Well the Con's may have been successful in keeping up a filibuster and temporarily shutting down the Procedure and House Affairs committee, but it seems all that energy was expended for nothing.
I can tell you that this blogger is not sorry to see this happen. Those who read here frequently will know that one of my biggest frustrations with this government is how they spin and keep stories under the radar. They turn things around, suggest that the opposition is inventing scandals and the press for the most part doesn't follow the story. Something tells me that might just change now.
I would imagine that as part of Elections Canada's investigation it would be necessary to obtain documentation from the Conservatives, but I wonder why a warrant was necessary? Could it be that the Con's refused to voluntarily submit documents? Who knows but if that is the case, it certainly doesn't bolster the Con's claim that they have done absolutely nothing wrong.
Obviously this is an ongoing story so I'll update when I know more, but to say that I'm happy to finally see this story being told to the public is an understatement.
Update - An interesting tidbit from Dominic LeBlanc (Lib, Beausejour NB) in QP today.
The government was downplaying the issue of the RCMP/Elections Canada raid, claiming it had only to do with the law suit that they the Con's brought against Elections Canada. LeBlanc however disclosed that the lawsuit is a civil one and that warrants are never issued in civil cases.
Update 2 - Hilarious. Courtesy of Kady, this is what the Cons's released today as it relates to the the raid.
"Today Elections Canada visited the Conservative Party of Canada Headquarters. This is related to an on-going court case initiated by the Conservative Party of Canada in the spring of 2007. The Conservative Party has provided Elections Canada with all the information that they have requested."