It seems like Stephen Harper plans to go ahead with its libel lawsuit against Stephane Dion et al. Or at least he says he does, he hasn't filed anything yet. But I believe him. I looked straight into his eyes and I saw he was telling the truth. So to court we go, some time in the next few years anyway.
The Conservative bloggers and commenters have been all a twitter since the libel gauntlet was dropped about the discovery process, where they expect to subpoena all kinds of juicy stuff from the Liberals. Like Pierre Trudeau's little black book. We also know who was behind the grassy knoll and trust me, you'll be surprised.
They forget though that discovery goes both ways.
For example, if this case proceeds I'll be very interested to see all e-mails, faxes, phone records and other corespondence between Ottawa and Surrey, as well as the sworn testimony of all parties involved, that led up to the issuance of this statement:
March 3, 2008
Personal Statement by Dona Cadman
I’m a little bit surprised at the level of reaction to the disclosures in Tom Zytaruk’s book and I guess that’s probably because it was put to rest in my mind, when I discussed the matter with Stephen Harper, 2 ½ years ago. At that time, I recall specifically asking him if he was aware of a million dollar insurance policy offer, that upset Chuck so much.
He looked me straight in the eyes and told me he had no knowledge of an insurance policy offer. I knew he was telling me the truth; I could see it in his eyes. He said, yes he’d had some discussions with two individuals about asking Chuck to rejoin the party, but he’d told them they were wasting their time trying to convince Chuck.
From that point forward…. I didn’t regard it as a “Party” initiative, but rather; the overzealous indiscretion of a couple of individuals…. whose identity, Chuck never revealed to me.
It all comes back to my conversation with the Prime Minister…. 2 ½ years ago. I want to be perfectly clear in that regard. Chuck liked, respected and trusted Stephen Harper. I like, respect and trust Stephen Harper. If I didn’t believe in my heart, that he was telling me the truth…. I wouldn’t be running as the Conservative Candidate for Surrey North.
Dido all e-mail, corespondance, fax, phone records and sworm testimony of those involved in the lead-up to this statement (H/T Quito):
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement from Mr. Dan Wallace
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 2, 2008
Today Mr. Wallace issued the following statement:
“The May meeting date included in a soon to be released book about Chuck Cadman is inaccurate. Unfortunately, because of that error, some media are now reporting that there were two meetings, one on May 17 and another on May 19, 2005, between party officials - Doug Finley and Tom Flanagan - and Chuck Cadman. For the record, there was only the one meeting between my former employer, Chuck Cadman, with Doug Finley and Tom Flanagan and it took place in his private office on May 19th. As I have stated publicly last week, I was outside that room and not privy to the details.”
Were the issuers of these statements contacted by the PMO or a CPC official prior to the issuance of these statements? If so, who? What did they discuss? Where were these statements drafted? By whom? Were revisions suggeted? By whom? What were they? And so on. All perfectly valid questions for discovery, and answers will be legally required and compelled, and given under oath.
I think it might be very interesting to hear the answers. If this thing ever does go to court, that is... Recommend this Post on Progressive Bloggers