One controversy that was unfolding, was that of comments made by Gordon Stamp, the campaign chairman for Edmonton East and Conservative candidate Peter Goldring. He was quoted as saying [Bouquets of Gray, Conservative Official: "Alberta has no future in Canada", easterners are "idiots"]:
[Same-sex marriage] was not an election issue. Canadian voters never really considered that - which is why the Liberals are terrified to have that "hot potato" around in the upcoming election. That is why they shoved it through both the House of Commons and the Senate - they know most voters are stupid and will forget that the next time they vote.That has since been resolved [Bouquets of Gray, the last time I did this...]:
Which confirms to me that Alberta has no future in Canada. We refuse to be ruled by a corrupt dictatorship that continually stays in power by a bunch of eastern voting idiots."
Statement by Peter Goldring:Good job, Buckets, and good job, Mr. Goldring.
"This evening I learned about comments posted on the internet by Mr. Gordon Stamp, who has been serving as manager of my campaign in Edmonton East. I was deeply disturbed by these comments, which in no way reflect my views or those of the Conservative Party. To the contrary, I have spent my entire adult life fighting for a united Canada, and, in fact, was drawn into public service to fight for Canada as a united federation.
"Mr. Stamp has stepped down as the campaign manager for Edmonton East."
Mr. Stamp does not belong in any Conservative Party that I know of, and he certainly doesn't belong in mine.
Mr. Stamp, good riddance.
So, that's one controversy down, and another to go [M.K. Braaten, CTV provides evidence of possible leak]:
Tonight CTV National news had even more devastating news for the Martin Liberals. CTV has found individuals who offered evidence of a leak from within the Ministry of Finance.Head over to M.K.'s site for the full quotes.
The theory previously floated by some that investors purchased only on speculation appears to be more and more flimsy by the day. With heavy hitters on Bay Street claiming they received emails from Liberal strategists containing information about the yet-to-be released tax announcement, one can only think the most plausible outcome of this scandal is that there was in fact a leak. It appears the reason the RCMP initiated a criminal investigation looks more and more warranted by the day.
We'll see if that one resolves as nicely. My guess, is no. And, my guess is that this won't be resolved by January 23rd.
Conservative response ... we'll let the Liberals explain it for a while. That way, we can continue to talk policy.
More on the income trust leak:
- CBC Canada Votes 2006, The Income Trust Probe