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
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.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
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