Is that a prosthetic device, or...

Talking of bugs in the bed, Couillard’s story is not that implausible. Apparently the Mounties did just the same to Gerda Munsinger, the East German prostitute and spy whose assignations with various members of the Diefenbaker cabinet set the gold standard for sex scandals in federal politics (with the Francis Fox forgery case a close second). What they heard on the tapes was for a time the source of some puzzlement back at HQ: a loud “whump” sound every so often, as if something heavy had fallen to the floor.

Eventually the source of the noise was explained. It was Pierre Sevigny, the decorated war veteran and associate minister of National Defence, removing his wooden leg in preparation for action.

Or so one reads.

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