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Next Conservative claim: The Whole Cadman family are liars!

Guess what? Now we have Cadman’s son-in-law saying he was also told by Cadman about the life insurance overture by the Conservatives to Cadman in exchange for his vote:

Well it’s not really what I think, it’s pretty much what I know. I could speculate about a whole bunch of things but Iím not going to do that but I can tell you that according to Chuck when he did get back from Ottawa he did specifically tell me this offer was made.” That is Holland Miller, Cadmanís son-in-law who says the offer specifically was for a life insurance policy, even though Cadman was seriously sick with cancer. “Yes, that’s exactly what he told me….he said a million dollar life insurance policy. Now I know that doesnít make a lot of sense to what people are saying but that’s exactly what he had said.”

I can just hear it now over at Blogging Tory land: “It’s a Cadman family conspiracy!”

(H/T to Kady O’Malley, who has been right on the blogging ball following this story)

ďThis is not for publication?Ē – Cadman’s daughter backs up her mother’s story on life insurance offer

Just to follow up on my update from a couple blogpostings ago, here is what Chuck Cadman’s daughter Jodi had to say to the CBC:

Cadman’s daughter, Jodi, corroborated her mother’s story, saying her father discussed the offer with her and her mother because he couldn’t talk about it publicly. “He just said ‘I have something to tell you,’ and he told me that he was offered a life insurance policy, that my mom and myself would be taken care of,” she told CBC News in Vancouver on Thursday. “When he told me, actually I have to admit I burst into tears because the position he was put in,” she added, noting it was hard for him to turn down something that would have benefited his family.

So, I guess I’ll repeat the question that Michael Ignatieff asked Harper yesterday, and add a bit to it: Is he and the Conservative Party accusing both Cadman’s widow – a Conservative Party candidate in Chuck’s old riding – AND his daughter of lying about what their father told them?

By the way, I think the 5 most quotable words Stephen Harper gave in that interview to that reporter will be “This is not for publication?“. That question in itself by Harper to the reporter sounds guilty. Even worse for Harper, his subsequent explanation of what he knew, as Kady O’Malley points out, seems to directly contradict his reply to Dion in QP yesterday. The story is also big enough that it got mentioned on a prominent (and award-winning) US liberal investigative blog, Talking Points Memo, in which the owner of the blog, Josh Marshall, after reading Harper’s explanation called it an admission wrapped in a denial.

Big stuff – big enough to warrant bringing the government down over, if these allegations are proved true.† I also kind of wonder the same thing Josh was wondering at his site – how long will Chuck’s wife remain the Conservative Party candidate after this revelation?

Afghani detainee transfers resumed – will lawsuit restart?

I don’t doubt this might slip under the radar a bit today with the Chuck Cadman bribery affair ongoing, but I noticed that in a short blurb this morning the Canadian military has announced it has re-started transfers of Afghani detainees to the Afghanistan government, because they claim things have improved:

The military says since the transfers stopped, one senior Afghan official has been fired and millions of dollars worth of improvements have been made to detention facilities.

Wow, one whole firing and some equipment ugrades at Afghani prisons. Colour me skeptical that those reasons listed have somehow dramatically improved the situation. Here’s the other kicker: the military won’t […]

Poor Steve.. he can’t catch a break

I’ve been out this evening, so I’m just catching up on the Chuck Cadman bribery allegations story, but I almost (almost) feel sorry for Harper and the Cons. They bring forth a Budget that the Liberals can’t stomach an election over, and a day later that gets wiped off of the front pages with this affair that Kady O’Malley calls “what could well be the biggest political scandal to hit the Harper government since taking office”. I doubt this will do much for a boost in the polls for Harper; indeed, if the allegations are true, it’s a Criminal Code offence.

Interesting too that the main person behind the allegations […]

Surpluses are worse to the Cons. then deficits are.

