Monday, April 21, 2008

"It's a private meeting Keith"

I know a lot of Tories read this blog so maybe they can help explain to me what the hell "strategic genius" Stephen Harper was thinking when he invited select media personalities to a series of hotel rooms a private spin session on Sunday?

First of all, assuming reporters are going to keep a private meeting secret is kind of like assuming what is said in a Liberal caucus meeting will stay secret. The Ottawa press gallery is one giant clique so of course they were going to tell each other about it.

And, given this, how did Harper's crew expect the non-chosen ones to react? If there's one thing the media love more than process stories, it's process stories about the media. And they were all over this one. You can read some very amusing recaps here, here, and here. And I bet Keith Boag had as much fun putting together this piece as I had watching it (Carole: "Can you imagine why some reporters were invited and others weren't?" Keith: "No Carole, I have no idea at all").

And I'd say judging from the newspapers and TV coverage so far that this attempt at media controle hasn't exactly gone according to plan...

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  • Like Hitler in his bunker. No new ideas. Nothing works.

    By Blogger JimTan, at 10:34 PM  

  • hey it was a good idea, now we know which of the media are pro conservative... responsible journalist would never agree to such propaganda...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:07 PM  

  • Doug Finley is an evil genius. Also, Dad was out of town, wasn't he?

    By Blogger The Grumpy Voter, at 5:55 AM  

  • so Harper isn't a great control freak?

    By Blogger art, at 1:45 PM  

  • Can this possibly be anymore embarrassing?

    so Harper isn't a great control freak?

    Oh, he is, he just acquits himself with all the aplomb of an Inspector Clouseau or Maxwell Smart.

    By Blogger Josh G, at 2:01 PM  

  • curious, does anyone know why Elections Canada would go to Toronto to get the search warrant?

    By Anonymous Curious Cat, at 2:27 PM  

  • crickets chirping.... crickets chirping....

    Elections Canada goes to Toronto - skips over a bunch of judges in Ottawa to get the search warrant.

    Maybe they wanted to stop by for a visit with Calgary Grit????

    The Toronto judge is a Liberal-appointed, Liberal-supporting judge.

    crickets chirping.... crickets chirping...

    By Anonymous curious cat, at 4:06 PM  

  • Before you run downstairs to fetch your magic decoder ring and tinfoil underwear, CC. Ask yourself could not Elections Canada have found a Liberal friendly judge in Montreal or Kingston, or Ottawa if they had had a mind to? It isn't as if none exist. Tories are screwing themselves into pretzels to avoid facing the possibility that "their guys" might have done something untoward. It is just making the whole conservative movement look ridiculous.

    By Blogger Greg, at 6:39 PM  

  • Holy smokes! They got testimony from riding officials after the CPC told them to shut up. It’s a good thing for harper that Garth Turner didn’t testify.

    Hmmm! Could the party officials be charged with interfering with an investigation?

    By Blogger JimTan, at 8:29 PM  

  • The best part about all of this is that the Tories think they can turn it into a "he said, he said" with a famously non-biased election body.

    I mean, yes, when you've got everybody and his dog calling you "CHEATER" (as is right and good) you take what you can get. But that's a really, really weak argument that the public will probably respond to with open-mouthed amazement.

    By Blogger Demosthenes, at 1:38 AM  

  • Gotta love these Tory hacks smearing any institution or any person who gets in their way.

    Smear the Nuclear Commission and endanger Canadians in the process. Smear Elections Canada and fix elections in the process.

    Now a widely respected jurist of the Ontario Superior Court, Justice Ian Nordheimer, is now a Liberal partisan hack?

    What disgusting rot.

    The reason EC went to Toronto with the warrant, is because that court had dealt with some of the previous disclosure processes between the Party and E.C.

    And besides, if these hacks (and the lazy journalists who repeat their horseshit) turned off their Law & Order Tin Foil TV theories and asked a lawyer who knew, there is no such thing as "judge shopping" in Canada. You file your motion, or application (ie: for a warrant) with a court, like the Ontario superior court, and the court independently assigns the matter to a judge. Often, a judge familiar with the file will be assigned the matter.

    The CPC has gotten caught not only breaking spending limits, but, apparently, may have fudged some invoices and other documents along the way. There's clear evidence here of willful recklessness or gross negligence at the very least.

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