Liberals had briefing notes on HST months before election

BC Liberal Finance Minister Colin Hansen’s little story about the HST not being on his “radar screen” became a flat-out lie after a FOI request produced this 11 page internal briefing note here.

Instead of coming clean, Hansen denies even reading them:

“It doesn’t look familiar to me. Given everything else that was on my desk at that time, that was not one of the priority items.”

One big problem with that lie is that the internal documents say that Hansen read them:

Assistant deputy minister Glen Armstrong wrote to colleagues on March 18

“We recently sent up a briefing note package to the minister on harmonization. It’s an important piece. Minister has a BN [briefing note].”
“If it [the HST] had been on our radar, and if it was something we were thinking about it, I would have read it.”
Just like a Liberal to keep denying and lying. (see story here)

Iffy and the repetitive word

Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff has learned a new political catchphrase and he really, really likes it:

“My answer on the coalition is the big red tent. We are the coalition. We are the big, broad inclusive tent that wants to get all Canadians in who want progressive responsible government and that’s the Canadian approach.”

“In fact, the blue tent is a narrow tent, right?. All the other tents are narrow, small tents and what Canadians are looking for is a big tent – I hope it’s a red one – that pulls Canadian regions together, that pulls Canadian people together that says, what can we do together? And that’s the appeal. (see here)

Media declares Iffy Express a success

You gotta love when the media have their stories pre-written and fill in the details to support them.

– Darrell Bellaart Nanaimo Daily

Equating Iffy mania to the Reform movement of the 80’s in a riding that the Liberals have zero chance of winning.

“What struck me at that Commercial Street gathering was the unabashed support I saw for the leader. While that can be expected whenever a high-ranking party member pays a visit, this time Liberal hope bordered on exhilaration” (see here)

– Babara Yaffe Vancouver Sun

The Liberal caucus is all of a sudden enamored with Iffy

“Michael Ignatieff has emerged as a natural campaigner,” Nova Scotia MP Scott Brison asserted on his blog this week. (see here)

– Don Martin Calgary Herald

Iffy is learning to be one with the people and cites an anonymous Liberal MP to prove it:

“He can actually talk to little old ladies about their bowel conditions now,” (see here)

– Jane Taber Globe and Mail

Iffy has learned politicking dontcha know, just ask CBC pollster Frank Graves:

“It’s quite impressive to learn those skills at his age” (see here)

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