Despite the wrath I’ve seen on the progressive and liberal blogosphere, there are some Liberals (mostly in the caucus) and Liberal bloggers out there who don’t think this Budget had enough poison pills in it to force an election, yet they go on to complain how the Conservatives have whittled away the surplus we had and how they have missed their opportunity to initiate programs. I don’t mean to single her out, but Woman at Mile 0 is one such example:

Thanks to the incredibly irresponsible fiscal management of the Cons it looks like those heady days are now long gone meaning: no new social programs, a scrapped child care […]

Liberal Random Thoughts: Apologies to Iggy, and more OYL Shenanigans

– I wanted to say I was kind of pleasantly surprised to see that Michael Ignatieff is one of the “hawks” inside the Liberal caucus who were urging the caucus to bring the government down. I had thought after the Afghanistan issue and his role in helping to craft a compromise on that position to the Cons. that he must be one of the doves, so my public apology to Mr. Ignatieff for thinking that, and kudos for being one of those inside that caucus who has a spine. It doesn’t say much for the rest of the caucus or “election readiness team” (which appears to be an oxymoron) if […]

Blogging members of the climate change equivalent to the Flat Earth Society.

While reading Warren’s newly enabled blog comments section in his one post asking about when the Liberal braintrust would go for an election, I came across this entry by one Jay Currie, who in the midst of his discourse, took a shot at Stephane Dion for being a strong advocate/proponent of the Kyoto Protocol and the fight against climate change/global warming:

The coldest winter in a hundred years makes the whole Mr. Kyoto thing look pathetic – but it always did.

Well, I couldn’t let this bit of flat-earth delusion go by without commenting on it, so I thought I’d comment on it as a separate issue about Jay […]

Federal Court upholds Wheat Board Ruling – no unilateral changes allowed.

A nice piece of news on a rather disappointing Budget Day – disappointing for both what was in it (and what was not) and the fact the Nervous Nellies in the Liberal caucus have won the day on not causing an election.

The Federal Court of Appeal has upheld the ruling that said the Conservative government exceeded their power when it tried to strip the Canadian Wheat Board of its barley monopoly unilaterally. If it wants to do that, it must pass a law in Parliament that makes that change. Apparently, Ag. Minister Gerry Ritz is promising to do just that, but no opposition party supports that change.

I suppose […]

Ken Epp’s motivation behind his Unborn Victims of Crime Bill?

Great catch by Laura over at We Move to Canada. She caught a show in CP24 with a debate involving Ken Epp trying to reassure everyone how his bill has nothing to do with granting legal status to a fetus, is not anti-abortion, could not be used to prosecute pregnant women. When others began to press Ken on why not toughen sentences on attackers of pregnant women rather then bringing the fetus into it as he has done with his bill, his answer according to Laura was that he wanted to recognize the humanity of the unborn child.

This was said just moments after insisting his bill had nothing to […]

Hillary Clinton: Any state I’ve lost or about to lose doesn’t matter.

I think some of these polls that have suddenly come out in the past couple of days showing either a neck-and-neck race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, or even an outright lead for Obama must be close to the truth on the ground, because look at what Hillary is quoted as saying today this past friday:

Iíd love to carry Texas, but itís usually not in the electoral calculation for the Democratic nominee. Florida and Michigan are.

Look, I prefer Barack Obama, but I’d have had no problem cheering Hillary on if she won the nomination – she still would be a definite improvement on both Dubya and McCain. However, this tendency of hers to belittle any state where she’s going to lose, is losing, or is apparently about to lose after having a big lead – what Daily Kos blogging head Markos Moultisias called the “insult 40 states strategy” – has been a big turnoff to a lot of people, and a lot of Democrats from the looks of how Clinton has fared. I think whatever adviser told her to pursue that line should be kept off any future presidential campaign.

UPDATE: Great line:

“she’s now reduced to arguing that the only states that really matter are the two that she won because nobody else was on the ballot and/or nobody else campaigned there?”

UPDATE 2: Yes, I know it’s rather ironic I’m talking about this after my previous post, but hey, that stood out like a sore thumb. I HAD to comment on it.

UPDATE 3: SUSA – one of the more accurate pollsters for the primaries, now gives Obama a 4 point lead in Texas.

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