What we’re talking about when we talk about document disclosure

by Aaron Wherry

The government side has made a point this week of explaining that it has shared information with Elections Canada. The Conservatives have thus challenged the opposition parties to do likewise.

During a panel discussion on the CBC yesterday, Dean Del Mastro was asked to clarify which documents the Conservative party had turned over. He indicated that the party has provided Elections Canada with those documents that Elections Canada has requested.

Rosemary Barton. Dean Del Mastro, I just wanted to ask you about a speech that you gave inside the House earlier today. You said that the opposition parties should turn over their phone records to Elections Canada and then you said that the Conservative party already has. So I just want to be clear, what documents you have turned over.

Mr. Del Mastro. Well, we’ve made it clear that we’re fully assisting Elections Canada in the investigation they’ve undertaken in Guelph. So we’ve provided them any information they’ve requested in that regard, but the opposition parties have not, Rosie. In this case, we believe that they should.

Rosemary Barton. So you’ve just turned over documents in relation to Guelph, nothing else?

Mr. Del Mastro. Well, that’s what’s been requested, so, you know, we’re fully transparent…

Rosemary Barton. … So you would not proactively disclose all documents to Elections Canada. Anything to do with automated or live calls, to say you want to be transparent, here you go. You’re not going to do that?

Mr. Del Mastro. Well, in fact, we’ve provided transparency that the other parties have not…

According to a spokeswoman for the NDP, Elections Canada has not requested any documents from the NDP. Similarly, a spokeswoman for the Liberals says Elections Canada has made no such request of the Liberals.




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What we’re talking about when we talk about document disclosure

  1. Yup, trying to limit the damage to Guelph….the riding has now become the Con’s sacrificial lamb.

  2. Imagine how much contempt Del Mastro feels for the people who vote for him, I mean the ones who listen to his schlok and cheer him on.  (I mean that generally, this particular comment is just low average for him).

  3. While she looks like butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth, Rosemary Barton is one of the toughest and most tenacious TV questioners and much moreso than Solomon, Martin, or even Craig Oliver.  If he wants to be a trained seal and bleat out his talking points, then make him work for it; make him (and his bleating supporters) squirm. 

  4. “I always say the truth is best even when we find it unpleasant. Any rat in a sewer can lie. It’s how rats are. It’s what makes them rats. But a human doesn’t run and hide in dark places, because he’s something more. Lying is the most personal act of cowardice there is.” ― Nancy Farmer

    • “Nancy Farmer is a liar” - D. Del Mastro

      • I think the actual quote was “Let me be clear on that, Nancy Farmer is a liar” -D. Del Mastro

  5. Rosie Barton 3 big D zip.

    Someone should ask EC if they’ve even requested anything from the Tories at all? DD’s word being so reLieable an all.

    As for full disclosurer from any party – the most fun would be if they each checked each other’s books. That would be a hoot!

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