When public figures are accused of wrong-doing, what often brings them down is not the deed itself but the covering up of the deed.
That might be the fate for Liberal MP Scott Brison.
Brison sent an email to a Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce employee on the eve of a crucial government announcement on income trusts. The former cabinet minister told his friend to expect good news.
Brison insists he did nothing wrong. He says he had no inside information.
But when confronted by Globe and Mail reporters a few days ago about this affair, Brison claimed he couldn’t remember sending the email.
Yesterday, however, he changed his story.
Now he admits to sending the email and says his earlier denial was made because he feared any comment would impede the police probe.
Clearly, Brison’s bumbling of this whole mess has undermined his credibility.
Not that this turncoat had much credibility in the first place.