People who should know better are comparing this latest Senate debacle with the former Liberal Sponsorship Scandal. Wishful thinking? Desperation to make the Conservatives as bad the former Liberals? I don’t know for sure but that is how it seems.
For example, Chantel Hebert, usually one of my favourite journalists, wrote a column this week on how Nigel Wright could destroy Prime Minister Harper. She made a few good points until she mentioned how this scandal is similar to the Liberal Sponsorship Scandal.
In fact, she somehow made this current “scandal” sound worse because [former Prime Minister] “Martin was not in charge when the sponsorship program went off the rails and he had not hired those who ran it.”
Also this week, we had Liberal pollster Frank Graves writing a short post at the iPolitics blog. In fact, Graves actually referred to the Senate matter as Adscam Redux.
Which means, other media will now pick up on this and repeat it ad nauseam with the view that if you tell an exaggeration often enough, people will start to believe it.
Well, we have to put a stop to this innuendo now because they couldn’t be more wrong. The Sponsorship scandal involved missing millions spent on advertising contracts for little or no work. The Sponsorship Scandal or Adscam also involved cash passed in brown envelopes to Quebec Liberal Party operatives — cash that belonged to the Canadian people.
In other words, no matter how the national media or pollsters spin things, as I wrote yesterday, there was no public money involved in this Senate debacle other than alleged expense account over payments — and those are and were the responsibility of the individual Senators involved. The bottom line is that Prime Minister Harper demanded that the alleged overpayments be paid back, or arrangements made to pay them back — with private money,
However, this lazy comparison clearly shows how desperate the federal Liberals and their supporters are. How desperate? Well, it seems quite a bit given both the Wikipedia entries for the Sponsorship Scandal and the Gomery Commission have been edited and revised. Plus, the Wikipedia entry that used to be on Adscam has disappeared altogether. Specifically, where there used to be information about the misused and stolen $40 or $43,000 million, now the entries show only a couple of million dollars missing or in dispute.
So, I am left with two questions:
- Who, I wonder, is attempting to rewrite history by changing the Wikipedia entries on the Sponsorship Scandal?
- Is there anyone who can access the Wikipedia sites to re-include the incomplete and missing information?
C/P Jack’s Newswatch.