On Monday, the Cranbrook Daily Townsman's Gerry Warner reported Minister of State for Mining Bill Bennett "believes that the NDP has hired an American firm that specializes in political dirty tricks to advise the NDP on the health care debate." And what's the reason for that belief, you may wonder? Well, according The Province's Ian Bailey Minister Bennett "explained his allegations by suggesting the NDP had taken on a nasty tone. He said some New Democrats have been to Washington for seminars, 'where they were trying to teach people about how to practise politics in a more effective and negative way'" - news first reported on Public Eye back in May. So, using that logic, does that mean the provincial Liberals have also hired American firms specializing in dirty tricks? After all, in March 2005, columnist Bill Tieleman reported in the Georgia Straight that the premier's chief of staff Martyn Brown attended an American Association of Political Consultants conference in Washington, D.C. last January at the Liberal Party's expense. Just askin'!
October 18, 2006