Well, I could be wrong, but I believe Accountability is an old, old wooden
ship that was used during the War of 1812.
MANSBRIDGE: Do you read it? Do you read Canadian media?
HARPER: No. My staff every day gives me a review of the headlines, a review of the major stories on television, just an overview. I want to get the view the public gets of media reporting. The public sees the big picture. They don't get into every single editorial, or is every single, you know - is every single reference of me positive or negative? I don't need to know that stuff. I would go crazy if I spent all my time obsessing on that stuff. I need to know the big picture, what's the public hearing and seeing and to the extent that they are able to communicate back, what they are saying. But other than that, I need to be able to keep my head clear, and focus on whether decisions are right or wrong.
On April 18th, 2013, the leading political headline from Global News was Mike Duffy welching on his promise to repay the $90K. If this leading political story did not reach his ears, it would differ from the routine that his office has setup. If his Chief of Staff didn't inform him on the absurd situation of Mike Duffy being given a $90K cheque only to go in front of cameras claiming he expects to be vindicated and not have to pay a scent, then there's a serious problem as to how that office operates.
This is the same PMO did was dealt a black eye by Bev Oda's extravagance of hotel rooms, limos and orange juice. The topic of accountability and personal conduct was either important to the Prime Minister, in which case he would've been told; or it wasn't, in which case the whole refrain of "The Conservative Party is the party of accountability" is an empty slogan.
Either way, when it comes to accountability, Stephen Harper has a lot to answer for.