Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Vote out...Vellacott?

In the midst of what has been a rather uninspiring campaign, it's nice to have guys like Rob Anders remind me of why I'm a Liberal. Taking a cue from the "Vote out Anders" campaign, comes "Vote out Vellacott".

Also in the news, it appears a Tory candidate in the BC interior is set to stand trial for smuggling booze across the border. This is far less damaging than had he, you know, said there should be minor restrictions on aborting 8 month old fetuses or something, but it marks the first time since Christmas that CTV has led off their news with a story negative to the CPC.

Oh, and there's also this, this, and this.

Still, they all seem like minor scratches when Martin needs to draw blood.

UPDATE: Zeisman won't be allowed to sit as a Tory. Mark this seat down for the NDP.


  • None of this will hurt Harper. The country is all passed that bullshit. It just won't happen and we know it. I would rather have a conservative government with a few "suspect social" issues than a government that steals from it's own country. The liberals are beyond redemption and will not survive.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:27 a.m.  

  • Yeah, the guy didn't declare his booze and his new ride.

    A one day story. I also don't think Martin and Co. will want to raise the whole "charged with offences" thing given what's happened as of late.

    And consider this: the NDP is running a convicted felon, not someone charged. (Svend).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:35 a.m.  

  • Anon

    I can smell your fear.

    The Tories have peaked early and the Liberals and their MSM allies have begun their attack. By the time the dust is settled PM will still be PMPM.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:21 a.m.  

  • Don't worry. The Conservatives know he is going to lose the race.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:41 a.m.  

  • i find it funny that the G&M is back using the notoriously anti-CPC Gloria Galloway (any realtion to George?) to cover them as their lead increased. I knew who wrote that piece as soon as i saw the headline. Not a shock the G+M is using whatever means possible to try and return Canada's worst PM ever.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:00 a.m.  

  • The thing that surprised me about the Conservative candidate David Zeisman thing was that the Conservatives are allowing him to stay on.

    By Blogger Koby, at 3:08 a.m.  

  • could be more trouble ahead for Mr Zeisman

    Trail Times Letter to the editor: “Derek Zeisman has the nerve to say that 'Despite his close call, the accident had not been an over(ly) traumatic experience. Rather than a bad experience, in some ways it was a very good experience.' Well, it certainly has been a traumatic and not very good experience to the young lady he hit while he was driving recklessly in poor weather. He appeared to be passing when unsafe to do so and was in her lane when he hit her oncoming car.
    The single parent he hit with his vehicle is now on crutches and unable to work at her nursing position. She missed all the Christmas festivities because of a very badly bruised face and two black eyes and the loss of her car as well as her fear of going out on the ice and snow on crutches.
    She was unable to ski during the holidays with her father visiting from Ontario and her young daughter off from school for the holidays.
    It may be months before she can work to support her six-year-old daughter. She may not ski for the rest of the season.
    I can assure Mr. Zeisman that this was a very traumatic accident to his victim.
    Not one person from the Conservative Party, media, or Mr. Zeisman's representatives has ever shown one bit of interest, remorse or concern for his innocent victim. She could have been killed due to Mr. Zeisman's reckless driving.”
    J. Campbell

    Former Vancouver Sun reporter Sean Holman’s blog:

    By Blogger Koby, at 5:25 a.m.  

  • The Grope & Flail is a conservative newspaper. Has been for a century. Not of the "I hate Canada" breed like NaPost, or mouth breathing Sun Media, but conservative none the less. Read "War Games"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:39 a.m.  

  • I suspect that if it were possible to bounce Zeisman as a candidate and put in someone else, the Tories would have done so.

    Any lawyers in the house know if it's still possible for the party to appoint a new candidate if Mr. Z were to "resign"?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:27 a.m.  

  • Even if it is legally possible there is not enough time to gather nominations and hold a riding nomination meeting to select a new candidate. More here:

    By Blogger Andrew, at 7:53 a.m.  

  • I agree with CG that the whole "Zeisman Affair" will probably not be much more than a scratch even though it was a car and 112 bottles of liquor (we don't of course know if this large volume was for his own consumption or re-sale).

    However, I do find it interesting just how quick the party was to dismiss the smuggling charges as merely "administrative" and declare it still "stands behind" him. Don't forget, this is the party that says it is going to get tougher on all forms of crime and all forms of corruption as well as tightening security at our borders. Interesting and telling, I think.


    By Blogger Ted Betts, at 10:02 a.m.  

  • the cpc can't replace him and the seat is now locked in for the ndp.

    the cpc is right not to pile onto him immediately.

    but before the 23rd they ought to tell voters in the riding that he is effectively an independant.

    the riding will judge him and then the judge.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:03 a.m.  

  • Apparently, the charges aren't criminal and so did not show up on his criminal records/background check. The guy lied. And now the guy is gone. That's how it should be done. A lesson for certain other people responsible for department(s) under RCMP investigation? I think so.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:45 a.m.  

  • Here CG, post these for a good laugh on Liberal attack ads:

    Liberal Ad One: Adscam
    Liberal Ad Three: Ethics
    Liberal Ad Four: GST
    Liberal Ad Five: Guns
    Liberal Ad Six: Guns Part II
    Liberal Ad Seven: Income Trust
    Liberal Ad Eight: Notwithstanding I
    Liberal Ad Nine: Notwithstanding II
    Liberal Ads Ten: Notwithstanding III
    Liberal Ads Eleven: CSL
    Liberal Ads Twelve: Tax Cuts


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:55 a.m.  

  • see the ads at

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:00 a.m.  

  • Looks like Harper handled this about as well as he could have, and within 24 hours, t'boot.

    By Blogger Jason Hickman, at 11:31 a.m.  

  • Anders and Vellacott are the 2 Conservative MPs I would like to see defeated in this election, but I know both will win again.

    By Blogger John Murney , at 12:07 p.m.  

  • Stephen Harper actually announced that he wants to increase frickin' sharks with laser beams on their heads in our cities.

    Canadian cities.

    Frickin' sharks with frickin' laser beams.

    On their frickin' heads.

    In our cities.

    In Canada.

    We did not make this up.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:15 p.m.  

  • "Harper Standing up in front of a sign that said "Accountability" and saying that "he relies on others to check these things" is just too funny."

    What - you expect him to do all the paperwork in every riding? You think the PM should be signing the cheques for every government department? Of course he relies on other people - that's the way things are done in every organization bigger than a one-man shop. As for "Accountability" - he took that on squarely; he bounced Zeisman because he didn't want someone under investigation in the caucus.

    Accountability doesn't mean "do it yourself to make sure it gets done right." It means "put in the procedures to maintain your standards, and if something slips through, deal with it promptly and definitively." Do you think Mr Dithers could take a lesson?

    By Blogger deaner, at 3:09 p.m.  

  • Chester:

    Does a conditional discharge make someone a convicted felon? I know it means you don't have a criminal record.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:48 p.m.  

  • You gotta love Canada Customs. They're probably the last border service in the world on the lookout for hooch.

    By Blogger Raymaker, at 4:25 p.m.  

  • I would like to vote out the liberal party.

    By Anonymous satin shirt, at 7:41 a.m.  

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