Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Conservative six degrees of separation

The NDP's Paul Dewar wants an audit of all government appointments since the accountability act was passed, as noted by Woman at Mile 0. It's part of the fallout from these allegations the other day, now under investigation by the OPP.

A fine idea Paul, says I, but I couldn't help but be amused (should be slightly nauseated, but I'm too jaded to fake that) by this little snippet from the intrepid Bruce Cheadle's CP piece on the incestuous little world of Conservative Ottawa:

O'Brien's first campaign manager, Joe Varner, was also Kilrea's manager in the 2003 mayoral campaign. Varner is married to MPP Lisa MacLeod, Baird's former constituency assistant.

MacLeod's father, Daniel MacLeod of New Glasgow, N.S., was recently appointed to the National Capital Commission in Ottawa.

And it was Baird's intervention - at the request of candidate O'Brien - into a local transit plan funded in part with a federal grant that proved to be the turning point in the municipal election race.
And John Baird was in Hollow Man with…Kevin Bacon.

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Walks With Coffee said...

Another excellent post from BCer.

As I pointed out in my Hill Times letter two weeks ago, not all parts of the Accountability Act have been proclaimed. Harper has claimed there is an Accountability Act (weak as it is - according to Gomery and many other experts) but Harper has not proclaimed it all so he can legally be totally partisan in his appointments. He is perpetrating a fraud on the public by saying there is an Accountability Act when in fact, he has not made it law.

Mike said...

Glad to see this is getting soem national coverage...this was pretty well known here in Ottawa for a while, but no where else.

I wold also note that Baird and Pierre Poilievre used to attend many of Kilrea's events even when he wasn't running for office, to whip the right wing into a frenzy....

They are all very close.