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NDP calls for resignation of immigration minister

Jason Kenney’s fundraising letter lands him in hot water with the opposition


 

Federal Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is coming under fire from the NDP after they were accidentally sent a fundraising letter addressed to Conservative MPs detailing a media strategy that would target ethnic communities. The letter, which Kenney’s office likely intended for Conservative MP John Duncan but accidentally sent to NDP MP Linda Duncan, asked MPs to raise funds for an ad campaign that would bolster Tory support among South Asian and Chinese communities in the GTA. The media plan, entitled “Breaking Through: Building the Conservative Brand,” outlined data showing voting patterns among South Asian and Chinese communities, has statements like “If GTA South Asians were to form a city, it would be the third largest city in the country,” and asks Conservative ridings to raise $200,000 for the strategy. The employee who sent the letter has resigned and Kenney has apologized, but the NDP is calling for him to resign for abusing his privileges as an MP by conducting partisan fundraising.

CBC News


 
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NDP calls for resignation of immigration minister

  1. The ndp, nothing but a freaking joke.

  2. The ndp, nothing but a freaking joke.

    • I know. How dare they ask someone to take responsibility for his actions.

    • Come back when you've got something useful to contribute to the discussion…better yet, don't bother.

    • Guess seeking votes by race works for you David? Hmm I think you are funny!

  3. I know. How dare they ask someone to take responsibility for his actions.

  4. Come back when you've got something useful to contribute to the discussion…better yet, don't bother.

  5. Maybe NDP MP Linda Duncan should have deleted the email "without further review or distribution" , since she was not the intended recipient. In any event, I'm sure that other political parties have similar strategies. I guess it's been slow going lately for the NDP to get news coverage.

  6. Maybe NDP MP Linda Duncan should have deleted the email "without further review or distribution" , since she was not the intended recipient. In any event, I'm sure that other political parties have similar strategies. I guess it's been slow going lately for the NDP to get news coverage.

    • "I'm sure that other political parties have similar strategies"

      Maybe, but the Conservatives don't. The details of a secret NDP conference call were mistakenly sent to Tory MP Jim Duncan a couple of years ago, and he didn't think twice about listening in on that call.

      • Yeah, but that's different, 'cause he's, like, not a commie.

  7. "I'm sure that other political parties have similar strategies"

    Maybe, but the Conservatives don't. The details of a secret NDP conference call were mistakenly sent to Tory MP Jim Duncan a couple of years ago, and he didn't think twice about listening in on that call.

  8. This is getting beyond stupid.

    NDP MP Pat Martin told the daily Question Period Friday that Mr. Najatian didn't get fired for an ethical breech, he got fired “because he was dumb enough to get caught. It's the minister whose head should roll for breaking faith with the Canadian people.”

    “… They can't pass this off on some overzealous flunky. The buck stops with the guy whose head is on the masthead.”

    Mr. Baird replied that Mr. Kenney had done the right thing by accepting Mr. Najatian's resignation and challenged the New Democrats to live up to the same standard.

    He presented to the House an e-mail from a staff member in Ms. Duncan's office that urged supporters to help their NDP candidates get ready for an upcoming election. For details on how to work on the campaign, the staff member offered her parliamentary e-mail.

    “The Immigration Minister has done the right thing,” Mr. Baird said, “will the NDP member for Edmonton-Strathcona follow?”
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/otta

  9. This is getting beyond stupid.

    NDP MP Pat Martin told the daily Question Period Friday that Mr. Najatian didn't get fired for an ethical breech, he got fired “because he was dumb enough to get caught. It's the minister whose head should roll for breaking faith with the Canadian people.”

    “… They can't pass this off on some overzealous flunky. The buck stops with the guy whose head is on the masthead.”

    Mr. Baird replied that Mr. Kenney had done the right thing by accepting Mr. Najatian's resignation and challenged the New Democrats to live up to the same standard.

