The federal Liberal Party is, apparently, up to more of its dirty tricks. In February, interim Liberal leader Bob Rae apologized for a staffer’s personal online attack on Public Safety Minister Vic Toews. Now we find out that the Liberal campaign in Guelph, Ontario made illegal calls to constituents prior to last year’s federal election.
Furthermore, during the April-May 2011 election campaign, a man canvassing for Liberal party candidate and former Grit cabinet minister Joe Volpe was seen by a Green Party supporter removing Green Party campaign flyers from mailboxes and replacing them with Liberal materials. Note: according to Green candidate Paul Baker, “Mr. Volpe was nearby when the flyers were trashed.”
But back to Guelph. As reported elsewhere, the eventual winner in Guelph, Liberal MP Frank Valeriote, has confirmed that one of his campaign volunteers made an automated telephone call—a so-called robocall—urging people to vote Liberal because the Conservative candidate opposed abortion.
Valeriote admits he knew that the person who made the calls used a phoney name, “Laurie McDonald.” He admits also that the recorded message did not tell listeners it was funded by the Valeriote campaign. Apparently, election advertising messages must, by election law, mention the name of the political party that authorized them.
Obviously, the Valeriote campaign knew the call was not on the up and up, otherwise, why would the caller have used a false name?
It is instructive to note that, at this point, we have two cases of proven, admitted-to political dirty tricks—at least one of which was illegal. And, in both cases, they were perpetrated by Liberals. All other incidents are based on unproven allegations and hearsay.
This doesn’t let any other political party off the hook, of course, but it does illustrate that unethical, duplicitous, slanderous or illegal tactics are far too often employed by at least one political party and/or its supporters to destroy or diminish the effectiveness of its political opponents.
So far we know the Liberal party is guilty of the practice, time will tell if others are guilty also.
(h/t Blue Like You)