These gormless, unethical nitwits really shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near recording devices of any sort.
The NDP says it may pursue criminal charges after the Conservatives covertly listened in, taped and distributed audio of a closed-door NDP strategy session.
Priceless. As is this elaboration by Thomas Mulcair in the same article concerning the now infamous letter from Harper to the Governor General in 2004 demonstrating the rank hypocrisy of the Conservatives:
As for the substance of the call, Mulcair said the talks with the Bloc were perfectly normal consultations between parties in a minority government. They began only after the government’s economic update was delivered last Thursday, he said.
And Mulcair pointed as an example to consultations that took place between Layton, Harper and the Bloc’s Gilles Duceppe in September 2004 when the Liberals were freshly installed as a minority government.
Harper, who was leader of the Opposition at that time, held lengthy discussions with Layton and Duceppe aimed at supplanting Paul Martin’s Liberal government without an election in the fall of 2004.
Those talks did not invoke a coalition, but rather revolved around replacing the elected Liberal minority with a Conservative government led by Harper and supported by the New Democrats and Bloc on an issue-by-issue basis.
So much for the undemocratic “coup d’état” talking point being flogged by certain Conservative “blowhards” (who shall remain nameless to save them the embarrassment of their own idiocy).
Update: Jeff has the video of Mulcair’s press conference this afternoon.
Bonus snark from Scott Brison talking on Newsworld this morning: “I knew that Stephen Harper had the policies of George W. Bush, but I was shocked and appalled to see that he’s got the ethics of Richard Nixon.” (Or words to that effect — a loose transcription from memory.)