Friday, December 16, 2011
Con Canada and the Dirty Trick Gang
Golly Sherlock can you believe this? The polling company behind those phony calls in Irwin Cotler's riding is feeling a little heat.
A trade association that represents Canadian marketing and polling firms says it is looking into complaints about controversial phone calls into Liberal MP Irwin Cotler’s Montreal riding made by one of its members.
So what does Nick Kouvalis the company's principal partner have to say about that?
“We’ve done tens of millions of dials through our call centre and there’s never been any complaint launched against us,” Kouvalis said. “We’re in the business of getting Conservatives elected and ending Liberal careers. We’re good at it.”
And look Sherlock there's more. It also turns out that the company not only worked for Speaker Andrew Scheer's campaign in the last election.
Its founder also managed House Leader Peter Van Loan's campaign in the 2004 election.
House Speaker Andrew Scheer’s dismissal of Liberal MP Irwin Cotler’s complaint that he was the victim of a dirty-tricks telephone campaign in his riding meant one of the top figures in the Conservative Party of Canada avoided being called to Parliament to defend his consulting firm’s role in the affair.
Which really makes me wonder about that ruling, and why Tubby Van Loan defended those dirty tricks in such a disgusting manner.
And as for Nick Kouvalis, I'm sure you remember this fake tweeter during Rob Ford's campaign for Mayor.
Who pretended to be a George Smitherman supporter only to smear him over and over again.
And then turned out to be a man.
The Twitter account was the work of the deputy communications director of Rob Ford’s campaign, Fraser Macdonald, and was created with one purpose in mind: getting the whole recording of a conversation between Dieter Doneit-Henderson and the candidate, in which Ford promised the fibromyalgia-afflicted man that he would “fucking try to find” OxyContin for him.
And what did Nick Kouvalis, Ford's Deputy Campaign Manager, have to say about that and a fake call to a radio show?
Kouvalis denied the anonymous call and fake Twitter account were “dirty tricks,” portraying them as a normal part of campaigns done by all sides.
Oh boy. In a column today Noah Richler wonders whether progressives should turn the table on these grubby Cons and their spinmasters.
Imagine if, not so long ago, Michael Ignatieff had responded to Conservative Party attack ads claiming “He didn’t come back for you,” by turning to Harper and saying, “What, you couldn’t get work anywhere else?”
Oh, for someone to turn this demagogic bunch awash in dirty tricks, but apparently immune to scandals, into the thing that would swiftly undermine them — a joke.
Which I must admit is tempting eh? But in this case I would prefer a public inquiry so we can find out what's really going on, and how far the Con rot has spread.
George Orwell once famously wrote that " in a time of universal deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act."
But I would rephrase it this way. In a time of dirty tricks and the Big Lie, only the truth can make us clean again.
Only the truth can save our country...