Tuesday, June 30, 2015
In Frank and Passionate Defence of Thomas Mulcair
Well I've defended Justin Trudeau a lot recently, in three of my last six posts.
When she was attacked, I defended Elizabeth May.
And now it seems I must defend Tom Mulcair.
From a story that suggests that he is really a closeted Harper Con.
NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair was in discussions in 2007 to join the Conservative party as a senior adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, discussions that several sources, including former senior Harper staffers, say was the first step in securing Mulcair to run as a Conservative candidate in 2008.
Which couldn't be more ridiculous. Starting with the fact that this story has been extensively covered before, starting in 2007. So it's a very old story.
And the only new allegation comes from Dimitri Soudas.
“All had been agreed upon. He would be a senior adviser to the Prime Minister on the Environment, and would run for us in the next election. Everything was pretty much agreed to,” Soudas said Monday. The Prime Minister was briefed on these negotiations, Soudas adds.
The sticking point, Soudas says, was salary. Soudas says he was authorized to go up to $180,000 a year without getting prior authorization from Harper. “He told me he wanted $300,000 a year and that was his bottom line and, basically, I got back to him, saying I couldn’t go higher that $180,000, and I never heard back from him ever again.
Which for obvious reasons must be taken with a pinch of salt.
Or an apple...
For who would you rather believe Soudas the former Harper stooge, or Mulcair?
Mulcair denies negotiating with Soudas. “I absolutely never spoke with Mr. Soudas at the time,” he says. “I had no intention of running for the Conservatives. “
"At the time, I was also weighing a substantial offer from a top law firm to join their environment section that was well beyond anything available in public service or with a party. More to the point, though, money was never the issue, because I was still interested in serving my fellow citizens.”
How likely is it that a man seeking to become an environmental adviser to the Con government, would ask to be paid like a Prime Minister?
After he had just given up a lucrative job with the Quebec Liberals over a matter of principle, and would shortly after that meeting choose to run for a party that had no MPs in Quebec, and in what was probably the strongest Liberal riding.
And since he became NDP leader has consistently been Stephen Harper's most ferocious adversary...
I mean with friends like that who needs enemies?
But of course we know why this old story has been dragged out now. For the simple reason that Mulcair is now the greatest threat to the Harper Cons.
After focusing their attacks on Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau since he took over the party in 2013, the Conservatives may need to start worrying about the NDP's Thomas Mulcair. Because according to the latest polls, if an election were held today, the New Democrats would probably win.
ThreeHundredEight.com's latest weighted averages show the NDP in the lead in national voting intentions with 32 per cent support, up nine points in only two months since the party's stunning provincial victory in Alberta. The Conservatives have dropped three points since then, falling to second place with 29 per cent support. The Liberals have shed four points over that time, sliding to 27 per cent.
And somebody is panicking...
And the good news? If the Cons and their depraved leader, think they can drag down Mulcair in such a manner they are sadly mistaken.
For they will only do themselves more damage. The Cons will look even more sleazy.
And since Dimitri Soudas is now working for the Liberals, if he was responsible for this smear against Mulcair, they won't look good either.
Which is too bad, because we should all be working together to defeat Stephen Harper before he destroys this country.
And the thought that we're not fills me with despair, and makes me feel for the first time ever like I should give up blogging. For the last thing I want to do is wade through a partisan swamp.
But that's for later, for now I'll only say this.
If you are a progressive focus on the real enemy.
And may our tide keep rising until it swamps the tyrant...
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