Sunday, July 05, 2015
The Totally Unsurprising Vindication of Tom Mulcair
A few days ago I wrote a post defending Tom Mulcair from a Maclean's story that claimed that he once asked Stephen Harper for a chance to serve him.
And only turned down the job because he wasn't offered enough money.
Having watched Mulcair in the Quebec National Assembly long before he entered federal politics, something about that story didn't seem right.
And sure enough it seems it was just a grotesque smear.
Senior Conservatives and New Democrats are defending Thomas Mulcair’s portrayal of a period in early 2007 when the NDP leader — then poised to leave the provincial Liberals in Quebec — was in private talks with headhunters from Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives.
Mulcair wasn't interested in running for the Cons, he was interested in this job:
Mulcair, according to NDP and Conservative sources, was interested in becoming president of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, a since-disbanded arm’s-length organization that produced critical reports on the government’s environmental record.
And when Stephen Harper had other ideas...
One of the Conservative sources confirmed to The Sun that the Tory goal at the start of the process was to recruit Mulcair as an adviser, then have him become a candidate. But neither Tory source recollected Mulcair ever indicating he wanted to run under the Tory banner in 2008.
He walked away from him.
And yes, just as I wrote in my post, it seems the attempted smear came from the former Harper stooge Dimitri Soudas.
The sources said the Maclean’s piece was based primarily on statements by former Harper media spokesman Dimitri Soudas, now with the Liberals due to his romantic relationship with Tory-turned-Liberal MP Eve Adams. “This looks like (it’s about) Mulcair’s rise in polls and Liberals getting angry and using this and trying to twist this,” one said.
And yes, it also must be said that Justin Trudeau should have known what he was getting when he invited Soudas and his beloved Eve Adams to join his party.
Or enter his garden....
And to think that I once thought that the Liberals would use Dimitri to attack his former master, by revealing some of his secrets.
And I'm sure you know how I have always believed that our blind partisanship can only destroy us.
And how hard I have worked to try to get the progressive parties to work together, and concentrate on the REAL enemy.
How disappointed I am.
And how low have we fallen...
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