Saturday, March 01, 2008

Denial runs through it: The Tories and the Cadman affair

That the Conservative party is going to deny bribing former MP Chuck Cadman is obvious. On The House radio program on CBC one this morning conservative MP James Moore put forward the denial of the two men supposed to pitch the inducement to Mr.Cadman as evidence that they hadn't offered a bribe. I suppose that is sufficient evidence that nothing criminal happened- The Conservatives seem to think so.

Rather more telling is that Stephen Harper is qouted on a piece of tape refering to the offer to Mr.Cadman, shortly after his death. The Conservatives claim that Harper didn't make the comment, that the comment is taken out of context and that the tape was electronically forged. This stumbling, contradictory, angry attempt sounds like the pompous defense style of the Mulroney -era Tories.

The denials are so clumsy, the Conservatives should be ashamed to use such a suspect defense. Damn their lies, and damn them for thinking their lies were sufficient.
We need an election now. And I still stand by my prediction that they'll pull about 34% of the vote, because the Grits are still too arrogant and the Tories still have a base who would deny anything the Tories do wrong. Perhaps the Tories should go for an election now, lose, and come back after the recession that looms.

1 comment:

Scott in Montreal said...

Yes, it's time. Everything is looking rather bad for the Super-secret Harper Imitation Tories right now. Pat Martin, on CTV's Question Period today, used the word treason. Maybe not, but it's a pretty big scandal and the Cadman clan (particularly daughter Jodi) are very articulate, sure-footed and sympathetic. Even should the RCMP declare this isn't prosecutable, it surely is political dynamite for Peevey Stevie.

"If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country."
-E.M. Forster