Taber: "At the Commitee, what are you hoping to find out?"
Martin: "Well, were looking into the action of a former member of Parliament and a current member of Parliament, so I think it's fitting that a Parliamentary Committee of their peers review these actions. We're actually hoping that we can knock this thing off center stage somewhat by having the truth revealed... I think we're going to here, hopefully, the actors will feel comfortable enough to share their stories. Being at a Parliamentary Committee has its benefits, in that nothing you say there can be used against you subsequently in a court act. So, it is a safe format, a safe setting where people can share what really went on and hopefully as MP's tighten up the lobbyist rules if necessary. And, at least be fully aware of how this could have happened and why."
Taber: "What do you say to Mr. Brown that this should be in front of the RCMP and not before a Parliamentary Commitee?"
Martin "It is before the RCMP, in fact the difference between lobbying and influence peddling is about five years in prison. All the more reason why our Committee should be very very seized to this issue is because influence peddling is such a serious offence, its right up there with high crimes and misdemenours in the criminal code, right next to treason. It undermines the most fundamental tenets of democracy and Parliament (finger hitting table) should be very seized to this issue. If it's happening in our midst, we need to know about it and nip it in the bud. So, Patrick Brown should be aware that one Conservative on the Committeee voted for this motion and bring this before our Committee. It's fitting, it will be up the Chair to make sure it doesn't turn into a circus... We hope Mr. Jaffer and Miss Guergis see fit to share with us what really went on."
I actually had to go back and watch the Question Period video, because quite frankly I can't believe the bullshit I'm hearing today from the NDP. Yesterday, it's all about "fundamental tenets of democracy", how we should be "very, very seized" on this matter, if its "happening in our midst, we need to know" and "nip it in the bud" blah de blah blah blah. I understand that positions change over time, but from the above one day, to this pius "let's move along" nonsense today, oh come on.