The Liberals have been caught putting someone else’s words into Stephen Harper’s mouth in their health care attack ad.
The line attributed to Harper “It’s Past Time the Feds Scrapped the Canada Health Act” not only was not from Oct 2010 as the Liberals state in the ad, it was from National Citizens Coalition president David Somerville in 1997.
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” (see here)
Also: Note that the headline CBC runs doesn’t use the word “attack” only that the ad is “anti-Harper”.
Also: Note this from the article “Contacted last Thursday, Liberal Party spokesman Michel Liboiron…” So the CBC’s Laura Payton knew about this lie since last Thursday and didn’t report on it until today when the Conservatives made it an issue?
Update: From the Globe’s Jane Taber:
“a senior Liberal official said the party strategy dating back six months ago was to launch these attack ads at this particular phase in the campaign – “whether we were 10 points up or 10 points down” (see here)
Update: After first refusing to pull the ad:
“It references past statements made by Stephen Harper. These statements are on the public record and have been sourced multiple times — they are not made up.”
the Liberals have now changed their minds and will alter it.