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A 3rd instance of plagiarism revealed from the Conservatives and Harper.

Bouquets of Gray (run by the blogger who ran Buckets of Grewal, and who was noted for his analysis of that tape of Gurmant Grewal and the discovery that it had been doctored) and Jerad Gallinger over at his site have found another apparent instance of Harper and/or his speech writers heavily copying from someone else – and this time they liked the guy’s stuff so much, they copied it from TWO separate essays and rolled it into one Harper speech:

Buckets explains this side-by-side comparison:

To the right is a section of his (Harper) speech on the Canadian Wheat Board (Nov. 6, 2002); it copies sections from two essays by Craig Docksteader of The Prairie Policy Centre, a rightwing think tank. (One written in 1998 with the Harper-parallels in yellow, and one in 2002, green).

In the first instance of plagiarism that was discovered in Harper’s involving his support for the Iraq war that copied Australian PM John Howard’s address, one of Harper’s former staffers took the fall. In the 2nd instance, where it was found  that parts of former Ontario premier Mike Harris’s speech had been lifted,  no staffer was blamed, but Harper dismissed that as being “boilerplate” phrases that are used all of the time and which he merely reused in his opinion.

Now we have this long speech that is a lot more then “mere boilerplate” – it appears to be wholesale copying. What explanation does Harper have for this? What does this say about Harper?  And what about the consequences?  Current Vice-Presidential candidate Joe Biden had his presidential run in 1988 scuppered by a revelation that he had lifted phrases and used them in a campaign speech, so the Conservative defenders cannot be so quick to try and brush this off, as I’ve seen some try to do.

As j-rad says:

Reporters have been fired and students expelled for less egregious cases of copying. Whether the Prime Minister will hold himself to the same standard as a second-year English major remains to be seen.

Harper will not fire himself – but the Canadian electorate can do so.

New Liberal TV Ad on Harper being a copycat.

The Liberal War Room has been quick to pounce on these Harper plagiarism revelations:

Remember to visit BushHarper.com to see more of Harper copying his American Idol, George Bush in deeds as well as words.

Oh.. and don’t forget this video from Creative Revolution of some more copying Harper did from his American Republican conservative friends on the “fundamentals of the economy being strong” line conservatives like to use.

Pictures are worth a 1000 words.

Someone came up with this in a hurry after yesterday’s discovery that Harper used Australian PM John Howard’s Iraq speech word for word (and for all intents and purposes, he has copied Bush’s foreign policy – if not in words, in practise):

Brilliant.

(H/T: The Galloping Beaver)

A rather timely new Liberal ad.

I was away all day and missed all the fun in finding out not only do Harper and the Conservatives claim that certain experts in their field support their specific policies when they really don’t, but they also like to copy stuff word for word from other leaders – commonly known as plagiarism.

This was a word-for-word copy of John Howard’s speech over reasons why countries should join the US in going to Iraq, which makes this new campaign ad of the Liberals rather timely:

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