Why would NDP MP Joe Comartin let the truth get in the way of smearing the reputation of a Supreme Court judge when a made-up version suits his political agenda better?
Comartin, who happens to be the NDP’s long-time justice critic, said this to a currently nominated judge about his vow to learn French:
“Maybe it’s a case of once bitten, twice shy; but I heard the same commitment from him. That was five years ago, and Justice Rothstein is still unable to conduct any hearings in French.”
Problem is, the judge in question, Justice Marshall Rothstein said no such thing during his parliamentary hearing and is not happy one bit with Comartin:
“Mr. Comartin was at the parliamentary hearing in 2006 and the record of that hearing is perfectly clear as to what I said and what questions were and were not put to me. It speaks for itself. I have no intention of engaging in a debate with Mr. Comartin.”
And instead of apologizing, Comartin tries to pretend he was told in confidentiality and those discussion records are now destroyed:
“I can’t speculate about how I may have had that information, but it may very well [have been] a result of that process. If it was in the closed-door meetings – and I’m not saying it was because I just don’t remember – but if it was, I wouldn’t be able to tell you that.”
The NDP leader Nycole Turmel was quick to sanction two NDP MPs for voting in favour of scrapping the Gun Registry but who’d like to bet she won’t do anything about Comartin damaging a judge’s character so he could pander to Quebec? (see here)