braveheart wrote:The left busted lying to the Canadian people . Look who wrote the piece. A CBC reporter.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canadav ... ib-ad.html
Tories demand Liberals pull anti-Harper health ad
By Laura Payton, CBC News Posted: Apr 18, 2011 11:25 AM ET Last Updated: Apr 18, 2011 11:44 AM ET Read 123 comments123
The speaker was more likely former National Citizens Coalition president David Somerville. ((CBC))
The Tories are demanding the Liberals pull their new health-care ad, arguing that the party misquoted Conservative Leader Stephen Harper.
The television ad asks if voters can trust Harper to be in charge of health care and says he once argued the federal government should scrap the Canada Health Act.
But it wasn't Harper who spoke the words cited in the ad — it was his then-boss, National Citizens Coalition president David Somerville, a Conservative spokesman said Monday.
The ad cites an Aug. 26, 2010 Globe and Mail piece for the first statement, and runs it with a headline that says "It's Past Time the Feds Scrapped the Canada Health Act."
But while that line did indeed appear in the Globe and Mail last year, it was in a column by writer André Picard. Picard was citing Harper from a 1997 statement he made as vice-president of the NCC.
A Google search makes it clear the line is oft-cited but never with a link to a recording or speech text. It's usually sourced to a famous speech Harper made in Montreal to a conservative American group called the Council for National Policy (where he calls Canada a northern European welfare state).
Now it appears Harper didn't use the line at all.
Contacted last Thursday, Liberal Party spokesman Michel Liboiron said he didn't think it was misleading to say the quote came from 2010.
"We wanted to use the most up-to-date reference, which would seem to be the Globe story," he said in an email.
CBC had tried last week to track down the quote but wasn't able to confirm it. The Conservatives contacted the media on Monday to announce their demand the Liberals remove the ad.
Neither the Liberal Party or NDP can provide source material for this quote.
The line appeared in the June 1997 issue of Bulldog, the NCC newsletter, Conservative spokesman Mike White said in an email.
"The Liberals know full well that the quotation belongs to Mr. Somerville, not Mr. Harper, because the Liberal Party correctly attributed the comment to Mr. Somerville in the Liberals' 2004 essay, "Stephen Harper and the National Citizens' Coalition," at page 5, footnote 20," White wrote.
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