James Koole offers us four scenarios for the Grewal affair:
- Grewal was looking for a plumb appointment at any cost, and when he didn’t get a firm assurance, he took it to the press because he was angry that he couldn’t get a deal done.
- Grewal was looking for a plumb appointment, and when he didn’t get a firm assurance, he realized that he had really stuck his neck out and went to the press before Harper and the rest of the Party found out. He then claimed it was a sting.
- Grewal was approached by the Liberals, but when they got Belinda on side, they didn’t need him anymore and were smart enough to never actually promise anything specific.
- The whole thing was an elaborate entrapment scheme cooked up by senior Tories who were looking for more corruption ammunition upon seeing the latest poll results.
Another possibility, which I think needs serious consideration, is that Grewal recognized that he was in a position to extract a price from the Liberals and initiated discussions. His price--a cabinet post. Over pizza, Dosanjh made it clear that a cabinet post was unthinkable for a new crossee: Brison had to wait, Dosanjh himself had to wait. The next morning there was the block buster--Belinda crossed and had a new cabinet post (!). But after extended discussions, there was still no cabinet post for Grewal. He was sufficiently pissed that he decided to turn the whole thing into a sting. (This is a sub-version of Koole's #3)
The problem with all of these is--why the recordings? Don't they suggest that he was setting up a 'sting'? Unless, of course, he makes a habit of recording conversations. He has done it before, apparently. But if he had been doing much of this, wouldn't he have exposed this earlier and use (e.g.) his recordings to prove his version of disputed conversations?