CanWest's David Akin files a piece on the Raitt tape story that's breaking this AM, and gets comments from a Harper PMO spokesperson, Dimitri Soudas.
Sometimes Dimitri takes a day off to spokesperson for the party, but I think he has his PMO hat on today.
In Akin's story, Soudas issued what I found to be a very specific denial.He said no GOVERMENT DEPARTMENT is involved win THE HEARING itself.
Dimitri Soudas, press secretary to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, said no government department is involved in the hearing in Nova Scotia on Monday afternoon. Soudas said he had no knowledge of the matter. Steve Outhouse, who has replaced MacDonnell as Raitt's director of communications, also said his office had no knowledge of the matter.
That's a very specific statement, that would seem to leave lots open to speculation. It's interesting how carefully Dimitri choose his words here, isn't it?
No mention of the Conservative Party, or a statement they're not involved. And his statement doesn't preclude involvement with the actual applicant either, does it?
UPDATE: For the record, the story is now updated with this denial from the CPC side:
Ryan Sparrow, a spokesman for the Conservative Party of Canada, said the party has no connection to the matter.Recommend this Post on Progressive Bloggers