Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Conservative MP apologizes for Harper's income trusts

For Immediate Release
September 24, 2008

Conservative MP apologizes for Harper's income trusts betrayal

WHITBY - Conservative MPs are continuing to feel the sting of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's income trusts betrayal at the door, with St. Catharines' Conservative Candidate Rick Dykstra trying to limit the damage to his re-election chances.

Speaking at an all candidates' debate, Mr. Dykstra tried to remove the Flaherty albatross from his campaign by asking forgiveness from the voters:

"We made a commitment. We didn't keep that commitment, and for that I apologize to the people of St. Catharines who were impacted by that decision." (Federal Election Candidates Debate, Cogeco, September 23, 2008)

The founder of the Canadian Association of Income Trust Investors and now Liberal Candidate for Whitby-Oshawa, Brent Fullard has said now that Mr. Dykstra has been so candid about the betrayal, it is time from Finance Minister Jim Flaherty tosay he is sorry too.

"So far all the Conservatives have offered to income trust investors is scorn and disdain," said Mr. Fullard. "Mr. Dykstra's apology is a good first step, but it is meaningless unless the Conservatives reverse their policy.

"Canadians need to hear an apology from the architect of this financial disaster, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty," he said.



Liberal Party of Canada Press Office


CAITI said...

Rick Dykstra MP: This sounds more like brow beating, than it does an apology

Mr. Rick Dykstra (St. Catharines, CPC): Mr. Fortin, we've got letters from finance ministers from across this country, from every province in the country. The finance department supports this. Mr. David Dodge has made his comments today, Mr. D'Alessandro, Mr. Dancey. You're in opposition to that and as a former member of the Department of Finance you made an absurd comment that I think discredited you as witness here today by stating that big corporations behind the scenes have influenced the ministry of finance in their decisions. Are you suggesting that's what happened when you actually worked for the Department of Finance? Or is that happening after you left?

Mr. Yves Fortin: No, sir.
Mr. Chairman, what I am saying is that the corporations are applauding the measures because it suits them. That's what I'm saying. Do not try to distort what I said

Robert Gibbs said...

And was it not even reported by the Glib & Mail in early November, 2006 that these very CEOs were lobbying - unregistered - Harper and his henchmen behind the scenes months before the Halloween massacre?

Yes , they were.

The reality is that Harper, Flaherty and his CON men don't give a damn, and they'll say and do anything to get re-elected.

And sadly, the public remains blissfully unaware.