Where’s Scott?

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 Angry’s and Lorne Guntergiven her far-left resume, what was she doing as a Liberal candidate anyway?”

and here for the internet’s role [blame Al Gore?] and here

and it ain’t over yet.

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2 responses to “Where’s Scott?

  1. All three parties have now had to drop candidates because of embarrassments of various sorts. What is worrying 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.

    You’re right, ww. I think it’s b/c the Liberals aren’t in their “true” renewal stage yet like the Tories and Reform were in ’93, ’97 and 2000. That movement produced a lot of new, fresh ideas on the right (and a plethora of great new MPs to go with them).

    I guess what I am saying is that the Libs need to do a household cleaning (not cling to old second string MPs). If they do, their fate could be that of the old progressive conservative party.

    Further to that argument, it’s not only the Liberals who are suffering a talent deficit as we are seeing a lot of star MPs retiring on the right as well (some left politics after the merger). Ones that come to mind: Monte Solberg, Deb Grey, Art Hanger, John Heron, Belinda Stronach, Rick Borotsik, Manning, Clark, Andre Bachand, etc.

    And many of them have been replaced by backbench lifers.

  2. We do wish the Conservatives – and all parties really- were a little more careful in choosing their candidates. If good people are retiring it doesn’t help to replace them with the likes of Rosamond Luke – or Lesley Hughes – or others who are perhaps honest and less wacky but not real assets.

    We miss Monte.
    http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=646cd681-3065-4c13-ae6e-88db6137516f
    but perhaps he will start blogging again.