PMO spokesman denies corruption allegations -

PMO spokesman denies corruption allegations

Recordings hinting at alleged kickbacks for Soudas over Montreal port appointment posted to YouTube.


Dimitri Soudas, a longtime aide and chief spokesperson to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, denied on Thursday he’d received kickbacks in exchange for his alleged lobbying of Montreal’s Port Authority in 2007, in a bid to to have the agency name Robert Abdallah as its chief executive. Several audio recordings—purportedly conversations between Tony Accurso and Bernard Poulin, both prominent players in Quebec’s construction industry—were posted to YouTube on Thursday morning.

The voice, alleged to be that of Poulin, says he intended to ask Conservative Senator Leo Housakos to bring Soudas onboard with their plans to have Abdallah, a former executive director of the city and employee of Accurso’s, named CEO of the port. They discuss “compensation” for Soudas if he can “deliver something” for them on the appointment process. “What do you see him being able to do, Soudas?” the voice identified as Accurso says. “He’s the boss of Quebec, the real boss of Quebec,” explains the voice identified as Poulin.

Soudas flatly denied the allegations, saying he’d “never” spoken to Acccurso or Poulin about the appointment and was never paid for lobbying on Abdallah’s behalf.

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  1. DOUBLE-TALK LEADER…Stephen Harper.

    BOB & WEAVE LEADER…Stephen Harper.

    FEAR LEADER…Stephen Harper.

    AMERICAN LEADER…Stephen Harper.

    How can any Canadian listen to this guy talk after five years & not feel sick just trying to believe ANYTHING that comes out of his mouth?, let alone listen to um?! LOL! C'MON PEOPLE!.

    • How many times are you going to post this?

      • 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.

  2. Soudas strikes me as a man entirely willing to categorically deny ever having eaten a breakfast in his life, between mouthfuls of his Eggs Benny.

  3. The people hanging around the PMO seem to be swimming in grease. The pollution is overwhelming.

  4. The ugly underbelly of the PMO is again being exposed. When 2 of Harper's Quebec Ministers have to step on and tell the PMO to back off and stop interfering in the Montreal Port Authority selection of a new President something is amiss. The tapes revealed today also paint Soudas as the power in Quebec and Cannon as the little yes boy.. This is not going to set well with Quebec voters especially when Harper stands behind Soudas and claims that what happened wasn't unethical but business as usual.

  5. AG Fraser lambastes Liberals for blowing budget by a billion dollars on registry‏

    AG Fraser lambastes Liberals for blowing budget by a billion dollars on registry. When Canada's auditor general tabled her December 2002 report, she set her sights on Ottawa's controversial gun registry program.
    Sheila Fraser blasted the federal government, run by the Liberals at the time, for exceeding its estimated budget, saying that by the time the smoke cleared and all gun owners and their guns were registered, the program would have cost taxpayers more than $1 billion. Opposition critics were quick to point out that figure is 500 times more than the original $2-million estimate. A look at internal audits conducted by the Canadian Firearms Program suggests the cost of the program has been an issue from the beginning.

    • Ha, trying to change the channel on something this major? Fail.

    • Coming to a province near you

      HST = Harper Sales Tax

      Harper pays the provinces to tax us more…yet, he gives tax breaks (bailouts) to the corporations.

      Bill C-62 (HST Bill) – Sponsored By Jim Flaherty 2009

      Vote Anything But Conservative

      • This is just a silly post. . .

        • Wow, you've run right out of ideas haven't you?

  6. Liberal theft and corruption is well documented, everyone knows that the Liberals stole over $40 million dollars at least and handed it out to their friends in Quebec, there is no disagreement on that, yet the sponsorship scandal or Adscam never generated the media interest that any loosely based allegation against the Conservatives can generate, it's kind of obvious.

    • Yeah!! The liberals did it so why can't the cons?

    • Too bad Harper is not living up to his own high standards that he set after adscam…time to hold him accountable.

      Vote Anything But Conservative.

    • You forgot to insert the word "nefarious" Phil, you're slipping.

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    • This is identical to several other posts you've made on other stories. Quit spamming, you're not winning votes this way.

  8. "Soudas flatly denied the allegations, saying he'd “never” spoken to Acccurso or Poulin about the appointment and was never paid for lobbying on Abdallah's behalf."

    Did he communicate with them, or they with him, by means other than speaking?
    Did he speak to others who might have been in communication with them?
    Did he speak to anyone besides the the Port Authority board on the subject?
    Did he speak to anyone outside of the sworn public and political service about his preferred candidate?
    Was he been promised – or did he have reason to believe he would receive – some reward for this or other efforts after he'd left government?
    Is anyone now opening an investigation to figure out what, if any, benefit these gentlemen expected if their preferred candidate had been selected?

  9. Hmmm, "hinting," alledged," and "You-tube.|"

    Three words that would incline me to take the post with a grain of salt.

  10. @tourist13- "At the end of the day, the NDP are a socialist party and will push for a socialist agenda. No thanks."

    At the end of the day, the Conservatives are a Fascists party and will push for a totalitarian agenda. No thanks!. LOL!.