Liberals hold secret Tory dossier of Harper quotations

Collection reveals PM’s positions on abortion, private health care


A 500-page binder of controversial quotations by Stephen Harper has found its way into Liberal hands. But the dictionary-sized dossier was compiled by the Conservatives as early as 2003, after being initiated by Harper’s former chief of staff Tom Flanagan, who admitted in his 2007 book, Harper’s Team, that he was aware that some of the Prime Minister’s past comments might hurt him. Many of the quotations show the Harper was more right-wing during his time in opposition than as Prime Minister. One quotation had him boasting about being more pro-life than his fellow evangelical Conservative, Stockwell Day. In another, he suggested “the poor” should be taken care of by the provinces, not the federal government. But what many expect to hurt Harper the most are the comments he has made about health care provision, such as when he said in 2002 that “the private provision of publicly insured services should be permitted.”

The Globe and Mail

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Liberals hold secret Tory dossier of Harper quotations

  1. Damaging, perhaps. But if the quotes are all public, is it really secret?

  2. I've seen that binder and what's in it, and I don't blame the Tories for wanting to keep it under wraps. Here's a sampling:

    "Wayne Gretzky? Two words: Over. Rated."

    "To tell you the truth, I'm sick of Tim Horton's. Can we go to Starbucks next time? I'd kill for a latte."

    "Luke, there is something Obi Wan never told you… I am your father."

    Scary stuff.

  3. So now the Liberals are rooting through the dumpster behind Tory headquarters.

    • No, I'm thinking someone in the con office is leaking stuff. But go ahead and believe what you like if it helps feed your zealous hatred of Liberals.

    • Which is what the CPC deserves if they're leaving documents like that unshredded in the trash.

      More likely, though, is that somebody leaked it. I'm just as interested to know how it got out as I am to know what's in it, maybe more.

    • So THAT's where Harper left everything he believed before 2006!!!

      All this time it was all in a dumpster behind Tory headquarters! That explains a lot. Thank you!

    • This is very important reading and I recommend it to all who think that a Majority Conservative government would not damage our Canadian values.

  4. 500 pages!!!!! thats alot of controversial quotations! One would suspect a few but 500 pages!!!! Go Harper…

  5. Seriously? regardless of stripes, have you ever seen someone so blatantly lie day in & day out straight to your face the way Stephen Harper does?.

    I helped vote this thing into power & am completely blown away ever time I see a clip of his fear mongering campaign each & every day of this campaign, its unbelievable, literally!.

    I've voted Conservative, PC, NDP & Liberal over my years so please don't assume I'm just an ABC person, I'm not. but this guy is by far the lowest of the low I've ever seen, straight out of the American playbook of say anything to scare people into following you, regardless of TRUTH & HONOR.

    I find it just sickening as a proud Canadian.

  6. Anything about hockey in there? A couple of pages roughed out? Anything at all?

    • Best laugh today, on a day filled with things to laugh sardonically at.

  7. The Liberals should actually read them, they might learn something.

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