Not yet willing to let it go


Bill Siksay asked the government about Chuck Cadman this afternoon during QP. Pierre Poilievre was sent up to offer the official “no comment.”

The NDP’s Siksay did discuss the matter afterwards with reporters. Here’s the transcript.

Question: What were you hoping to hear about Mr. Cadman  What do you think of the answer and do you think there will ever be any answer out of these two organizations that have come to an out of court settlement?

Bill Siksay: Given the very serious allegations that came out during the Cadman affair, given that we were talking about allegations of attempting to bribe a Member of Parliament.  Given that there were allegations of altering audio tapes and altering evidence.   Given that the Prime Minister took the absolutely unprecedented step of launching a lawsuit against the official Opposition.  I think Canadians deserve an answer about why this has disappeared from the radar with this secret agreement and I hope the Conservatives and the Liberals will be more forthcoming than we saw today.

Question: How do you get an answer when it’s an out of court settlement and that was one of the conditions, supposedly, of the settlement?

Bill Siksay: Well, I hope they can take some initiative to negotiate something that would allow Canadians to get to the truth of what happened.  I mean, this place went wild with very, very serious allegations.  Probably the most serious kinds of allegations you could raise in this institution.  Now it looks like we’re not going to get answers to it.  I don’t think that’s acceptable to Canadians and I think the Liberals and the Conservatives need to find a way to be more forthcoming on this.


Not yet willing to let it go

  1. Iggy’s moved on letting the mud-raking to the NDP.

    Now if only Iggy can get the rest of his party and the loony tunes at Liblogs to follow suit, a tall order, that.

    • You’re loony.

    • Ladies and gentlemen, I give you today’s respectful and even-handed right.

  2. Mr. Speaker, given that the financing of political parties comes so heavily from the taxpayer, it is obscene that any payment or consideration between two competing parties would remain confidential as part of the legal settlement between the Conservative Party of Canada and the Liberal Party of Canada. My question is addressed to whichever spokesmoron from within this Tory-Grit Coalition drew the short straw to stand up and offer us all a useless “no comment” — Don’t Canadian taxpayers who will ultimately subsidize these shenanigans deserve to know what went down behind closed doors?

    • Beautiful, myl. I especially loved “spokesmoron”

  3. Question from an internet illiterate. How does someone who isn’t a member of the liberal party go about putting pressure on them, as regards getting some answers, or prompt them to start asking questions that Canadians want answered?

    • How does someone who IS a member of the Liberal party do the same? Or Conservative party, because they could answer the question, too.

    • Write your MP, snail-mail. Then send the letter and the completely irrelevant response to the local news-media. Write the leaders of the parties opposing your MP asking them if they can provide a better answer than the one you supplied to the local news media. Begin a petition (on-line or whatever) demanding an answer to the question. Get enough signatures to submit it to your MP with a demand that it be read out in parliament. Contact the local media if your MP refuses. Contact them if your MP does not refuse but crap answers come out and ask why no party wants to discuss these allegations.

      Basically, put your sweat into it and try to generate attention beyond this little cadre here.

      • One could ask all our MPs, no matter what party they are, to have this issue returned to the ethics committee for investigation. They could interview people with first hand knowledge about this. Last time it was blocked by a single vote, Pat Martin. It sounds from what Bill Siksay is saying now, that the NDP position has changed.

        The latest news reports say the Liberals only signed a confidentiality agreement on the lawsuit itself, not on anything else on this case. The case merited investigation before the lawsuit and it still does.

  4. According to the CP, it’s rather convenient Harper dropped this just as he was about to have to try and convince the court that several tonnes of party and personal documents shouldn’t be turned over to the defense…


  5. So – where were the NDP when all this came up in the first place? If they were so concerned why did they keep quiet? Hoping either Cons or Libs would be in trouble for their little saying too much, too little too late – now we’ll attack.

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