    He presented to the House an e-mail from a staff member in Ms. Duncan's office that urged supporters to help their NDP candidates get ready for an upcoming election. For details on how to work on the campaign, the staff member offered her parliamentary e-mail.

    “The Immigration Minister has done the right thing,” Mr. Baird said, “will the NDP member for Edmonton-Strathcona follow?”
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/otta

    • 1) The Immigration Minister has NOT "done the right thing"; the right thing would be to accept responsibility for misuse of privilege and resign his post. You do NOT have government employees carrying out political fundraising on the taxpayers' dime; you do NOT use government stationery or other resources to do so.

      2) Baird does have a point re Linda Duncan, though; it's a bit of the pot calling the kettle black.

  10. Staffer quits seems to me there was a blow hard MP disrupting a committee hearing about staffers and how they as Ministers do all the talking and do all the walking.

    Time to put on the walking boots Kenney my friend.

  11. Staffer quits seems to me there was a blow hard MP disrupting a committee hearing about staffers and how they as Ministers do all the talking and do all the walking.

    Time to put on the walking boots Kenney my friend.

  12. 1) The Immigration Minister has NOT "done the right thing"; the right thing would be to accept responsibility for misuse of privilege and resign his post. You do NOT have government employees carrying out political fundraising on the taxpayers' dime; you do NOT use government stationery or other resources to do so.

    2) Baird does have a point re Linda Duncan, though; it's a bit of the pot calling the kettle black.

  13. Let's see… Helena Guergis' husband allegedly does something similar and Guergis gets turfed from the Conservative caucus.

    Maxime Bernier leaves secret documents lying around and has to leave the cabinet for a while.

    So far, Kenney just has to accept the resignation of an assistant.

    I guess the level of consequence for a mis-step depends on how friendly one is with (how much dirt one has on?) the PM.

    Really; Kenney ought o at least lose his cabinet post over this one; anything less is an insult to parliament and to Canadians generally.

  14. Let's see… Helena Guergis' husband allegedly does something similar and Guergis gets turfed from the Conservative caucus.

    Maxime Bernier leaves secret documents lying around and has to leave the cabinet for a while.

    So far, Kenney just has to accept the resignation of an assistant.

    I guess the level of consequence for a mis-step depends on how friendly one is with (how much dirt one has on?) the PM.

    Really; Kenney ought o at least lose his cabinet post over this one; anything less is an insult to parliament and to Canadians generally.

  15. Yeah, but that's different, 'cause he's, like, not a commie.

  16. The staffer who resigned… where they an employee of the Conservative Party or an employee of the minister's office? Is that a distinction that is made regarding fundraising anymore?

  17. The staffer who resigned… where they an employee of the Conservative Party or an employee of the minister's office? Is that a distinction that is made regarding fundraising anymore?

  18. Far too many tempests in teapots, and this is what's throwing parliament into disrepute – the sheer little league grasping at straws by the Opposition. But to be kind, desperation does addle brains. I am afraid the Liberals/NDP are going to have to break down and reveal some of their closely guarded policies they have been keeping under wraps pending the next election. (Does this scan?)

  19. Far too many tempests in teapots, and this is what's throwing parliament into disrepute – the sheer little league grasping at straws by the Opposition. But to be kind, desperation does addle brains. I am afraid the Liberals/NDP are going to have to break down and reveal some of their closely guarded policies they have been keeping under wraps pending the next election. (Does this scan?)

    • That's really funny, since on the Liberal website there is a tab called Ideas and issues, and to the right are about ten or twelve different sections such as the environment, democracy, the economy, etc.. Clicking on each one will pull up two or three ideas on the subject.

      On the Conservative website there is a tab called Policy. Clicking on it, you discover that Dion proposes a tax on everything and that the Conservatives will continue to present a balanced budget.

      I looked at both websites this morning, March 5, 2011.

