After Liberal Research staffer Adam Carroll was outed as the person behind the Twitter account that was putting Minister Vic Toews’ divorce documents online (see here), Liberal leader Bob Rae unequivocally stated that the Liberal Party does not condone nor is involved in any personal attacks of other politicians.
“Matters of personal and private conduct are not to be the subject of political attack or political rhetoric.” (see here)
The Liberal staffer, Adam Carroll, is scheduled to appear before a House of Commons committee next week and will assuredly be asked to state under oath that he acted alone. Also, look for the committee’s Conservative MPs to get their hands on Carroll’s email trail from his government issued computer.
So that’s one way to see if Rae was being truthful and there is also another but it would take the media to come forward with information on who was “shopping” Toews’ divorce documents around Ottawa. This was again confirmed today by the National Post’s Chris Selley:
“If you’re going to attack people the way that Vic Toews attacked people, then some of that’s going to come back at you.” If that’s the case, why shouldn’t the Liberal or NDP research departments publish the details of Mr. Toews’ divorce? At least it would be more honourable than shopping them around to reporters in hopes they’d do the dirty work.” (see here)
Was it either only the Green Party or NDP Party who tried to get the media to do their dirty work for them or was the Liberal Party involved? And, if it was a Liberal Party operative(s) ‘shopping’ these around, was it Adam Carroll or someone else?
Rae’s apology was greeted with great fanfare by the Ottawa media élite such as this gag inducing Tweet by Andrew Coyne:
“Rae turning a fiasco for his party into something of a personal triumph. This is how an apology is done, folks.”
There are Ottawa Press Gallery members who have the answers but will they do the right thing and tell?