Attempted murderer and assassin was “high-ranking lieutenant in Christy Clark’s leadership campaign”

A fellow blogger has done some digging into the story about how a convicted would-be murderer got a ticket (see here) to the BC Liberal’s budget speech.

Turns out that Jaspal Singh Atwal was a very important campaigner for Christy Clark and still remains an influential support of hers:

“I’m told by absolutely appalled former Clark supporters that Mr. Atwal wasn’t just an eager, influential campaigner, but he was instrumental in putting together those Clark memberships, in astronomical numbers, and in delivering key major contributions to the Clark campaign.” (see here)

Look for a Liberal caucus revolt when this hits the media.

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Resigned Conservative staffer says he had no involvement in robocalls

This is from Michael Sona, the former office worker for Conservative MP Eve Adams:

“I wish to address the allegations and accusations levelled against me in the media over the last six days. I have remained silent to this point with the hope that the real guilty party would be apprehended. The rumours continue to swirl, and media are now involving my family, so I feel that it is imperative that I respond.

I had no involvement in the fraudulent phone calls, which also targeted our supporters as can be attested to by our local campaign team and phone records. On Thursday, I offered my resignation to my employer. The role of a staffer is to assist their employer in their responsibilities, and that was impossible to accomplish with the media continually repeating these rumours. It is for that reason and that reason alone that I resigned from my position.”

Michael Sona

Wonder if we may see some more slander and libel legal notices going out soon?

Will CBC’s Milewski & Ujjal Dosanjh now say Liberals support terrorist?

During the election, CBC’s Terry Milewski and Liberal candidate Ujjal Dosanjh claimed that the Conservative candidate (now MP) Wai Young was being supported by an Air India bombing suspect after he was at a school which she was invited.

Milewski:

“The endorsement of a man like Ripudaman Singh Malik is something most politicians would run away from as fast as they can.” (see here)

Milewski was then sued by Malik (I have no idea where it stands now) and accused me of “rooting for Malik” after I wrote about the lawsuit as well as his omission that Malik was endorsing two Liberal candidates.

So, I wonder then if Milewski and Dosanjh will get together now that a convicted political assassin attended the exclusive invite-only Liberal budget speech? (see here)

Update: BC Conservatives press release

Media reports today reveal that Jaspal Singh Atwal was on the guest list to attend Budget Speech in the legislature chamber last week.

“Premier Clark must answer questions about how this convicted gunman came to be invited by her Office to the budget,” said John Cummins, Leader of British Columbia’s Conservatives. “The Premier’s Office says they do not vet names on the list, but even a simple google search would have sufficed. The first two results on google for Mr. Atwal’s name are a story about ICBC suing him for luxury car thefts, and the controversy when a former Liberal MP tried to get Mr. Atwal a visa to visit India, despite Mr. Atwal having been convicted of the attempted murder of an Indian government official.”

Mr. Atwal was convicted of the 1986 attempted murder of Malkiat Singh Sidhu, and admitted to pulling the trigger. Mr. Atwal was charged, but acquitted, of the beating of Former Premier Ujjal Dosanjh in 1985. In 2007 he was sued by ICBC for involvement in an auto-theft scam, and was ordered to pay ICBC by a BC Supreme Court judge.

“The Premier’s office says that Mr. Atwal’s name was provided by another guest, who was that guest? Why are they trying to blame it on the Speaker’s Office when the name was provided by the Premier’s own office? Why was the name not checked? Mr. Atwal has a high profile, having been involved in multiple well publicized criminal proceedings, many of them connected to politics. Claiming it was a last minute change is not an excuse for inviting a would-be murder to the legislature.”

NDP MP calls Senators “unimportant” and “can’t name” any from her province

Admitting you are unimformed about the Senate and its members isn’t exactly the smartest move for a NDP MP.

Megan Leslie:

“I am a member of Parliament for the province of Nova Scotia and I cannot tell you their names.

“They are non-existent in our province. They are not out there meeting with people. They are not out there talking about issues. I don’t know what they do.” (see here)

A real reporter would have countered with asking Leslie to name all her caucus mates especially all those accidental ones elected in Quebec.

Not that I would expect that from the Chronicle Herald’s Paul McLeod.

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