  20. Tory tactics 101: How to deal with a controversy/scandal:
    (1) Deny that there is a controversy. Keep denying it until this is no longer tenable, then deny some more.
    (2) Flood Tory blogs with as many different counter-attacks as possible. Don't worry how ridiculous these may be – their sheer number will force opponents to try to parry all of them, blunting their efforts to build momentum on the issue.
    (3) At the same time, insist that "real Canadians" don't care about the issue. Argue that the average voter is too stupid to be able to hold more than one thought in their head, and that the only thought they do have is that they are happy about the economy, ergo no other problems can possibly exist in Canada (except of course the rampant, apocalyptic crime wave that is threatening the nation).
    (4) If this doesn't work, say the other guys did it too. Drag up Ad-Scam and the Super Scary December 2008 coalition as "proof" that the only party fit to govern is the CPC – all the others are thieves, traitors, Maoists or worse. No blow is too low – attack not merely the patriotism but the claim on citizenship of the leader of the opposition.
    (5) While unleashing Baird as the angry face of the government (which the partisans love), have Tony Clement tweet some stuff to journalists about how he really likes the Foo Fighters and what movie he's gonna watch this weekend. They love this stuff and inevitably soften their tone.
    (6) Meanwhile, send Jason Kenney out to 50 "ethnic" events every weekend, where after mangling their traditional greetings he can go on to whisper how the atheistic socialist Liberal-NDP coalition will force their daughters to have premarital sex and abortions while their sons will have to gay marry. Only the Conservatives will protect their traditional values. He can also assure them that whatever they've been reading about tough immigration laws is just more lies from the liberal media – the door is still open for their relatives. (Between events he can use his spiffy new iPad to work on his next op-ed condemning the functioning of the justice system and how it favours immigrants, balancing his message expertly to reassure the anti-immigrant Reform base).
    (7) While Kenney does this, Vic Toews or Julian Fantino can give a speech to retired policemen or CF officers about the clear and present danger of jihadism in this country, making snide references to the "open door" immigration policies of the Liberals as the ultimate source of all troubles. Make sure to take lots of photos of them standing with white guys in uniforms!
    (8) Finally, PMO hacks can come up with yet another distracting idiocy on a par with the "Harper's Government" thing. These sorts of honeypots enrage journalists and thinking people, who waste precious column and blog inches writing about something that while very important will be of no interest to about 99 percent of the country.
    (9) If all else fails: prorogue.

  21. Damn how did you get hold of that memo?
    You should have deleted it without reading it.

  22. Damn how did you get hold of that memo?
    You should have deleted it without reading it.

  23. How dare Kenney and the Cons have a strategy for the upcoming election the Liberal/Separatists are about to force. When will the Cons learn that the "ethnic communities" are strictly for the Liberals and NDP to target. Trudeau didn't invent multi cult to benefit the Cons! Pat ("lying his ass off") Martin is the greatest parliamentarian that has ever lived and he's not the kind of guy thats used to hyperbole and over the top slandering, hysterical duplicity, and outrageous hypocrisy!

  24. How dare Kenney and the Cons have a strategy for the upcoming election the Liberal/Separatists are about to force. When will the Cons learn that the "ethnic communities" are strictly for the Liberals and NDP to target. Trudeau didn't invent multi cult to benefit the Cons! Pat ("lying his ass off") Martin is the greatest parliamentarian that has ever lived and he's not the kind of guy thats used to hyperbole and over the top slandering, hysterical duplicity, and outrageous hypocrisy!

    • I think you don't really love Trudeau.

  25. The keystone cops continue with their ineptitudes, and John Baird with his ventriloquist believe all screwups can be absolved with a feigned apology from a phony government.

    Oda and Kenny out the door, bring on the election to flush the rest.

  26. The keystone cops continue with their ineptitudes, and John Baird with his ventriloquist believe all screwups can be absolved with a feigned apology from a phony government.

    Oda and Kenny out the door, bring on the election to flush the rest.

  27. I think you don't really love Trudeau.

  28. That's it!

    Instead of having to face the electorate and letting them decide (which will apparently end in the NDP getting demolished in the election),

    they can just "force out" the CPC MP's.

