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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Six years after AdScam, dirty Liberal Party tricks continue

It’s been over six years since the Liberal Party was swiftly booted from office for widespread corruption and misuse of taxpayers’ money.

From 1996 to 2004, the Liberals operated a “sponsorship program” which was officially intended to boast the federal government’s presence in Quebec following two referendum questions on whether Quebec should leave the union.

But instead of promoting federalism and bringing Quebec back into the union, over $100 million of taxpayers’ money went to line the friends of the Liberal Party.

They added $250,000 to the price of one contract, even though no additional work was done. They paid $1.5 million for work that was never done.  And they paid their friends at Groupaction $550,000 for a report that was never seen and could never be found.

But these outright illegal dirty Liberal tricks did not stop when they lost government.

On Friday, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) fined Guelph Liberal MP Frank Valeroite $4,900 and ordered him to undertake a “comprehensive compliance program” for illegal robocalls (http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/com100/2012/r120824.htm).

To be clear, automated messages are not illegal.  But the CRTC said the Liberal calls were illegal because they:

1.      Did not identify on whose behalf they were calling;
2.      Did not display a call-back number; and
3.      Did not identify how the person receiving the message could contact the entity sending the message

Wait a minute, I thought it was those big scary Conservatives who were being investigated for the same thing?

Turns out I was wrong.

After months of left-wing organizations banding together to make baseless allegations, not one person has come forward to say his or her right to vote was denied by a misleading robocall.  And the star witness for the left-wing Council of Canadians, a call centre employee who mysteriously validated everything the Council was saying, was revealed to be a liar, contradicted by her own calling record (http://www.danieldickin.ca/2012/08/crucial-robocall-claimant-revealed-to.html).

 How many hundreds of thousands – if not millions - of taxpayers’ dollars have been wasted in this anti-Conservative witch hunt?

It’s clear now the media and Elections Canada should have been focusing on corruption in the Liberal Party rather than the Conservatives, who brought in tough anti-corruption legislation.

The same party, who just six years ago, stole over $100 million of taxpayers’ money to give to their friends.

The Liberals, who have never repaid $100 million+ the money they stole from Canadians, just don’t learn.