Ryan Thiessen has published some thoughful notes on today's tapes at his blog. He suggests that if we had more tapes, we'd probably hear more about Volpe and the RCMP investigation. This is surely right. The whole Volpe exchange is clearly very high on Grewal's agenda. Ryan also suggests
Certainly, Murphy and Dosanjh crossed the line into sleaze by implying that benefits could come, but no specific offer was made. In the end it seems there is no smoking gun, and just a lot of slippery manoeuvring to incorporate plausible denial. This doesn't mean that the Liberals look good -- they do not, not by any standard. But they clearly knew the law and knew how to walk to the very edge of the line without crossing over.I suspect that that is not quite what is going on here. Why don't they offer him a cabinet post? Not because, I suspect, it would be wrong to lure him with one. It seems to me that it is likelier that it is because they simply don't want to make him a cabinet minister. They are willing to let him become a Liberal back-bencher. But not a lot more.