Seen, heard and read on the Hill
Seen: looking wistfully (or contemptuously?) down on the gathering media horde in the foyer of the House of Commons, Ralph Klein, former Conservative premier of Alberta.
Klein is a senior fellow at the Fraser Institute, which sent a delegation to Ottawa to hear from parliamentarians on public policy. Jack Layton was scheduled to address them.
"Anyone know who that one is? That's right, Pierre Trudeau. Anyone know what he's famous for? Anyone? Anyone? Multiculturalism, official bilingualism, he sent the country into deficit. He's actually the reason why I became a Conservative," Van Loan said as a gaggle of reporters strolled past. "I used to a be a Liberal."
Read: a press release handed out by a staffer to Immigration Minister Jason Kenny, under fire for suggesting that maybe Canada would reduce the number of immigrants it accepts as a result of the economic downturn.
The release accuses a "Liberal spokesman," MP Jim Karygiannis of "misleading Canadians."
The proof? Right here: "Karygiannis is reported to have agreed with anti-immigrant comments."
The release goes on to quote a Toronto Star article quoting a St. Catharines Standard article that said Karygiannis allegedly "sympathized" with someone who thought "doors were closing to Europeans in favour of 'unproductive people from Jamaica, Pakistan, China and India.'"
The article was dated March 9th, 1990.
"We go way back," the staffer said.
— James Cudmore
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