Friday, February 06, 2009

Tories: "Err...on second thought..."

Conservative party drops Cadman defamation suit against Liberals

And for those who forget, here's what it was all about:

In a March 3 letter sent to Dion, Deputy Leader Michael Ignatieff and Liberal House leader Ralph Goodale, lawyers for Harper describe two articles on the Liberal website as "devastatingly defamatory."

The articles relate to allegations that Conservative operatives offered Cadman, an Independent MP, a bribe of a million-dollar life insurance policy to vote against the Liberals in May 2005 and bring down the government. Cadman was battling cancer at the time, and died in July 2005.

"These malicious and reckless defamatory statements impugn the reputation of Prime Minister Stephen Harper," the letter states.


Harper accused the Liberals of engaging in “more and more extreme allegations” and going to the point last week of publishing allegations of criminal misconduct on his part.

"This will become the biggest error in judgment of his career," [Ed Note: Ha!] Harper said, adding the government doesn't direct the activities of police.

So, I guess the question is, did the Tories drop the lawsuit because:

A) They are committed to the new spirit of co-operation!
B) They realized they had no case



  • I think it is C) they got past the election and got a promise from your party to not talk about it anymore (so no ads in a future election either. Slimy, but effective.

    By Blogger Greg, at 6:59 p.m.  

  • Liberals and Conservatives make peace.

    By Blogger tdwebste, at 8:37 p.m.  

  • Greg - you may have a point.

    And, given that it pretty much killed the issue for the campaign, I guess it wasn't a bad play on Harper's part.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 12:21 a.m.  

  • Never mind. Lot's of other issues. The New Government only took 1/3 of the time to be as bad as the Old Liberals.

    By Blogger JimTan, at 2:18 a.m.  

  • 5 bucks says A), a new spirit of co-operation!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:48 a.m.  

  • Bailout 2008, a poem by David Jeffrey:

    Like a bloodied warrior,
    laying broken and torn.

    Like a dying soldier, hopeless and forlorn.

    But the blood, it be green,
    the color of money.

    And the soldier is an economy,
    and it is anything but funny.

    Broken are it’s people and shattered are their dreams.

    Thanks to the ultra rich and their full proof schemes.

    It is a tragedy with more pain to come.

    Finance will be Hell, and their wills will be done.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:10 p.m.  

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