This video shows New Democrat MP from Winnipeg, Pat Martin, displaying the most extraordinary example of obfuscation I’ve seen in some time. Just after the 4:00 minute mark of the clip, Martin denies Ian Capstick has connections with the NDP.
Capstick, of course, appears regularly on television—including CBC’s Power & Politics—as an NDP spokesperson and has served as a press secretary to the New Democratic caucus and its leader, Jack Layton. Here’s an extract from his website:
Ian [Capstick] coordinated parliamentary training for MPs and staff of the New Democratic Party of Canada for three years, in addition to his role as media liaison and party spokesperson – having been quoted widely for the New Democrats in Canada’s media.”
Starting near the 05:35 mark Martin says Capstick “has nothing to do with the NDP … his [Capstick’s] association with our party was a couple of months years ago.”
Martin seems also to deny Robin Sears’s—former National Campaign Director for the NDP—well known connection to his party.
Watch the video and decide if this MP is playing fast and loose with the truth.