Bad timing for dirty tricks, Scheer (´〜`)
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2019-10-20 03:00:49 UTC
Or is there still time for you to "say you're sorry"? ^_^;


Scheer won't say if Conservatives hired consultant to 'destroy' People's Party

TORONTO -- With election day less than 48 hours away, Andrew Scheer suddenly found himself in the hot seat Saturday as reports linked the Conservative party to a co-ordinated effort to smear former caucus colleague Maxime Bernier and his nascent populist People's Party of Canada.

The Globe and Mail reported that strategist Warren Kinsella and his firm Daisy Group were hired to "seek and destroy" Bernier's party and portray its supporters as racist. A source with direct knowledge of the project said the client was the Conservatives, the Globe reported.

The Conservative leader, whom polls suggest is locked in a neck-and-neck duel with Liberal rival Justin Trudeau, refused to confirm, deny or even acknowledge the report during a news conference in Toronto that featured few questions about anything else.

"We don't offer comments on contracts that may or may not exist on vendors we may or may not have a relationship with," he said, repeatedly.

Bernier formed the People's Party of Canada -- a populist, libertarian movement steeped in nationalist sentiment and aimed at draining support from the right-wing flank of the Tories -- after he narrowly lost the Conservative leadership race to Scheer.

"This is the kind of dirty politics that fuels Canadians' cynicism about politics," Bernier told a news conference of his own, adding that he had filed a complaint with the Commissioner of Canada Elections, the office that enforces Canada's election laws.

"This secret campaign is an attack on the integrity of our democratic process. We had suspected for a long time that many of the supposed scandals of the last month had been fabricated by opponents."

He even suggested that Kinsella's so-called "seek-and-destroy" campaign might have had a hand in the satirical Rhinoceros party's decision to field a candidate also named Maxime Bernier in the leader's Quebec riding of Beauce in hopes of confusing voters.

Kinsella didn't confirm or deny the project to the Globe, but said generally his firm has worked on anti-racism campaigns. Later in the day, after his social media accounts vanished from the internet, he posted a statement on his website defending his work, which he said ended "many months ago."

"It was always going to be disclosed, by law. It was in no way inappropriate or wrong," Kinsella wrote. "Opposing organized bigotry is always appropriate and right. We were and are fiercely proud of the work we did."

In the statement, Kinsella implied that details about the campaign were leaked by a former employee -- a "hater" -- who "made anti-Semitic, intolerant remarks and stole from our company" before going on to assist Bernier's party, which he insisted is undeserving of sympathy.

"We don't help racists," he wrote.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said the allegations are troubling and called on Scheer to address them directly.

"Canadians should expect transparency from leaders," Singh said during a campaign stop in B.C., where the New Democrat frontman is seeking to capitalize on momentum few observers would have anticipated at the start of the campaign.

"They should be able to answer those type of questions. If there's evidence to suggest he was involved in the hiring of someone for a certain task he should be able to answer those questions."

Justin Trudeau, for his part, used the report to buttress his now-familiar charge that the Conservatives are using dirty tricks and misinformation to propel their election effort.

"I think we've seen throughout this campaign that the Conservatives have had to use the politics of fear and division and indeed just make stuff up in order to try and get their message across," the Liberal leader said.

2019-10-20 23:02:55 UTC
Seems the media that's following Scheer's campaign trek is not letting him off the hook on his latest accusations against the Liberals - and NDP. Good for them. Bad timing for Scheer.

He shudda started dragging those BS out of his ass a little sooner in the campaign. And too bad for him the PPC learned of the company Scheer hired to smear them. Voters will be reminded at whose knee Scheer learned his dirty politics:

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CBC News · Posted: Oct 20, 2019

Inside 48 hours and a momentum shift on the Conservative campaign


New line of attack

Scheer's plane touched down in Fredericton early the next morning. His team headed to a local brewery, where a couple hundred people had gathered to hear him speak.

"We are only three days away from Canadians finally having their say on Justin Trudeau's last four years as prime minister," he said to big cheers as he started into his usual stump speech.

But he snuck in a new line of attack, one that did not go unnoticed.

"We've looked at the Liberal and NDP platforms and a coalition of the two would run a deficit of $40 billion next year alone," he declared.

"To pay for even half of these never-ending deficits, the Trudeau-NDP coalition would have to raise the GST from 5 per cent to 7.5 per cent, or cut completely the Canada Social Transfer to the provinces."

At no point in this campaign have either the Liberals or the NDP mused about raising the GST. Despite that, Scheer dug in when challenged by reporters.

"We are showing Canadians the types of costs that will be associated with this massive amount of new deficits. They will have to make choices.... Raising the GST from 5 to 7.5 per cent is one option."

The claim was no accident, and was likely aimed at motivating the conservative base to show up in big numbers on Monday.

But when Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh both declared the allegation to be false, Scheer's claims became one of the stories of the day.
Friday night surprise, Saturday questions

Repeated questions from reporters about his GST claim were clearly frustrating for Scheer's road team, as Conservative staffers pointed out the Liberals were playing their own numbers game and making false claims about Conservative spending cuts.

If the mood behind the scenes was starting to harden, it was only made worse late Friday when The Globe and Mail broke a story that claimed a well-known political operative was hired by the Conservatives to secretly sling mud at Maxime Bernier and The People's Party of Canada. CBC News also published the story.

Scheer had to have known he would be bombarded by questions about the story when he stood before reporters at his daily news conference Saturday morning.

"As a rule, we never make comments on vendors that we may or may not have engaged with," he said, over and over and over again.

Unwilling to veer away from his talking point, the news conference turned into a standoff.

Reporters broke etiquette rules, asking more than just one question and one followup, with a frustrated staffer threatening to end the event if journalists didn't abide by that standard. Scheer soldiered on without calling a halt to the questions, even allowing a CBC reporter six followup questions.

But to say it went poorly for the Conservatives would be an understatement.

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