    How typical for the authoritarian leaning left.

  29. That's it!

    Instead of having to face the electorate and letting them decide (which will apparently end in the NDP getting demolished in the election),

    they can just "force out" the CPC MP's.

    How typical for the authoritarian leaning left.

    • Chet really?
      How do you explain the difference between right and wrong to your kids? Lieing is okay if you are a tory, but telling the truth is wrong if you disagree with Stevie boy.
      The dissonance that rattles around your skull must make even you nauseous.

  30. Hilarious! another non-scandal SCANDAL!!!

    The Flopposition and media are a joke.

  31. Hilarious! another non-scandal SCANDAL!!!

    The Flopposition and media are a joke.

    • Insanity is defined as repeating the same thing and expecting a different result. This appears to be the left's only recourse. "Scandal!"… no response… "Scandal!"… no response… "Scandal!"… no response…

      To be fair though, does anyone reasonably expect anyone to actually run on liberal policies? Even in The Star, Rick Salutin essentially admits that there is no moral reason for unions to act anymore.

  32. Insanity is defined as repeating the same thing and expecting a different result. This appears to be the left's only recourse. "Scandal!"… no response… "Scandal!"… no response… "Scandal!"… no response…

    To be fair though, does anyone reasonably expect anyone to actually run on liberal policies? Even in The Star, Rick Salutin essentially admits that there is no moral reason for unions to act anymore.

  33. Chet really?
    How do you explain the difference between right and wrong to your kids? Lieing is okay if you are a tory, but telling the truth is wrong if you disagree with Stevie boy.
    The dissonance that rattles around your skull must make even you nauseous.

  34. Meanwhile David Aiken likens the conservatives spending their own money,

    to Adscam,

    where FORTY MILLION DOLLARS of taxpayer funds were stolen and diverted to Liberal coffers.

    The left leaning media's desire to oust the "incorrect" party goes on unabated. As does their falling credibility with these ridiculous equivalences.

    As for the media's desire to actually know who still has those funds – stolen funds – still in their possession and unreturned (possession of proceeds of crime being a continuing offence)?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQFEY9RIRJA

  35. Meanwhile David Aiken likens the conservatives spending their own money,

    to Adscam,

    where FORTY MILLION DOLLARS of taxpayer funds were stolen and diverted to Liberal coffers.

    The left leaning media's desire to oust the "incorrect" party goes on unabated. As does their falling credibility with these ridiculous equivalences.

    As for the media's desire to actually know who still has those funds – stolen funds – still in their possession and unreturned (possession of proceeds of crime being a continuing offence)?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQFEY9RIRJA

    • Akin's QMI / Sun Media is "left leaning"?! what a maroon!

      And submitting phony invoices for ineligible, over-spent-on ADS in an In-and-Out scheme to get nearly $800,000 of rebates they shouldn't be entitled to from taxpayers IS an Ad-Scam.

  36. Akin's QMI / Sun Media is "left leaning"?! what a maroon!

    And submitting phony invoices for ineligible, over-spent-on ADS in an In-and-Out scheme to get nearly $800,000 of rebates they shouldn't be entitled to from taxpayers IS an Ad-Scam.

  37. One allegation against Helena Guergis and Rahim Jaffer was that the former allowed the latter, her husband and an ex-MP, to in fact use the resources of her departmental offices to further his business ambitions in the "green" energy field. Well, the lady is no longer in the CPC caucus, but sits as an independent. Meanwhile, we know Jason Kenney used his departmental resources to further the electoral ambitions of the Conservative Party. If Guergis had to leave the CPC caucus, it follows Kenney should, at the very least, give up his position in cabinet and be banished to the back benches.

  38. One allegation against Helena Guergis and Rahim Jaffer was that the former allowed the latter, her husband and an ex-MP, to in fact use the resources of her departmental offices to further his business ambitions in the "green" energy field. Well, the lady is no longer in the CPC caucus, but sits as an independent. Meanwhile, we know Jason Kenney used his departmental resources to further the electoral ambitions of the Conservative Party. If Guergis had to leave the CPC caucus, it follows Kenney should, at the very least, give up his position in cabinet and be banished to the back benches.

