote for Senator Mike Duffy has left his job.

Chris Woodcock is no longer listed as an employee of the PMO, according to an electronic directory of government employees that was updated some time between Wednesday and Thursday.

Who's who in the Senate expense controversy

Woodcock had been Director of Issues Management in Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Office and he is now working as Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver's Chief of Staff. Woodcock's name recently appeared in court documents filed by the RCMP as part of an investigation into Duffy's Senate expense claims and the cheque that Wright wrote to cover some of the inappropriate claims.

"We don't comment on staffing," Julie Vaux, one of Harper's Press Secretaries said in an email to CBC News. Wright resigned from his post as Harper's Chief of Staff a few days after it became public that he cut a cheque for Duffy, who had committed to repaying his housing and travel allowances.

Harper says he did not know about the cheque and thought Duffy was paying the money back himself.

The court documents indicate that Wright's lawyers told the RCMP that Wright informed three other people in the PMO about his intention to write the $90,000 cheque: Woodcock, Benjamin Perrin, Harper's former Legal Advisor, and David van Hemmen, an Assistant to Wright.

Senator Irving Gerstein, who oversees the Conservative party's fund, also knew according to the court document.

Perrin has also left the PMO in recent months. He has denied being involved in the decision for Wright to cover Duffy's expenses. The RCMP believes Duffy may have committed fraud on the government and breach of trust.


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