Monday, March 28, 2011

Harper Advisor says there WAS a Harper Plot in 2004

Hot on my earlier post, we now have Tom Flanagan corroborating the insistence by both Duceppe and Layton that Harper was plotting to replace the legitimately elected Liberal minority government in 2004 with a Harper Conservative minority government – without an election:

Tom Flanagan - There was a Plot
A key adviser to Stephen Harper during his days as Opposition leader says the "co-opposition" arrangement Harper negotiated with NDP leader Jack Layton and Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe in September 2004 was seen by Conservatives at the time as a potential avenue to a Harper-led minority government — without seeking Canadians' approval in an election.


Tom Flanagan, the federal Conservatives' former campaign manager and a one-time Harper chief of staff, told Postmedia News on Monday that the deal Harper described in 2004 as a "co-opposition" accord — but insisted then and insists now was not a formal coalition — was a "perfectly legitimate exercise" aimed at exploring whether there was "common ground for the Conservatives to undertake a minority government."

Duceppe & Layton: There was a Plot
Flanagan's comments are significant because they raise further questions about Harper's interpretation of the episode and, perhaps, his current election strategy of branding Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff a would-be coalition leader — even if he finishes second behind the Conservatives in the May 2 election — willing to strike a deal with Layton and Duceppe to trump a Harper minority and become prime minister.

That is pretty strong support for the Duceppe and Layton version of what happened in the Delta Hotel in 2004 when Harper called these two men to meet him.

The Three Amigos met and signed the letter to the Governor General advising her that they were in "continuous consultation" and that she should consider her options.

Harper - No Plot
Jack Layton and Giles Duceppe have both said that prime minister Stephen Harper is lying to Canadians about his attempt to hatch a plot in the hotel in 2004.

Now Tom Flanagan, a grizzled veteran of right wing politics, has weighed into the fray.

So: Is our Prime Minister lying to us?

Stay tuned – as more answers to The Cat's Questions come tumbling out into the public space.

6 comments :

  1. Harper, the man who can be trusted to deceive Canadians!

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  2. If Harper is making this his main attack on Ignatieff, he needs to explain his position on coalitions and so far, he hasn't done it.

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  3. What you really have here is the opinion of a disgruntled EX-Harper advisor (who has been attacking him publicly for years now) versus CPAC video evidence of Duceppe and Layton both denying that any 'coalition' was attempted.

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  4. Anonymous said...

    If Harper is making this his main attack on Ignatieff, he needs to explain his position on coalitions and so far, he hasn't done it.


    He did that just yesterday.

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  5. I'm Joan from BC, and Fred from BC, what will it take for you to admit that Harper did exactly what he says that Ignatieff might do if a minority government is elected? The point is not that he never said the word "coalition". It is that he co-operated with the dreaded Socialists and scary Separatists in order to take over the government. If it had ever come to that, I am sure that the GG would have insisted upon a formal arrangement(a COALITION)before she would have accepted their proposal. You are splitting hairs, as is usual for those who keep trying to spin the story.

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  6. I'm Joan from BC, and Fred from BC, what will it take for you to admit that Harper did exactly what he says that Ignatieff might do if a minority government is elected? The point is not that he never said the word "coalition". It is that he co-operated with the dreaded Socialists and scary Separatists in order to take over the government.


    No, the point is that the Liberals keep insisting that Stephen Harper tried to form a coalition in 2004 to take over the government, and that's simply not true. He says so, and so do all the other parties involved. And on VIDEO, no less, at a press conference. Go check it out for yourself.

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