CTV’s Fife uses an anonymous source to say Mike Duffy lobbied for Sun News


Once again, CTV’s Robert Fife had better be darn sure that this story smearing his competitor is true:

Sen. Mike Duffy attempted to influence the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission’s upcoming decision involving the right-leaning Sun News Network, a source has told CTV News.

A well-placed source told CTV’s Ottawa Bureau Chief Robert Fife that Duffy approached a Conservative insider with connections to the CRTC three weeks ago to discuss Sun Media, which is asking the federal regulator to grant its news channel “mandatory carriage,” or guaranteed placement on basic cable and satellite packages. (see here)

Because Sun News’ VP Kory Teneycke has denied any knowledge of it:

Senator Duffy does not, nor has he ever, been employed as a lobbyist for Sun News/Sun Media. Nor have we asked Senator Duffy act as an agent on our behalf. (see here)

Pretty safe to guess Sun News has taken this to their lawyers.

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Update: CRTC spokeswoman Patricia Valladao has denied Fife’s story (see here)


NDP’s Mulcair admits being offered cash bribe by Quebec mayor


NDP leader Thomas Mulcair has a lot of explaining to do on why it took him 17 years to tell the RCMP that he was offered an envelope stuffed with money:

In a written statement, federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair says he met with the embattled former Laval, Que., mayor Gilles Vaillancourt in 1994.

French language newspaper La Presse is reporting that Mulcair was targetted by the former mayor. The article says Vaillancourt offered Mulcair an envelope and said he could help him. It goes on to quote Mulcair as saying he did not see the contents of the envelope but was certain it contained money.

A statement issued today by a spokesperson for the NDP leader says Mulcair put an end to the 1994 meeting immediately and recounted the events to police investigators two years ago. (see here)

Instead of doing the right thing, Mulcair enabled a now criminally charged politician to continue operating.

Update: Bombshell! The Globe and Mail is reporting that Mulcair said he was never offered envelopes full of cash in 2010 – the year before he came clean to the RCMP (see here).

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