Four hours? Or 1.25 hours?
In the comments of the last post, Mike (ever vigilant and helpful) points out:
We may never know. It seems the CPC is now claiming that that is all of the tapes (here).. Something is surely fishy. But what? As I see it, there are several possibilities.
So for 11 days they say there are 4 hours and now there are 1 hour and 15 minutes? Something smells fishy to me...
- The conservatives have other tapes and don't want the public to see them, presumably because they clear the Liberals and/or make Grewal look very bad.
- The Conservatives are telling the truth as far as they know it (they've released all the tapes they know about), but Grewal lied to them. (Only Grewal knows how many tapes he made. If he only gave half of them to the Conservatives, they will not know of the others.)
- Both the Conservatives and Grewal are telling the truth. The falsehood was when Grewal lied about there being four hours--"It doesn't take four hours to say 'no'".
First, it is difficult to believe that Grewal did not tape the pizza date, since he taped the process of setting up the date and the follow-up discussion the next morning. So I find it hard to believe that he does not have that version.
But it is important to emphasize how few of Grewal's statements seem to be true. When this affair started, he said that he was offered a cabinet post, an ambassadorship, and/or a senate seat to cross the floor. As it turns out, he was offered none of those things. There are hints that he may be given a position as parliamentary secretary, but that's it. So if he can turn "we'll talk about making you parliamentary secretary" into a senate seat, it doesn't strain credibility too much to say that he might stretch an hour-and-a-bit into four hours.