Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the Liberals owe the RCMP an apology after a 14-month probe into the income-trust scandal resulted in criminal charges against a senior civil servant.
Harper told reporters Friday that the charges show "it was a real scandal" and not an invention of partisan politics.
"I believe the Liberals should apologize to [former RMCP commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli] for suggesting to the people of Canada that the RCMP had invented that scandal," Harper said.
I guess you can admire the sheer gall, the political counter, but Harper really is obnoxious here. I have heard some calls for the Tories to pull their PATENTLY FALSE ad in Quebec that slanders Goodale, but I have been disappointed that the outrage isn't more pronounced. Pull the ad, pull the ad, pull the ad, should be echoed from every Liberal corner. The entire attack campaign is discredited if the Tories insist on using a FALSE LIE to hurt Dion.
You can't under-estimated the political damage that these FALSE ALLEGATIONS against Goodale had. If memory serves, I believe the Liberals dropped 8-10 points after this bombshell, it allowed all the baggage to be re-argued, the pattern confirmed. You could make a case it cost the party the last election. Now, today, we have this same FALSE story, used by Conservatives to further damage Liberals, with the added bonus of arrogance, when the PM asks for an apology.
Harper tries to re-direct the debate away from the Tory slander, and validate all the gutter politics. Liberals need to keep asking the question, why are these ads running? How can you run an ad that knowingly deceives? Start calling these people LIARS. Soft on TRUTH, soft on TRUTH. The only way Harper gets away with putting Liberals on the defensive is if we let him.
Some Conservatives uncomfortable with lying:
Off the record, some Conservatives said yesterday they hoped the ad would be amended