I was one of the many in Peterborough that was shocked and privately saddened by the images of Dean Del Mastro being led to a paddy wagon in shackles. I wasn’t so much shocked at the outcome of his trial: I felt he had likely made the mistakes he was accused of making, and that the penalty would likely be jail time, if only to make an example of him.
But the former MP for Peterborough appealed the verdict, and spent just one night in jail. He survived that one night, and I expect that many people in Peterborough, despite their feelings about him, worried about him and his family that night.
But he survived.
Things have changed since then. The Conservative government that Del Mastro once represented has gone down. His one-time ally Stephen Harper is out of the picture. The new Liberal government has a bright profile that is casting shadows on all else, including the former transgressions of Conservative members of parliament. Del Mastro’s fall from power – from parliamentary secretary, to jailbird – is finished. The story had its ending.
Now, the story is in its denouement: Dean Del Mastro fought a good fight and fell. Now he is living with the consequences. While denouements are interesting in that we see how characters manage following their demise, they are hardly as riveting as the fall itself.
So don’t be surprised if you, like I, don’t feel shock or sadness at Del Mastro heading back to jail. We’re at the end of the book. We already know he will survive.