Mike Storeshaw Conservative strategist "I'm not a lawyer, and I don't pretend to understand the ins and outs of civil litigation. Individuals and parties involved in these cases obviously have their own reasons for starting and ending them on whatever basis they choose. "I'm certain that conspiracy theories will abound with respect to the settlement, none of which likely have any resemblance to its actual terms. "I don't know the particular details myself, and frankly, I don't have any greater claim to them than anyone else. If the issue has been resolved to the satisfaction of all involved, that's strictly their prerogative. "From the perspective of Parliament, it's refreshing to see politicians focusing on some issues that actually matter, like dealing with a global recession and passing an economic action plan to help Canadians deal with its effects, rather than shouting allegations back and forth." Daniel Lauzon Liberal strategist "It's important to distinguish between the so-called Cadman affair and the lawsuit brought by Stephen Harper against the Liberal Party of Canada. Prime Minister Harper's lawsuit is over. As a recent editorial pointed out, this 'would return this matter to the political arena, where it always belonged,' (The Toronto Star, Feb. 10, 2009)." Karl Bélanger NDP strategist "Absolutely, they should explain. "Implicating a Prime Minister in alleged bribery is a thundering allegation. And Stephen Harper denied it with equal thunder. 'This will prove to be, in court, the biggest mistake the leader of the Liberal Party has ever made.' That's what Mr. Harper said in 2008. "Now, suddenly, that's all gone? "Massive questions loom unanswered. All we know is both parties settled their suit—just days after the Liberals rubber-stamped the Conservative budget. And days later, they've gone on to keep Stephen Harper in power through his 50th straight confidence test. "Does Mr. Harper now agree with the Liberal allegations on the Cadman affair? When Jack Layton asked him that question in Parliament, Mr. Harper refused to answer and made fun of Stéphane Dion instead. "So what happened? "We know that the tape of Mr. Harper's thoughts on Chuck Cadman was not doctored. "We know that the case has been settled out of the public eye, with no costs awarded to either side. "What we do not know is whether the bribery allegations had any merit. What does this do to the public's trust in their elected representatives? And how does it serve the memory of Chuck Cadman?"