…His conciliatory remarks in front of reporters on Thursday were an attempt to shift public attention away from the scandal.
“He’s trying to strike a kind of tone that is reasonable, acknowledging that this could been handled better,” said Lori Turnbull, a professor of political science at Dalhousie University. “[He’s saying] essentially this is a communications issue. This is a political competence issue at worse, but this is not a corruption issue and nobody pushed anybody around.”
But the prime minister’s statement did little to placate political rivals.