Those who see the New Democrats as squeaky clean should read Elizabeth Thompson’s piece at iPolitics, NDP behind dirty tricks campaign in Lise St-Denis’ riding. According to Ms. Thompson, NDP spokeswoman Sally Housser confirmed this in a telephone conversation.
I’m not surprised. Dirty tricks are the stock in trade of the Dippers. Remember when in Oct. 2009 the NDP snuck environmental activists into the House of Commons so they could hold a noisy demonstration in the visitors gallery, against House rules of course. (You can refresh your memory here.)
The New Democrats lied—first defence of blaggards—about not being responsible, but Conservative House Leader Jay Hill officially complained that before the demonstrators came into the Commons, they were organizing and rehearsing chants in a room that had been booked for them in Parliament by the New Democrats. And one protester was listed as political events coordinator for NDP MP Paul Dewar’s riding, Ottawa Centre.
According to the iPolitics report:
“The New Democratic Party was behind a mysterious robocall [sic] campaign that deluged Quebec MP Lise St-Denis’ offices last week with phone calls from constituents upset with her jump from the NDP to the Liberals, iPolitics has learned.”
NDP spokeswoman Sally Housser reportedly said the script used in the calls didn’t say the calls were being made on behalf of the NDP, and that the tactic is one that the party has used in the past.
The “robocall” campaign caused hundreds of calls to tie up phone lines at Lise St-Denis’ offices on Wednesday and Thursday. One may not approve of Ms. St-Denis’ decision to cross the floor from NDP to Liberal, but surely this is a deceitful and underhanded manner in which to express such disapproval.
As I said, dirty tricks are their stock in trade.