The fact that Gerry Nichols who is usually a thorn in Harper's side, actually backed up the Conservative Party yesterday with this post, is probably one of the most telling indicators of where the truth actually lies.
Gerry pulls no punches. And the Globe seemed impressed enough to report on his observations this morning.
Yesterday, on MDL, Garth Turner kept referring to things not passing the smell test. (Great post, Sentinel).
Well, I think something just reeks. Why were the CBC, and the Liberal party first off the block with this story? Does the NDP not watch Newsworld? Some reports have certain suspects actually waiting for the RCMP and Elections Canada to arrive. Jason Kenney said as much on the aforementioned MDL clip.
Don Martin discloses the following observations:
...The real interesting part, which has a lot of Conservative MPs in a lather, is how two camera crews magically surfaced to stake out both floors rented by the Conservative party within minutes of the search warrant being executed.
The RCMP cruisers were unmarked and the police scanner didn't broadcast the "visit," so unless CBC journalists are telepathic, the only plausible explanation is that they were tipped by Elections Canada.
And being dedicated Newsworld watchers, gleeful Liberals armed with their own cameras were scrambled to record the "visitation" within minutes of the news being broadcast...
He also calls Elections Canada's actions "heavy-handed".
A comment at Warren Kinsella's blog caught my attention:
...And André Thouin just happens to be an ex-RCMP officer.
I believe the RCMP, the Liberals, and the media were there so early because Mr. Thouin arranged it so. The weapons and flak jackets make no sense at all, except to draw attention to the fact that these were no mere Elections Canada lackies. Whatever the case, it was well played. And clearly a "PR stunt" by EC.
There's nothing wrong with calling it like it is.
Sitsonsix | 04.16.08 - 7:37 pm
Canadians need to be reassured that such a vital institution as Elections Canada actually is non-partisan. Our democracy depends on it.
The optics sure aren't comforting.