If you’ve been playing “Where’s Scott?” [similar to Where’s Waldo] we have an answer for you as to where he was Wednesday. He was not out knocking on doors, nor was he at a local town hall meeting. He wasn’t in the riding at all. He was in Winnipeg at the Asper Jewish Community Centre backing up Stephane Dion.
We know this because he appears in a photo in the Globe and Mail [Sept 27th P. A12] where he is shown standing next to Lesley Hughes as Stephane speaks at a podium. Brison may have found Hughes an interesting campaign companion. On Friday, just two days after the picture was taken, Ms Hughes was fired dropped as a Liberal candidate in a Winnipeg riding for her far left wing, wacky views which include a belief that 9/11 was an American government and Jewish conspiracy [ Was this perhaps pointed out by someone at the Asper Jewish Community Centre?] . Ms. Hughes is the subject of a scathing article by Christie Blatchford [Sept. 27 p. A2 ].
…in an interview, Ms. Hughes told the writer Morley Walker, “Both U.S. and Canada have become quasi-security states” because of laws passed since the Sept. 11 attacks.
“We just haven’t found that out yet,” she said. “And the mainstream media in North America are doing little to challenge this.”
Then came the story she wrote called “Get the Truth” and which cost her the candidacy, and which read, in part, “Israeli businesses which had offices in the Towers, vacated the premises a week before the attacks, breaking their lease to do it. About 3,000 Americans working there were not so lucky.”
It was no one-hit wonder, either. According to one of the many 9/11 conspiracy websites, Stop Lying, Ms. Hughes was part of a “push for truth” about 9/11 in Winnipeg in the spring of last year.
At an evening called “Code of Silence” hosted by Barrie Zwicker, who has written a book and produced a documentary on the “media coverup” of 9/11, Ms. Hughes was part of a panel discussion on the same subject.
All three parties have now had to drop candidates because of embarrassments of various sorts. What is worryng for the voter is the lack of quality of many of those stepping up to run for public office and government service. Until this changes Canadians and democracy will not be well served.
Later: For more on the Lesley Hughes issue see : Stephen Taylor’s post
and it ain’t over yet.