[UPDATE: I've been told that The Star is working on this as we speak.]
[UPDATER: Alison seems to have found another one. See list below.]
[EVEN UPDATIER THAN THAT: Toronto Centre? See the addition at the bottom.]
[SUPER DUPER UPDATE: CTV is on the story. And the furious backpedaling begins. More below.]
Ah ... the beast awakes, and here's how it works. We hammered home the Montebello agent provocateur story and, within a day, there were public mea culpas and frantic finger-pointing. And we can do the same thing here.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the ideological aisle, Canada's wankers can go pat themselves on the back by freeping another poll or something. It's what they do best.
The media links at the moment:
Leave any new links in the comments section, and I'll add them here.
AS A REFRESHER, there are apparently
- Sharon Smith (above)
- Brendan Bell, Yellowknife (as yet unconfirmed)
- John Duncan(?), Vancouver Island North (allegedly representing actual NDP MP Catherine Bell)
- John Weston, West Van Sunshine Coast Sea-to-Sky
TOTALLY GRATUITOUS OBSERVATION: Like, you had to ask?
IT KEEPS GOING AND GOING AND GOING ...
CC, I had no idea this was a trend. Now I wish I had kept the letter I got two weeks ago from the Cons.
I'm in Toronto Centre, and the letter said that since Bill Graham had retired, our liaison would now be a Con MP. I don't remember the name (her name?), but I believe it was the Con party Whip.
I remember being extremely irritated, thinking, "Even if I don't have a sitting MP at the moment, do you think for a second I'll be going to a CON for help if I need it??" I'd be getting in touch with Stephane Dion or, more likely since I'm in Toronto, Jack Layton.
Anyone else from Toronto Centre have something to add to this?
Never mind, false alarm on the Toronto Centre story. See Phyl's comment.
SUPER DUPER UPDATE, REDUX: Unfortunately, while the CTV story is a start, it mentions only budding porn star Sharon Smith, and none of the other "go-to" eager beavers listed above. So when you read this:
Government officials have distanced themselves from Harris's unofficial appointment of Smith as the riding representative in Ottawa.
"He just kind of did that himself,'' government spokesman Ryan Sparrow said of Harris's move.
"(Smith) is the Conservative candidate in the next election. That's her only official capacity.''
it's not particularly convincing.