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Ministers intervened in Harper spokesman’s lobbying

Montreal Port Authority told to ignore “pressure” from Dimitri Soudas


 

The Globe and Mail has revealed that foreign affairs minister Lawrence Cannon and public works minister Michael Fortier both intervened to stop Dimitri Soudas, Stephen Harper’s spokesman, from lobbying the Montreal Port Authority to appoint engineer Robert Abdallah as its president. A former staffer of Fortier’s said the intervention resulted in a tense call from Soudas, who claims he did nothing wrong and simply indicated the Prime Minister’s preference for the next president. But Soudas also told the Commons Operations Committee in 2008 that he had not met with board members on the issue, and that he “did not remember” contacting them. While the federal government does directly appoint the heads of many agencies, the Montreal Port Authority has the sole authority to select its president as outlined in the Canada Marine Act.

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Ministers intervened in Harper spokesman’s lobbying

  1. Hopefully the RCMP looks into this, the Globe article doesn't contain proof of illegal activities but it certainly uncovers enough poor behavior to warrant a warrant.

  2. Hopefully the RCMP looks into this, the Globe article doesn't contain proof of illegal activities but it certainly uncovers enough poor behavior to warrant a warrant.

  3. Harper has now weighed in, he states this sort of illegal process is the norm for his government.

    The usual process was followed in this case, Mr. Harper said. “It%E2%80%99s normal.”

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/harp

    • If by normal he means corrupt ….

    • "Michael Fortier, the minister of public works at the time of the appointment, said his office contacted port officials and urged them to disregard any political pressure.

      “I asked my office to send the message that the Prime Minister did not have a preferred choice and that the selection of a new president was up to the board of directors and its members,” Mr. Fortier said."

      So if Soudas wasn't acting on Harper's behalf, whose behalf was he acting on? And what is he doing serving two masters?

      Something smells fishy; from the sound of things, either he was acting for the PM, or he was using his position in the PMO to wield influence on someone else's behalf – and either way, it reflects poorly on the PMO.

  4. If by normal he means corrupt ….

  5. "Soudas also told the Commons Operations Committee in 2008 that he had not met with board members on the issue, and that he “did not remember” contacting them." Every politician, corporate executive, decision-maker on the public purse who uses this lame excuse (not remembering) should be told their services are no longer wanted/needed since their memory is so bad and their pay scale demands a good memory (not a selective one).

  6. "Soudas also told the Commons Operations Committee in 2008 that he had not met with board members on the issue, and that he “did not remember” contacting them." Every politician, corporate executive, decision-maker on the public purse who uses this lame excuse (not remembering) should be told their services are no longer wanted/needed since their memory is so bad and their pay scale demands a good memory (not a selective one).

  7. The worst thing about this is who Dmitri Soudas is —- Harper's – not the CPC – communications director. His job is to spin for the PM …. Not power, not responsibility, just talk …

    I see, so Dmitri thinks "since I'm part of the PMO's staff I get to influence public appointments"? Tells you much about the mindset of the Langevin Block … Not impressed.

  8. One way and another, Harper's reputation has been diminished during this election.

  9. Damnit.. now I'm torn.

    Chicken Party of Canada or Corrupt Party of Canada?

    • Don't forget Contempt Party of Canada

  10. 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.

    • Yes I have and both were Liberals.
      Jean and Dalton

  11. Conservative ethics: an oxymoron.

  12. Layton Mania !

    Jack won the debates for me, no other leader can touch Jack as an average Joe Canadian you can TRUST.

    I was considering voting Liberal(ABHarperRegime), but when Jack mentioned the Liberal leaders lack of attendance it really hit a nerve for me, as I've always thought to myself that I just cant picture Iggy sitting their in opposition if he looses the leadership?, I think he'll be long gone back to his American home.

    The hardest working MP in Parliament, bar none.

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