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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Retraction: Guelph Liberal Valeriote still supports colalition?

I think I'm just as confused as the Editors at the Guelph Mercury are on this one. As such, I'm going to reserve any further comment on it until this is further clarified...
Short-term maverick

Frank Valeriote is backing off his comments after the national media grabbed the Mercury story with his comments that fixing the economy should be the focus right now.

It didn't take long.

After reporter Scott Tracey spoke with the Guelph MP yesterday, we posted a few paragraphs. Valeriote himself called shortly after to say he had issue with the post. He later called a couple more times and briefly spoke with Tracey this morning.

We're at a bit of a loss.

Valeriote did not question the quotes cited, nor the main thrust when repeated to him last night — that he believes (as most Canadians do) the focus right now in Ottawa should be fixing the economy. And if the Conservatives can't do it, a coalition would.

It looks like the National Post called to get more on this and reported: "He backed off the comments later last night, saying his ultimate focus was the country's need for an economic rescue plan." How's that backing off?

He's still telling us the story is "wrong."

We're going to try to reach Valeriote again today to seek clarity — Does he still think the priority should be to get a plan to fix the economy, even that's from the Tories? Or is he pushing for a coalition government to achieve this?

It's too bad. Most people would probably tell you they don't care who's in charge as long as someone gets to work on the economy. Valeriote was merely saying the same thing — of course, that may not be what the party wants to be saying right now.

Posted at 10:01 AM
Fortunately, he has plenty of time to get this straightened out, as Parliament has been prorouged until January 26th.



  • At Thu. Dec. 04, 01:23:00 p.m. EST, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This isn't surprising nor confusing at all.

    He wimped out. He got grief from his party's whip, realized he was in trouble, and backed down.

  • At Thu. Dec. 04, 01:23:00 p.m. EST, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Now that they won’t be expediting their Macbethian coup anytime soon its time for the traitors to stop their lunacy pursuant to spending this country into a long-term structural deficit. The so-called coalition, (or gang of traitors), of big spending Liberals and waco Marxists morons, supported by the lunatic separatists, should stop whining and begin behaving as if they actually cared about the economy of this country.

    If Dion or Layton actually cared about the country they would work with the PM to develop a recovery plan by lowering payroll and/or GST taxes but not creating a deficit. The money to lower taxes would come from cutting superfluous, profligate or/and ineffectual programs, selling assets (starting with the left-bias, bimbo-ran CBC) and immediately cutting 5% from all departments and crown corporations.

    There must be no buyout for the auto industry, and the government definitely must not dispense tens of billions of our tax dollars into other industries or worthless, ineffectual big spending new programs.


  • At Thu. Dec. 04, 01:31:00 p.m. EST, Blogger Skuleman said…

    Methinks he's been whipped.

  • At Thu. Dec. 04, 01:41:00 p.m. EST, Blogger Joanne (True Blue) said…

    My guess is that he is in the middle of a blast of anger from both disgruntled constituents and from the party's big shots.

    Tough situation.

  • At Thu. Dec. 04, 02:03:00 p.m. EST, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    So someone got to Valeriote and he has shown us that a new liberal has the same values as an old liberal,nothing gets in the way of the quest for power or personal ambitions.

  • At Thu. Dec. 04, 02:28:00 p.m. EST, Blogger robins111 said…

    Whipped weasel

  • At Thu. Dec. 04, 03:37:00 p.m. EST, Blogger Ames Way said…

    I love your label.

  • At Thu. Dec. 04, 04:06:00 p.m. EST, Anonymous Anne in sw ON said…

    Apparently Liberal ranks are closing. They've all signed a letter to the GG indicating their support of the coalition. No, wait a sec....Bob Fife has just said both Dion and Ignatieff were shouted down during the Lib caucus meeting for saying they'd listen to what PMH has to offer in the budget. They want this farcical triad to continue no matter what the CPC does. But then Iggy has just severely criticized Jim Karygiannis for telling CTV he thought the coalition couldn't last. What the heck is going on? Looks like there's more to come. The Libs are imploding.

  • At Thu. Dec. 04, 04:33:00 p.m. EST, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    I don't agree with you often - possibly never - but I don't think you need to apologize over this.

    I read the "teaser" statement in the paper yesterday, and it sounded like a rather ambiguous on which to plant the idea that he was running from his caucus.

    It sounded sort of like a sloppy, "I'm thinking of other things rather than the coalition and want to get things done in Parliament so am not planning for government" kind of statement that - in normal times - would just be considered standard fare.

    That's a far cry from a "I refuse to support this travesty" kinda statement the paper was making it out to be.

    Once they wanted to run with it and print an entire expose, he probably just explained they didn't understand his point.

    My reading is he really doesn't want the mess to continue. I'd say a good number of MPs probably feel the same way, from all the parties.

    But in a tense environment, the stories sometimes run away from anything that sounds grey, not black and white.

    That's my take anyway. Maybe the prorogation is a good idea after all for just that reason.

  • At Thu. Dec. 04, 05:08:00 p.m. EST, Blogger Christian Conservative said…

    Thanks Joseph... it's not so much an "apology", but I've been caught before pushing a story that later turned out to be untrue. Just wanted to quickly acknowledge that the story was problematic, and that I'm looking into it further and waiting for more info.

    Thanks for your two cents.

  • At Fri. Dec. 05, 08:20:00 a.m. EST, Blogger Luke Coughey said…

    So, is there any chance that Harper might be able to get some Liberals to defect to the Conservative party? Would it be a good idea for him to shuffle the cabinet and bring some of the opposition on board (without having to defect)?

    I really think that if the Conservatives want to hold the position of power, they'll need to be more inclusive with the opposition.


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