My associate news-watcher spotted this little gem in the local section today - Committee ousts MP Goodyear for 'dirty tricks'. It centers around a story based heavily on the Hill Times article "Parliament's 'toxically political', MPs say..."
It would appear that Record reporter Greg Mercer has cherry-picked all the nasty bits about Goodyear, and made Karen Redman out to be some kind of Philly-smackin' angel. Is he trying to influence the good people of Waterloo Region?
Mr. Mercer conveniently forgot to mention in his 'news' report a few other items in the Hill Times, such as:
...Earlier in the week, Conservatives introduced a motion at the Access to Information, Privacy, and Ethics Committee to study the Liberal election financing practices which they say are the same as theirs, but Liberal committee chair Paul Szabo (Mississauga South, Ont.) ruled the motion out of order. Mr. Szabo's ruling was overruled by the committee with the help of the NDP and the issue came up as a point of order in the House and is now awaiting a ruling from House Speaker Peter Milliken (Kingston and the Isles, Ont.).
That would be the Liberal Speaker Peter Miliken, BTW.
Oh, and Joe Preston didn't merely take Goodyear's place, as reported in the Record. No, the Hill Times explains that this was decidedly against his will:
Chief Government Whip Jay Hill (Prince George-Peace River, B.C.) said what happened at Procedure and House Affairs was "pretty ridiculous" and that the committee has become more partisan because of the opposition's refusal to open their election financing books to scrutiny.
"I think what transpired is completely inappropriate," he told The Hill Times. "When they would not take [Mr. Preston's] stated intention of not taking the chair and they basically forced it on him, I don't think it was appropriate. That's the situation we find ourselves in at the moment and we'll have to see what develops from here."
But here in Liberal Land, Karen Redman can do no wrong. One wonders which came first - Did the Red media merely play back what they thought the population would want to hear, or did the editorial bent affect the Lemming brains here?
Mercer quotes her from the Times as saying, "I think it's dragging the House of Commons to a new low."
Lower than this, Karen?