Monday, March 31, 2008

RCMP Commissioner Zaccardelli’s income trust election manipulation ranks with Stephen Harper’s income trust election lie.

"Fair to assume" naming ex-finance minister influenced election: Complaints commissioner

March 31, 2008
Richard Brennan

OTTAWA ˜ It is fair to assume the RCMP's decision to name former Liberal finance minister Ralph Goodale in criminal investigation influenced the outcome of the 2006 federal election, the chair of the RCMP public complaints commission says.

While Goodale was cleared in the income trust investigation, Paul Kennedy said the damage was already done when the RCMP, at the direction of former commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli, breached the police force's past practice and released Goodale's name to the media.

The Liberals were defeated in the Jan. 23 election, making way for a Conservative minority government.

Goodale was accused by the New Democratic Party of leaking sensitive financial information about income trusts and many believe that the controversy contributed to the Liberals' election loss.

Kennedy said it was "credible to assume" that Zacardelli's decision to write a letter on Dec. 23, 2005 to the complainant New Democrat MP Judy Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North) confirming that a criminal investigation had been launched and then a Dec. 28 press release naming him negatively influenced the election.

"It is credible to assume that it may have been (a factor)," he told reporters.

Kennedy has recommended the RCMP adopt strict guideline, with few exceptions, that information of this nature not be released during an election.

"In this particular case providing information to someone in the midst of an election, who is the finance critic, you know it is going to be used for a particular purpose ... and the RCMP knew that," he said.

The market value for many income trusts soared after Goodale, then Liberal finance minister, announced late on Nov. 23, 2005, that he would not impose a tax on the popular investment vehicles. Instead he proposed tax changes for corporate dividends that would create a more level playing field with the trust units.

In February, 50-year-old Serge Nadeau, director general for tax policy analysis at the finance department, was charged with breach of trust. It is alleged Nadeau made about $7,000 on deals, according to court record.

Kennedy noted that Zacardelli, who took a hands-on approach to the Goodale information release, and other senior officers, refused to co-operate with the public complaints commissioner's investigation into the RCMP's handling of the income trust matter.


Dr Mike said...

It was one thing for the RCMP to influence an election.

It is another thing for Mr Harper to influence a decision by then Finance Minister Goodale.

In the former , we have Canada`s police force inject themselves into an election campaign at the bidding of the NDP`s Judy W-L--the same NDP who were complicit in the formation of the Tax fairness Plan-----a coincidence , I think not.

In the latter , we have the then Finance Minister decide not to tax trusts because of pressure placed on them By the Harper opposition--this led to the statement by Mr Harper "When Ralph Goodale tried to tax Income Trusts ... don't forget, don't forget this ...they showed us where they stood. They showed us about their attitudes towards raiding seniors hard earned assets and a Conservative government will never allow either of these parties to get away with that" .

Ten months later , BAM , KERPOW ---the trusts were taxed & all of us who bought trusts on Mr Harper`s promise were dead in the water.

Bad news when we can`t trust our National Police force or our Prime Minister.

Dr Mike.

Anonymous said...

Both of these actions are beneath contempt.

I guess the difference is that Zaccardelli is an appointed crook and Harper is an elected crook.

maybe they should serve time together. Zaccardelli for corrupting our democracy and fair election and Harper for bribing Cadman.

By the way, who is investigating Harper's alleged bribe of Chuck Cadman?

Oh god, not the RCMP!

Robert Gibbs said...

I would have to say respect for the RCMP (and former [fired]commissioner Zaccardelli) just reached a new low.

Mary the Golfer said...

The unofficial motto of the RCMP has always been "we always get our man".

Now it has become "we sorta always get our man occasionally , and only when it is in our best interests or of those of the ruling Conservative government".

Mary P.

Robert Gibbs said...

anonymous said...

Maybe they should serve time together.

I suggest a nice little cell in Mexico.


anonymous said...

By the way, who is investigating Harper's alleged bribe of Chuck Cadman?

Humm..."alleged"...I see they put a libel chill on you too.

Nice little "democracy" we now have here in Canada, isn't it?

Robert Gibbs said...

dr mike said...

"Ten months later , BAM , KERPOW ---"

Holy income trust crime Batman!

Robert Gibbs said...

mary the golfer said...

"Now it has become "we sorta always get our man occasionally..."

And unnecessary taser use is always required, especially where "unfavored" politicians are concerned.

Robert Gibbs said...

anonymous said...

"By the way, who is investigating Harper's alleged bribe of Chuck Cadman?"

Geeze, I wonder if Stevie offered Zaccardelli a $1 million insurance bribe too?