Thursday, June 02, 2005

I'll lead you to Hell if I choose

Another day, another increasingly weird defense of the indefensible: OTTAWA -- Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh has accused the Conservatives of splicing damaging words into the recordings made secretly by Tory MP Gurmant Grewal and removing segments from publicly released versions. The charge that the Conservatives had tampered with recordings that show Mr. Dosanjh and the Prime Minister's chief of staff, Tim Murphy, dangling the possibility of cabinet and other appointments for Mr. Grewal and his MP wife, Nina Grewal, if they switched sides in a crucial May 19 confidence vote was greeted with derision by the Tories, who called it a diversion tactic. At this rate, by Monday, the G&M's headline is going to be accusing Grewal of having put a gun to Dosanjh's and Murphy's heads. After all, a fine, upstanding PMO staffer and cabinet minister wouldn't say such incriminating things unless coerced by a scary Conservative backbencher, right? It stands to reason. As the New Democrats filed an official complaint with the Commons Ethics Commissioner calling for an inquiry and the Conservatives insisted that senior officials in the Liberal government had tried to buy an MP's vote, Mr. Dosanjh charged that the recordings are not only badly translated but pieced together from different conversation and edited to cut out sections. I can't believe that. It's just too improbable; the Tories have too much to lose. Why would they attempt ham-handed, Liberalesque forgeries? Moreover, it's still a distraction from the real issue: an offer was made, and a most improper if not criminal one at that. Chuck Cadman ought to be really proud of himself right about now, for propping up this continuing nonsense...


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