I won't devote much virtual ink to the Globe’s report that not many Conservative MPs, and an astounding 18 cabinet ministers, either didn’t donate to their party last year or donated less than $200.
I won’t comment on what that seems to say about their belief in their party, or any contradiction about sending-out fundraising solicitations without giving themselves. I won’t even dig out the comments made by Conservative bloggers a year ago, when similar stories were written about Liberal MPs, stories Conservative bloggers and MPs took great glee in trumpeting.
That would all be just a little too easy. Instead, let me just pick up on Deceivin’ Steven’s old accountability meme. What does accountability mean to the CPC? Apparently it means dodging media questions:
The Globe sent an e-mail to all Conservative MPs who did not appear to have made donations in 2006, either to correct the record or allow them to provide an explanation.
Conservative Party officials urged MPs not to reply to The Globe if they did not give more than $200 or to point out that they donate to many charities and organizations every year.
Accountability indeed. Anyway, I thought this line was amusing:
While party officials point out that donations are personal matters, they also note they have expectations for MPs.
"As a grassroots party that receives donations from Canadians all over the country, we'd like to receive donations from all kinds of Canadians," a Conservative official said.
The official added the party has a "good idea of who gives and who doesn't."
Deceivin’ Steven is making his list and checking it twice. He’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice. Cabinet Claus is coming, to town…
Lastly, this was yet another political story in which the Globe granted anonymity, this time to a CPC party official who gave the above quote. Any reason why he/she had to be unnamed? And because CPC MPs would be mad at him/her for publicly calling them out for not donating isn’t a good enough reason to not give their name. Recommend this Post on Progressive Bloggers