Michael Ignatieff, April 6. “I believe that Mr. Harper is lacking respect towards Mr. Mulroney … after all he was a prime minister of Canada. And I have respect for the institution and I have respect for the character of the person.”

Stephen Harper, April 8. “I think what Canadians will see is when it comes to a very difficult issue of government conduct and government ethics, this government has behaved responsibly and the other party leader has absolutely no moral compass when it comes to dealing with this kind of a matter.”

Conservative caucus meeting, today. “The message was he’s a past prime minister and deserves to be treated with respect.”