Tuesday, June 02, 2009

No Sexy Dress, No Romance...but

I know. Not exactly Julie Couillard, but the similarities in the story are striking.

Here we have yet another account about one more foolish Minister that cannot keep track of their notes. Buffoons in charge of this country hardly scratches the surface.

I'm not going to recount the article. Please read it. I'll just say this. If the government tries to blame this on some lowly employee:

The documents also include a hand-written note that lists total funding for Atomic Energy of Canada, Ltd. since 2006 at $1.7 billion, and then a talking-point memo to characterize the spending as "cleaning up a Liberal mess."

That would be a very stupid move.

Afterthought - Why did it take CTV over a week to reveal this?


John said...

She'll have to resign her post, plain and simple.

Who will replace her though?

I guess Garth Turner might now be more strongly considering to get back in the game to run against her.

Anonymous said...

But, she is not only the Min. of Natural Resources. She is the "pretty woman" who has the job of sitting behind the PM and agreeing with his every word.

Does he have to bring back the nodding Rona? Speaking of Rona, where has she been?

Seriously though, she will have to resign just as Bernier had to.

And yes, I guess Garth gets the last laugh. LOL.

KNB said...

She won't have to resign. Weakness will not be tolerated...or at least the impression of same.

There is an election in the works people!

Gayle said...

Your afterthought was my first thought.

I wonder if they were either waiting to verify the documents or attempting to get a comment from Raitt.

Anonymous said...

Why a week? Maybe they were debating whether revealing this would harm their possible bailout.

Anonymous said...

What similarities? There is only one: that notes were left where they shouldn't be.

The other supposed "striking similarity" is nothing but cheap innuendo: that women were involved in both cases. I think using that to reinforce the similarity between these stories is a cheap shot. This minister has nothing at all in common with Julie Couillard. Sure, she should keep better track of secret documents - but come on, these stories come out every week in every country. Darkly suggesting any other similarity to the Bernier saga is simply unfair.

Anonymous said...

Above anon, it doesn't really matter if this case is similar to the Couillard case or not. That's just window dressing.

It's bad enough on its own merits.

penlan said...

The incompetence of the Con Ministers is appalling. Every single one of them. Look at Flaherty & all of his "errors". Just that alone is a nightmare. No wonder Harper micro-manages. Time for an election & get rid of these fools. They don't know what they're doing.

Ritz & the Listeria outbreak with 20 dead, think it's 21 or more now. Why isn't this talked about more in the MSM? This is DEATHS we're talking about here. All due to incompetence & cost cutting - cost cutting in a crucial & vital area - health in relation to food.

These idiots scare the hell out of me.

penlan said...

I think a staffer will take the fall for this even though Raitt is ultimately responsible, whether she is the guilty party or not. And CTV held onto this for a week so they could take their time reading everything in the binder before going public with it.

KNB said...

Anon@ 12:42 pssst, lighten up. It was joke.

RuralSandi said...

Do you think it's easy to put to memory all the PM approved talking points and remember your "confidential" papers at the same time?

Mark McLaughlin said...

There could be a HUGE difference between the two situations.

Bernier left the documents himself.

In this case we dont know yet whether it was Raitt, or a staffer. The person who forgot them should get fired, we just don't know who that person is yet.

We may never know, but chances are good that a lower level staffer takes the fall no matter what.

You guys should be trying to coo sweet nothings into Jack and Gilles ears if you want that election. My guess is that you'll just end up blowing a lot of hot air. Tied with the Cons in the middle of this 'economic disaster'. If this is as good as it gets for you, I'd be worried.

KNB said...

Yea, I'm shaking Mark. lol

Raitt is responsible, end of.

Actually, she's irresponsible, but you get my meaning.

Anonymous said...


MONTREAL -- Former federal Liberal executive Benoit Corbeil is the first political figure to plead guilty in the federal sponsorship scandal and he's suggesting he might name other figures involved in his influence-peddling plot.

Corbeil entered pleas to fraud and influence peddling during an appearance Wednesday morning at the Montreal courthouse. A third charge of conspiracy was stayed.

The influence peddling happened while Corbeil was a Liberal organizer in 1997 and he engaged in fraud while serving as director of the Liberal party's Quebec wing in 2000.

Blowing the whistle?

A judge ordered a pre-sentencing report for early September. The Crown wants Corbeil to do jail time but Corbeil's lawyer says he should stay out of jail because he never made a penny from the fraudulent transactions.

However, Corbeil says he will reveal who profited from the scam, suggesting more names will come out in connection with the scandal that helped to bring down Paul Martin's minority Liberal government in 2006.

Two separate scams

In 1997, Corbeil took a $50,000 Liberal donation from a businessman south of Montreal on a promise to clear up red tape in a complicated land deal. The businessman had wanted to expand a quarry in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

The fraud charge stems from Corbeil signing for Liberal bills that he knew were fake and then funneling $117,000 to companies owned by the late Joe Morselli, a onetime Liberal organizer. Corbeil was arrested and charged in April of last year.

A public inquiry found the sponsorship program gave $150 million to Liberal-friendly ad agencies in Quebec for little or no work while the Grits were in power.

Several guilty pleas

Several ad executives at the centre of the scandal have already pleaded guilty including Groupaction president Jean Brault, who conspired with the head of the sponsorship program to inflate contracts and pocket the difference.

The bureaucrat, Chuck Guite, has also pleaded guilty in the case.

Brault also blew the lid off of a wider conspiracy, admitting to skimming money off the top of the federal program to funnel to the Liberal party's Quebec wing in exchange for sponsorship contracts.

June 3, 2009 4:38 PM