Monday, April 18, 2005

Martin Meltdown

IT LOOKS LIKE this is a bit more than "in-fighting." It is a full scale internal war, with the governing Liberals on the collapse. One month ago, Jane Taber asked: "Will the real Scott Reid keep out of trouble?

The answer is that the other Reid, Martin's Reid, is in trouble. Kinsella is suing Martin's spokesman Scott Reid as of today. Kinsella complained that Earnscliffe was a company which received some dubious contracts while Martin was Finance Minister and Kinsella was working for the government. Reid said this about Kinsella's testimony today:
"I think people see Warren Kinsella for what he is. I think his testimony is flat out false lies."
And perhaps it was Reid is who called him minutes before his testimony today, vowing to refute everything he was going to say. This act sounds more related to salve ipso than sape audere ("saving oneself" as opposed to "daring to hear" Kinsella's testimony). Not a good day for Martin, or those around him. Having a Liberal sue the Liberal PMO spokesman is nothing but terrible news for the Liberals.

MARTIN KNEW ABOUT THE sponsorship details says former Liberal aid Warren Kinsella.
Not only did he know, but
"In my opinion Mr. Martin was aware of the situation," said Mr. Kinsella, who served at the time as an aide to then-public works minister David Dingwall."He knew of the problems with regard to contracts."
Where is the CBC on this? Their story, found here, contains no such details of Kinsella's explosive testimony. On The National tonight, they mentioned two people involved, but only Terrie O'Leary's (Martin's ex-rebuttal. Kinsella's response: "Terrie, all of this spells trouble and you know it."

MARTIN KNEW CLAUDE BOULAY
better than he let on in the House of Commons last week. Last week, he said that
"I have never had a lunch with Claude Boulay or anybody else to discuss the direction of contracts, directing contracts, intervening in contracts, that's
just simply not my style of politics."
Today, it appears that he may not have had lunch with Boulay, but he may have had dinner. I guess it depends on what the Opposition's definition of "Lunch" is. Is it after 4? Does Martin need to order anything? The qualifiers are all over the place. " "I can't recall having had
lunch with him since we formed the government."


CHRISTO: A question now is whether Martin knows them well or if he just sees them. Martin says:
"I don't know them well, but I do see them," Martin is quoted as saying in the inquiry transcripts. "I would bump into them socially or at political events in the Montreal area. I have a place in the country about an hour anda half away."
I don't know about you, but people who drive an hour and half out of town to see me desire to say more than just "How do you do?" I suppose the question Martin needs to answer is, why and how does he know Mr. Boulay? It is not guilt by association here. But it seems suspicious that many of the Liberals' top brass seem to know these marketing executives personally. It seems a bit too "coincidental" to me.

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