Stephen Harper made a predictable ass out of himself yesterday when, in the House of Commons, he accused the Liberals of having links to organized crime.
These allegations are of course untrue… or at the very least unproveable, and have no place in the daily discourse of the House. (And yes, the Liberals are right to threaten to sue Conservative MPs who brought up the issue outside the House in the media scrums with libel.)
All that said, I did a quick Google search on “Brian Mulroney link organized crime”.
What can I say… I’m honest in my counter-punching.
The result, well, there were a lot… take that from that what you may.
But this was the top hit… The FreeRepublic.com
Canadian police have identified Clinton donor and Macao gambling tycoon Stanley Ho as the leader of a triad gang of organized criminals with strong ties to Communist China.
[But that's not all...]
The Vancouver Province reported that senior Canadian politicians – including former prime minister Brian Mulroney and members of current Prime Minister Jean Chretien’s Cabinet – have “feted and wooed” Ho, and that “despite the listing 10 years ago, Ho has unfettered access to Canada and its top politicians and is a major contributor to political parties in Canada.” The RCMP roster, first issued in 1990, remains current, according to the report.
Setting aside the fact that theFreeRepublic.com seems to think Vancouver is the Capital of British Columbia… the message here is clear.
If Stephen Harper is looking for links to organized crime, he need not focus solely on one party or politician. There are plenty of smears to throw around, including, likely in his own caucus.