Thursday, March 6, 2008

Getting hit where it hurts on the Conservative trust front

Getting hit where it hurts on the Conservative trust front
Lawrence Martin
Globe and Mail
March 6, 2008

"Trust, say the pollsters, is one of the Harper government's strongest selling commodities. Lose it and look out".......people might think you are fraudulent and/or incompetent


Anonymous said...

I was told by Harper in a letter dated November 24, 2006 that:

"Canadians must trust"

Think again, loser

Brent Fullard

Robert Gibbs said...

If anyone has any doubts about the Cadman Bribery allegations, please feel free to read on...

Feb 29, 2008
Richard Brennan & Scott Reid

The Toronto Star (Edit)

OTTAWA–The Conservative party, and its predecessors, have faced previous charges of offering to pay off people to achieve goals.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper denied yesterday it [the Cadman offer] ever happened, but history shows he has denied similar charges that later proved to be true.

It wouldn't take Columbo to pull apart the threads fraying at the edges of this story. In mounting a defence, Harper's track record on such matters will lend him little credibility.

After all, the Prime Minister denied that his party offered Alan Riddell $50,000 to step aside as a candidate in Ottawa South. But a judge ruled that's exactly what happened.

Just over a year ago, the judge ordered the Conservatives to pay $50,000 to the former candidate who stepped aside in last January's election in favour of a big-name recruit.

Alan Riddell, nominated in 2005 to be a candidate in Ottawa South in the Jan. 23, 2006 election, was offered $50,000 to make way for Allan Cutler. When the promised compensation wasn't paid, Riddell launched a lawsuit.

Harper, then Conservative leader, denied an agreement existed.

Riddell's lawyer, Tom Conway, said the party entered a binding agreement if he would make way for Cutler, who eventually lost the election to Liberal David McGuinty.


A year ago, records were produced indicating Stockwell Day, now public safety minister, spent or intended to spend public and party funds to pay former MP Jim Hart to quit in 2000.

In 2000, when Day was the newly elected leader of the Canadian Alliance, Hart stepped aside to allow Day to run in a by-election in the B.C. riding of Okanagan-Coquihalla, which he won that fall.

Hart will neither confirm nor deny he received $50,000.

Once a tory always a fool said...

I'll be an old fool. Like a icejam starting to leak a swollen river, the Globe & Mail is finally recognizing that Harper is not a trustworthy commodity.

What took so long?