    • You don't seem to understand. Using the resources of Canada and the Canadian government to support the CPC is fine, regardless of what the law might say.

      Using those resources to support yourself, however, is wrong if you're caught at it.

      • It's the "Harper Government" now…didn't you get the memo

  39. Guess seeking votes by race works for you David? Hmm I think you are funny!

  40. That's really funny, since on the Liberal website there is a tab called Ideas and issues, and to the right are about ten or twelve different sections such as the environment, democracy, the economy, etc.. Clicking on each one will pull up two or three ideas on the subject.

    On the Conservative website there is a tab called Policy. Clicking on it, you discover that Dion proposes a tax on everything and that the Conservatives will continue to present a balanced budget.

    I looked at both websites this morning, March 5, 2011.

  41. You don't seem to understand. Using the resources of Canada and the Canadian government to support the CPC is fine, regardless of what the law might say.

    Using those resources to support yourself, however, is wrong if you're caught at it.

  42. What is comical is the stupidity of Layton, but I think that is a necessary qualification for politicians, stupidity and bilingualism. This was studied and a link was found. But the point is, every hangnail layton gets, the whole World has to know. First prostrate cancer, now crumbling knee! Here is the hoot! All caused by a sexual transmitted virus!! lol
    Don worry, its all documented. Along with 50% of prostrate operation were unnecessary!

  43. What is comical is the stupidity of Layton, but I think that is a necessary qualification for politicians, stupidity and bilingualism. This was studied and a link was found. But the point is, every hangnail layton gets, the whole World has to know. First prostrate cancer, now crumbling knee! Here is the hoot! All caused by a sexual transmitted virus!! lol
    Don worry, its all documented. Along with 50% of prostrate operation were unnecessary!

  44. In their zeal to curry favour with minority voters, Stephen Harper's Conservatives are known to have sent New Year's greeting cards to persons it was assumed might be, say, Jewish, Chinese or of some other targeted religion or ethnicity; at times, to the annoyance and even distress of the recipients. Such zeal apparently moved an aide in the Immigration Minister Jason Kenny's office to cross a line by using departmental letterhead on stationery to suggest more recent overtures have the imprimatur of the government itself. Soon, opposition members in Parliament will calling on the minister to resign. No doubt, he has already received a memo from the PMO reminding him to avoid being photographed in an outdoor setting and seen brooding behind a pair of dark shades whilst ruefully puffing on a cigarette.

  45. In their zeal to curry favour with minority voters, Stephen Harper's Conservatives are known to have sent New Year's greeting cards to persons it was assumed might be, say, Jewish, Chinese or of some other targeted religion or ethnicity; at times, to the annoyance and even distress of the recipients. Such zeal apparently moved an aide in the Immigration Minister Jason Kenny's office to cross a line by using departmental letterhead on stationery to suggest more recent overtures have the imprimatur of the government itself. Soon, opposition members in Parliament will calling on the minister to resign. No doubt, he has already received a memo from the PMO reminding him to avoid being photographed in an outdoor setting and seen brooding behind a pair of dark shades whilst ruefully puffing on a cigarette.

  46. Jewish, Chinese or of some other targeted religion or ethnicity; who are that easily offended, need an education.

  47. Jewish, Chinese or of some other targeted religion or ethnicity; who are that easily offended, need an education.

  48. The "ethnics" are there to vote for the Liberals and NDP! That's why Trudeau, the greatest man who ever lived, invented it. Cons better back off from the ethnics, those ghettos were invented for Liberal advantage, not Cons! Bravo to our Liberal party media for helping to create and manufacture "crisis", even when there isn't one. The only way we can get the Liberal/Separatist party back to power is to play up the manufactured narrative that the Cons behaviour is just as criminal as us Liberals were. If the Liberal media can just keep up the hysteria and dishonesty than we can stop "Harper" from getting a majority and we Liberals and Separatists can seize power after we lose the next election. I just hope the Liberal war room has got some new mud to sling, true or not, and let the media run with it. If we Liberals, Separatists and our media are going to get back to power, we have to resort to the ugliest lies, feces throwing innuendo and sleaze that we can muster. Nobody out sleazes us Liberals and our media, and nobody tries to take away our ethnics, those tribes are ours!!

