Pay attention. Read carefully. There will be a test:
The Bloc was asking why Mr. Harper's deputy press secretary, Dimitri Soudas, got involved in the government's long-standing battle with the Rosdev Group two years ago. Mr. Soudas's move in the summer of 2006 came a few months after an intervention on the same matter by his friend and party fundraiser, Leo Housakos, who was named by the Harper government to the board of Via Rail last month.
“The Prime Minister cannot plead ignorance concerning what Mr. Housakos did,” Mr. Guimond said. “It was his own government that appointed him to Via Rail. In that context, can the Prime Minister tell us whether he himself has met Mr. Housakos at 24 Sussex, his official residence?”
Now, what did you pick up as the relevant points from those passages? Harper's press secretary? The Rosdev Group? A friend and party fundraiser? The board of Via Rail? Visits to the official residence? Silly bunt. Here's what Stephen Harper picked up:
A Liberal MP says Prime Minister Stephen Harper should apologize to Greek Canadians for suggesting in the Commons Wednesday that opposition MPs are convinced of a government scandal because those involved are Greek...
Mr. Harper replied in French, “The Bloc member mentioned two people who are of Greek origin – one who was an employee here in Ottawa, another one who is a supporter of the Conservative party in Montreal. The fact that [there's] two Montreal gentlemen of Greek origin doesn't mean there's a conspiracy here.”
Um ... how retarded do you have to be to have listened to those initial accusations and concluded, "Holy crap! They're insulting Greeks!" Really, how retarded?
That's it. If I give you any more dumbassitude tonight, you'll have trouble falling asleep.
Ha! Check out Jarrett's hilarious backpedaling rationalization after realizing that he'd gotten the wrong end of the stick. You have to update this post. Really. It's priceless.
Have you read the comments on the CTV site for this story? It would seem that somehow it is the Liberals' fault again. Somehow Dion's partisan politics have something to do with it? Perhaps Adscam? uh, Liberal hacks, Dion is not a leader, we don't run by polls because 82% of our polls show people don't like that, adscam, DO NOT LOOK BEHIND THE CURTAIN!!!
Sorry, got caught up in CPC talking points... but seriously, a cagey move by Harper. His supporters will rally behind him, his detractors get distracted and bemoan the wrong thing, and those in between just ignore the whole thing. Meanwhile, a serious story goes by the wayside.
Good thing Harper's not just another sleazy politician, huh? Yessir. Transparency! Accountability! Zzzz.
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