Massive political scandal involving CTV’s Don Martin

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I’m trying to think of another political scandal involving a Canadian political journalist that was bigger than the one CTV Power Play host Don Martin is currently embroiled in.

It’s a fairly complex case but CBC’s Charles Rusnell does a great job explaining what has been alleged and what has now been proven – it basically boils down to this:

1) Arthur Kent was seeking a AB PC nomination but had spoken out against then leader Ed Stelmach

2) As revenge, Stelmach wanted Kent to lose nomination

3) Kent’s lawyer (whose firm was tied to PC Party) colluded with PC insiders to leak damaging false info to then National Post reporter Don Martin

4) Kent finally forced the AB Law Society to finally hear the case against lawyer which found her guilty of breaching confidentiality and covering-it up

5) criminal charges may still be forthcoming against Kent’s former lawyer and civil lawsuits against PC party officials, Don Martin, Canwest (now Postmedia) and the National Post are still going through the courts

Topping the article off were emails between Martin and the lawyer which showing some serious lack of professionalism and assuredly damaging for the ongoing civil suits:

“I see the death spiral for (Arthur Kent) continues? Any more dirt? Column runs tomorrow. Hugs. (Don). (see here)

How Martin could keep his job at CTV after this would be mind-boggling.

Also: For further reading, Arthur Kent posted a lengthy run-down on his bog site in 2011 here



8 Responses to “Massive political scandal involving CTV’s Don Martin”

  1. bocanut Says:

    Martin could benefit from a prison diet

  2. Guffman Says:

    Don Martin is always such a smug and sneering a$$hat. Good to see him being taken down a notch (or several!)
    Let’s hope that’s the end of his show as well. As you said, hard to see how CTV could keep it going now.

  3. Liz J Says:

    “Hugs” should do it. What kind of lawyer would be so unethical as to break client confidentially to a media hack like Martin?
    Is Martin incompetent, plain stupid or blindly partisan and couldn’t contain this info?

  4. Hans Says:

    “One of Canada’s top corporate ethics lawyers”

    Never thought I would see ethics and lawyer in the same sentence…

    Isn’t ‘client confidentiality’ one of the basic tenets of ‘legal ethics’?

    She must have known that she would be ‘hoist on her own petard’.

    The stupid is simply staggering, or was there a onetime massive balloon payment to a numbered account in a Caribbean tax free haven?

    If you’re going to practice legal career self immolation; someone should pay you handsomely for the service.


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  5. badbeta Says:

    That sure says it all as to what sort of justice one can expect from the Alberta Law Society. Even after Kent finally got that much out of them, they gave her a slap on the wrist with a 4 month suspension. Give me a break, Peter Kent was her client …what she did was not forgivable, she should have face charges and then disbarment. As for the Allberta Law Society, is not the corruption self evident?

  6. Ontario Girl Says:

    This is nothing new. Smirking Don Martins Friday columns are always full of Conservative and Harper hate rants and lies. Hope they throw the book at the scum…glad he finally got caught in his sneaky underhanded way of getting his info without having to leave his bar stool to do any actual investigative reporting. Love the shoe on the other foot for this mega media hack. As for his show, who watches it anyways and who cares what Susan Delacourt and the rest of his Liberal guests think anyways? No one watches his tanking show. Next up I hope is Fife the knife.

    • Liz J Says:

      Beyond this Blog there’s not much talk about this story. I quit watching Martin, he sounds like the proverbial lounge lizzard, full of himself and droning on like someone you’d be sitting next to on a bar stool. All he and his pals do is pretend to be sincerely neutral when they ooze Liberal adoration.
      As for Fife, he’s another one who will never get a comeuppance, they just get away with everything because that’s how it is , the state of journalism is not bout facts but spin and innuendo to the detriment of all things Conservative.

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