Tuesday, May 27, 2008

"Amateur hour on the Rideau"

For those looking - and there are a pile today - here is the Couillard video.

"Amateur hour on the Rideau," courtesy of Bob Rae in the House today...:)

Van Loan put on quite a show today, still stubbornly sticking to the line that the Prime Minister respects the private lives of private citizens. Harper is ridiculously clinging to this line today as well:
Asked if a larger investigation should be launched, Mr. Harper fell back on previous statements that he won't intrude on individuals' private lives.

“As we've said, private lives are private lives, and the government of Canada does not intend to get into the business of investigating private citizens.”
Don't these guys get it that this line's shelf life is over, like yesterday? Harper acknowledged some kind of "review of the incident" but nowhere near the effort required to restore confidence in his government. It's not just a political matter, the way they appear to be viewing it, that giving in on an investigation emboldens the opposition. That's the way they always view these things, circling the partisan wagons. It's now a matter of sending a signal to allies that the government of Canada takes such matters very seriously. They'll have no choice.

Also no answer from Van Loan to the apparent negligence of the Prime Minister in doing nothing about his Foreign Minister's activities that put security in jeopardy. Van Loan was sticking to the line, incredibly, that Harper only learned yesterday of the documents being left at Ms. Couillard's home. Just unbelievable. Rare public confirmation that the guy at the top is also not up to the job. Mr. Harper had a duty to act once he became aware of the Bernier-Couillard relationship and he fell short.

Most inspired performer of the day? Denis Coderre, who zeroed in on the bugging question. Did the RCMP and/or CSIS place listening devices in Ms. Couillard's home? Bob Fife is putting the kibosh on that aspect of the story today. Beds, according to Mr. Fife, do not make good bugging locations. Too much activity, he says. Too high a standard to get a court order to support such a bug. Really? Perhaps he should enlighten Mr. Coderre, who thought it was actually a question worth asking in the House.

Meanwhile, the word from Paris from our fearless leader on the bug question:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he has no reason to believe anyone planted electronic bugs in the home of disgraced former foreign minister Maxime Bernier's ex-girlfriend.

"I have absolutely no information to suggest that's true," he told reporters in Paris on Tuesday, reacting to a question about the allegation by Julie Couillard.
He has no information. He had no information on Bernier's documents either. Apparently, Harper is the last man to know? Does this mean there is information nevertheless that someone has that might suggest it's true?