Liberal MLA back under RCMP investigation also cozy relationship with TV reporter discovered

BC Liberal MLA and former solicitor general Kash Heed is back under police investigation stemming from Election Act violations that led to charges (see here) against two of Heed’s campaign workers.

“police allege Heed was part of an elaborate scheme that took his constituency office’s furniture allowance to pay the campaign workers who created anti-NDP pamphlets”

RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Tim Shields:

“[These] are allegations of offenses under the elections act and under the criminal code. They are serious”

“Sgt. John Taylor of the RCMP E-Division Commercial Crimes unit wrote in the warrant that based on the evidence in the investigation, he thought Heed was holding back during interrogations.”

“Contrary to Kash Heed’s statements, I believe that Kash Heed is not telling the whole truth”

Near the bottom of the article was the other bombshell in which Global News reporter Catherine Urquhart is shown to be in a tight relationship with Heed and Heed’s charged campaign manager, Barinder Sall.

Email exchange between Sall and Urqhart June 10, 2010:

“I can honestly say Kash would not be SG today if it hadn’t been for some key people behind the scenes,” wrote Sall. “There were truly three people that played a major role: Me, Peter Dhillon, and yourself and Kash knows this. Peter was the money guy, I’m the brown tanned James Bond strategy girl chasing guy, and you were like the communications director… your stories, coverage and timing gave Kash a lot of profile and built him a following from day 1.”

“Hey, that’s really sweet of you,” wrote Urquhart. “Have to say — there were a number of people along the way (cops and reporters — mostly cops) who seemed to have it in for Kash. But I always believed he was a good guy. I’m truly glad it worked out! C”

And if that wasn’t damaging enough, check out this other article here which is about Urquart and Heed denying that she was tipped off by Heed in order to get coverage on a juicy story involving Heed when he was police chief.

Can’t wait to hear the response from Global.

Also: The hits keep coming against Global reporters as longtime radio and television journalist Ron Bencze is now facing five charges of sexual assault, including two counts of sexual interference with a person under 16 and two of invitation to sexual touching involving a person under 16. (see here)

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Mr Beer and Popcorn pushes Ignatieff for personal tax cuts

Former Paul Martin top adviser and communications director Scott Reid, who infamously said at the start of the 2005 election campaign, “Don’t give people $25 a day to blow on beer and popcorn” is wanting Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff to promise to cut personal tax rates.

Keep in mind that Iffy is right now telling the business community that Canada can’t afford to follow through on the corporate tax cuts already in the pipe.

Scott Reid is the gift that keeps on giving. (see here)

Has Macleans’ Coyne officially lost it?

Andrew Coyne crossed over into fantasy land with his latest column in which he says that Liberal MP Bob Rae was not only correct in his interference in the UAE dispute (see here), he also advocates for Rae to cross the floor to be named Harper’s foreign minister.

Coyne has sure fallen a long ways from his days at the National Post. Guess that’s what too many appearances on CBC (see here) and a stint at Macleans does to one who was once the leading political pundit in the country?

How far they do fall when they become part of the Ottawa establishment. (see here)

Also: Check out my post on Maclean’s hypocrisy on receiving $1.5M in gov’t subsidy and Coyne flipping out in the comment section calling me a troll among other things here.

Globe’s Martin does his best to defend Ignatieff from latest Con ads

The Globe’s Lawrence Martin tries so hard to shield the Liberals from the Conservative Party’s latest set of ads, it’s almost laughable:

1) “we might have thought…try to portray himself [Harper] as a statesman”

Who exactly is this “we” he mentions?

2) “all the criticism he has received over the years for mean-spiritedness, for appearing like a low-road operator”

Gotta love the personal slurs from the anonymous “all”

3) “Obama’s speech after the shootings… To bring out a series of attack ads afterward was hardly something political experts would have recommended”

Don’t even get me started with Martin trying to link this to the Arizona murders and just who are these “political experts”?

4) “A senior Liberal strategist told me last week that they expected Mr. Harper would…moderate his image and that it would not be helpful to the Liberal cause. The strategist, however, did make a clichéd observation – the one about a leopard never changing his spots.”

And presto, there’s the “expert”…

5) “at some point, you have to wonder whether this kind of politics will backfire. It looked like it would a year ago, when much opposition arose after he shut down Parliament. The Haiti calamity intervened to save him.”

These lines drip bitterness. You can read the frustration in Martin that the coalition attempt didn’t work and he conveniently forgets to mention what the public thought about this “take-over”.

6) “…can defend their new ads as accurate – provided that those who view them are among the most gullible folk who ever walked the Northern Hemisphere”

Martin goes on to say that the carbon tax, coalition and raising GST are all non-issues since Iffy has changed his mind or hasn’t answered. Case closed…

7) “…sinister music, attack Mr. Ignatieff’s patriotism, suggesting his heart lies in the United States. It’s poppycock…”

Politics is about framing your opponent. Martin gets his panties-in-a-bunch when it comes to Iffy but has no problem doing it to Harper throughout the same column.

) “…given the PM’s reputation, given his need to be more statesmanlike to broaden his support, given Tucson and the search for higher standards, he is taking a bigger gamble this time. Canadians are likely to compare this junk with what they heard from Mr. Obama last week”

More linkage to Harper and the Arizona murders and of course another Obama comparison again at the end in case you forgot the first ones at the beginning. (see here)

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