Last month, new Liberal Party of Canada leader Stephane Dion was more than happy to push aside his personal convictions for political expediency:
Friday, December 8, 2006, CBC News
Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion said he would renounce his French citizenship, albeit reluctantly, if it impedes his quest to become prime minister.
Now, he is open to pushing aside the convictions of his own party for the sake of admitted Sponsorship Scandal fraudster and “banned for life” Liberal Party operative Marc-Yvan Cote:
January 24, 2007 Canadian Press
…He told Le Soleil that Cote’s punishment was exaggerated, that he’d recognized his error and shouldn’t be penalized for life…
Cote was one of 10 members banned for life from the federal party by former prime minister Paul Martin in a bid to contain the political damage from the sponsorship scandal.
The scandal – in which ad executives admitted paying millions in kickbacks to the Quebec wing of the party in return for lucrative federal sponsorship contracts – devastated the party in Quebec and ultimately helped drive the Liberals out of power.
During the Gomery inquiry into the scandal, Cote testified he received $120,000 in $100 bills from the director general of the party’s Quebec wing. He distributed that money to 12 Liberal candidates in the 1997 federal election.
Not only is he an admittedly spineless political panderer, but he’s admittedly soft on corruption. Add to this the fact that he was completely in the dark about the defection of his own caucus member (Wajid Khan) after it had already been reported by all the mainstream media, and the fact that his incomprehensible English has even the likes of Shameless Jane Taber cringing, and you have the makings of a legendary political disaster. At this rate, I wouldn’t be surprised if he is forced out as leader before the next election campaign. It must be occurring to SOMEONE in the Librano Party backrooms that this guy is not up to the task.