Thursday, April 29, 2010

Ralph Goodale isn't the only one to hold a grudge

Jane Taber writes that “Ralph Goodale holds a grudge” against NDP MP Judy Wasylycia-Lies who announced her sudden departure from Parliament earlier this week. Well he isn’t the only one holding a grudge. Judy Wasylycia-Leis represents the worst in a politician. Incompetent and deceitful in the extreme. Judy Wasylycia-Leis was the NDP party’s Finance Critic who instructed her party to support Harper’s income trust tax that was predicated on Harper’s, Flaherty’s and Mark Carney’s patent lie that income trust cause tax leakage. Judy Wasylycia-Leis accepted Harper’s proof of tax leakage, that took the form of 18 pages of blacked out documents like the dutiful incompetent that she is. In the process, Judy participated and was instrumental in one of the biggest frauds in the history of this country. One that cost 2.5 million Canadians to lose $35 billion of their life savings.

I have nothing but contempt for Judy Wasylycia-Leis, in the same manner that Judy Wasylycia-Leis has nothing but contempt for democracy, due process transparency and accountability. Good riddance to Judy Wasylycia-Leis. I wonder what incompetent the NDP will find to replace her, in the same way that Thomas Mulcair (current NDP Finance Critic) has proven to be.

Ralph Goodale holds a grudge

Jane Taber
Globe and Mail

Like an elephant, the Liberal House Leader never forgets.

In the national caucus meeting yesterday, veteran Saskatchewan MP Ralph Goodale stood up to make an important announcement. A colleague described him as “hot” – hot under the collar and agitated.

He told MPs and senators, according to sources, that no one was to honour, give accolades or make complimentary statements in the House about Judy Wasylycia-Leis, the NDP veteran who announced this week that she is leaving federal politics. Tomorrow is her last day; she says she wants to spend some time with her family but there is strong speculation she will announce her bid for the Winnipeg mayoralty.

Why should Mr. Goodale care if his colleagues pay tribute to the feisty MP who has devoted 13 years service to federal politics?

He has not forgotten Ms. Wasylycia-Leis’s role in the defeat of the Liberal government in the 2006 election and how his name was dragged into it. In fact, he has described the event as one of the most painful of his career.

At the time, Mr. Goodale was finance minister in Paul Martin’s minority government. Income trusts and how the Liberals would handle them was a big issue. In November, 2005, Mr. Goodale he revealed the Liberals would not tax income trusts.

But Ms. Wasylycia-Leis, the NDP’s finance critic, wrote to the RCMP Commissioner at the time, Giuliano Zaccardelli, asking the force to investigate allegations of leaks around the announcement as trading of income trusts spiked just hours before the announcement.

And in the midst of the election campaign that winter, the RCMP sent a letter to the NDP MP confirming a criminal investigation was under way; in a subsequent press release the Commissioner asked that Mr. Goodale’s name be included, according to a Globe and Mail report.

Ms. Wasylcia-Leis immediately called for Mr. Goodale’s resignation; it is believed that this incident led, in part, to the defeat of the minority Martin government. Stephen Harper and his Conservatives won.

The RCMP later admitted that including Mr. Goodale’s name was not in keeping with past practices.

This, of course, raised the question of bias in the midst of an election campaign. The RCMP Public Complaints Commission, however, found no evidence of wrongdoing of “illegal activity on the part of anyone” – and that included Mr. Goodale.

When asked about Mr. Goodale’s remarks about Ms. Wasylcia-Leis to his colleagues this week, his spokesman said Liberals do not comment on what goes on inside caucus.


Anonymous said...

I remember when she replied to my letter, her stating that it was too late to do anything because some people had already sold their trusts and lost their money.
I asked if she would have recommended turning the life boats back from the Titanic because some people had already drowned...her next response was the standard crap about having all companies convert blah blah...Flaherty crap.
She is an idiot and she hired an equally bad idiot (Diane U) as her expert. The only thing worse than a hired expert is a stupid hired expert.


Anonymous said...

I remember Judy Wasylycia-Leis and Diane Urquhart sitting in each others laps during the hearings. Diane Urquhart as the great financial guru that the NDP depend on for expert advice.
I wonder if Thomas Mulcair ever got his garbage sorted out. Come to think of it i wonder if spinnyrite Diane urquart has lost her bobbin? The NDP sure know how to pick them. Scary actually, when you realize people such as these have a major influence on our lives.


Dr Mike said...

It`s fine for Ralph to be burned-off but who really lost in this whole mess , the small investor & the rest of Canada.

Sure Ralph had his ego bruised but like most politicians he has plenty more where that came from.

For the small investor like myself , we were kicked in the financial cojones & lost part of our life savings -- unlike the egos mentioned above , there was not plenty more $$ to go around.

The country lost billions more in lost future revenues as trusts were sold into non-taxable hands & private income taxable streams were decimated.

Do people like Judy W-L care??

I somehow doubt it as they just look at this as water under the bridge --we made our corporate buddies happy , so pffffttttt to anyone else.

Good bye Judy ---don`t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

Thank God , I am not bitter.

Dr Mike Popovich

Kephalos said...

I 'trust' (that word again) that the Liberals will always remember the Finance-Con-RCMP-NDP collusion on the Income Trust tax as the bleeding edge of Canada's lost years under the Harper Tories.

Bruce Benson said...

Good bye Judy, I am so happy to see you leave. Your stupidity and ignorance will not be missed. You truly were a waste of tax payers money. Your incompetance rivals Harper and Flaherty. You have given so little and took so much. Again, good bye and good riddance. To bad the other idiots like Mulcair and Happy Jack will not be joing you any time soon. Hope you have a miserable life just like you caused so many Income Trust investors. Ah, but I unlike Goodale am not bitter.

Yours truly

Michael said...

Every dog deserves a bone. Of course, an elephant's grave yard wouldn't satisfy the NDP. I say," toss her a skull one bone head to another." And good riddance.

Anonymous said...

I agree that Judy is totally out to lunch and unethical. But Raplh has done NOTHING on this income trust file so I don't think he's a heck of a lot better.


Alogon said...

But isn't the best part of these kinds of stories that the incompetent fools are rewarded for their short-sightedness, avarice and disregard for the taxpayers with a golden pension so they can continue to live off the backs of said taxpayers?
Doesn't it feel good to know you will work your ass off for decades with little to no pension and these idiots get a gorgeous one after 6 years?