The Canadian Press now has a story on the wire about the Conservative Party of Canada fundraising e-mail sent out yesterday soliciting soliciting funds based on Harper’s handling of the still ongoing crisis in the Middle East, which has seen at least eight Canadians killed so far, and bombs still falling.
I’ll let you read it but I will point out that while the author of the letter, CPC executive director Michael Donison, couldn’t be reached for comment, an unnamed “senior Conservative source” (why not go on the record Sandra?) not only refused to apologize for the letter, but actually defended it:
But a senior Conservative source made no apologies for the executive director's pitch.
"The point of the letter is to remind Canadians that they have a prime minister that's able to make decisions and at times those decisions may be tough," the source said.
I’d like to know why this Prime Minister made the decision to send out this letter, and use an ongoing war as a fundraising pitch. That wasn’t a tough decision Stephen, that was an easy one. It's wrong.
July 28, 2006 - 18:30
By: JOAN BRYDEN
OTTAWA (CP) - Conservatives are trying to turn Prime Minister Stephen Harper's principled stand on the Middle East conflict into a money-maker for the party.
Using the Lebanese turmoil - in which hundreds of civilians, including at least nine Canadians, have been killed - to make a fundraising pitch has drawn the ire of at least one Liberal leadership hopeful.