  49. The "ethnics" are there to vote for the Liberals and NDP! That's why Trudeau, the greatest man who ever lived, invented it. Cons better back off from the ethnics, those ghettos were invented for Liberal advantage, not Cons! Bravo to our Liberal party media for helping to create and manufacture "crisis", even when there isn't one. The only way we can get the Liberal/Separatist party back to power is to play up the manufactured narrative that the Cons behaviour is just as criminal as us Liberals were. If the Liberal media can just keep up the hysteria and dishonesty than we can stop "Harper" from getting a majority and we Liberals and Separatists can seize power after we lose the next election. I just hope the Liberal war room has got some new mud to sling, true or not, and let the media run with it. If we Liberals, Separatists and our media are going to get back to power, we have to resort to the ugliest lies, feces throwing innuendo and sleaze that we can muster. Nobody out sleazes us Liberals and our media, and nobody tries to take away our ethnics, those tribes are ours!!

  50. Harper and his gang have little regard for Canadians or Democracy. They bend, stretch or break every rule and never take responsibility when they get caught and some political hack falls on his or her sword to serve their unbridled political goals. While some of Harper's more ardent supporters rail on about the failure of multiculturalism he and his cronies are busy courting ethnic votes and practicing the politics of division. A unified Canada is apparently of little interest to them.

  51. Harper and his gang have little regard for Canadians or Democracy. They bend, stretch or break every rule and never take responsibility when they get caught and some political hack falls on his or her sword to serve their unbridled political goals. While some of Harper's more ardent supporters rail on about the failure of multiculturalism he and his cronies are busy courting ethnic votes and practicing the politics of division. A unified Canada is apparently of little interest to them.

  52. " A unified Canada is apparently of little interest to them." lol

    Thats a liberal joke , right son? Well the yokes on you. One thing i can assure you of is NEVER a unified Kanada! Like WHAT other Country unified, with french in it? Belgium? Uganda? Maybe Germany-France in 1942! lol

  53. " A unified Canada is apparently of little interest to them." lol

    Thats a liberal joke , right son? Well the yokes on you. One thing i can assure you of is NEVER a unified Kanada! Like WHAT other Country unified, with french in it? Belgium? Uganda? Maybe Germany-France in 1942! lol

  54. It's the "Harper Government" now…didn't you get the memo

  55. Another non-scandal scandal. NDP and Liberals are trying desperatelly to get some political grip.
    The biggest real scandels were always created in the past by libtards: e-Health system con, Green Enery Act con,
    Smart Meters con, Eco Tax con, etc…..
    forget about sialmic extremists. Libtards and NDP hate Canada much more that any muslim terrorist…

  56. Another non-scandal scandal. NDP and Liberals are trying desperatelly to get some political grip.
    The biggest real scandels were always created in the past by libtards: e-Health system con, Green Enery Act con,
    Smart Meters con, Eco Tax con, etc…..
    forget about sialmic extremists. Libtards and NDP hate Canada much more that any muslim terrorist…

  57. this staffers a lawyer from new york. is he a canadian? or american?
    if hes american is this what the top person from CISIS was going on about

  58. this staffers a lawyer from new york. is he a canadian? or american?
    if hes american is this what the top person from CISIS was going on about

  59. this regime is in constant election mode and the only interests they have are selve interests. Why are people always so surprised when they find something out like this that falls through the cracks and its called the TRUTH. This isn t the first time they send a letter to the wrong duncun. They re stupid.

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