Poor old Mr. Creosote.
Steve sent his parliamentary secretary, Dean Del Maestro, out into the House two days in a row last week to claim the Libs spent “millions of dollars” in the last election hiring a foreign voter telemarketing company with offices in North Dakota — which turned out not to be the case.
Then he put in a bizarre appearance on CBC to insist the Con Party only ever uses Canadian firms but deflected questions about their use by individual Con MPs.
Now of course it turns out to be Mr. Creosote and 13 other Cons who hired an anti-choice US Republican voter contact firm, Front Porch Strategies, which made thousands of calls from Ohio in the last election and prints gushy editorials on their website about Steve, “the most powerful conservative leader in the Americas.”
On Monday in the House, Mr. Creosote got the job of demanding that the Libs release all records of calls made on their behalf during the last election, but stated the Cons have no intention of doing likewise. His reasoning?
“No, because obviously our party is not behind the calls. We know that.”
Meanwhile, Guy Giorno, Con campaign boss and former Steve chief of staff, condemns the recent voter suppression techniques as a “despicable, reprehensible practice,” and says he really hopes Elections Canada can get to the bottom of this problem in Guelph.
Um, so we’re back to just Guelph again, Guy?
We hope EC can get to the bottom of it too, even though they will have to manage it without the additional investigative powers Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand requested to do the job but was denied in a secret vote by the majority of Cons on the PROC parliamentary committee a week ago.
NaPo quotes Giorno on Sunday:
Sigh. The plausible deniability defence again.
“Don’t think that the Party doesn’t like that, because they do. They’re things that will help the Party, but it looks like it’s an organically-grown organization and it just stimulated from the grassroots spontaneously. They love that stuff. And they don’t have to bear the burden of having any of it attached to their name.”