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Beware the socialist e-mail virus


 

It is now down to this.

The fate of the 40th Parliament hangs on whether this week’s Conservative government announcement on employment insurance reform is enough to win the support of at least one opposition party.

Yet the NDP says an email sent last week to Mr. Giorno by NDP Leader Jack Layton’s chief of staff, Anne McGrath, has so far been ignored. “It is telling. It is their modus operandi,” NDP spokesman Karl Belanger said. “They don’t want to work with other parties and they’re trying to minimize the contact with other parties. That’s been the case with the Prime Minister and his team since they got into power.”

When Mr. Harper and Mr. Layton met face to face in the Prime Minister’s office on Aug. 25, both Ms. McGrath and Mr. Giorno were in the room.

The Prime Minister’s Office has yet to respond to questions about the email today, however Mr. Belanger says Ms. McGrath’s email was an attempt to follow up on issues raised during that Aug. 25 meeting. “During the meeting, they, the Tories were asking questions about some of our proposals,” Mr. Belanger said. “And we said we would follow up. And McGrath did try to follow up last week by sending a note – it was an email – and never heard back.”


 

Beware the socialist e-mail virus

  1. Wow, if I were cynical I might suspect both sides are trying to kill the suspicion of a back room deal.

  2. Perhaps Ms. McGrath should pick up the phone. "They never replied to my email!" seems rather weak.

    • I agree, if I ever said something like "they didn't respond to my email" at work, I'd be exiled to the basement office

      • I freakin' hate it when people don't respond to my e-mails at work, and I remember who these people are. E-mails have a record, and you have time to carefully consider your response and you can support what you're saying with links and documentation. Phones call are ephemeral, time-consuming and more expensive than e-mails.

        No basement office for me – there's a simpler solution that phoning when people don't respond to your e-mails. Follow up with another e-mail asking if they've had a chance to read the first one (with header information helpfully showing how long ago I sent it), cc their boss. It's worked every time for me so far. Then again, I haven't yet had reason to e-mail Mr. Giorno. *knocks wood*

      • I freakin' hate it when people don't respond to my e-mails at work, and I remember who these people are. E-mails have record, and you have time to carefully consider your response and you can support what you're saying with links and documentation. Phones call are ephemeral, time-consuming and more expensive than e-mails.

        No basement office for me – there's a simpler solution that phoning when people don't respond to your e-mails. Follow up with another e-mail asking if they've had a chance to read the first one (with header information helpfully showing how long ago I sent it), cc their boss. It's worked every time for me so far. Then again, I haven't yet had reason to e-mail Mr. Giorno. *knocks wood*

      • I freakin' hate it when people don't respond to my e-mails at work, and I remember who these people are. E-mails have a record, and you have time to carefully consider your response and you can support what you're saying with links and documentation. Phones call are ephemeral, time-consuming and more expensive than e-mails.

        No basement office for me – there's a simpler solution than phoning when people don't respond to e-mails. Follow up with another e-mail asking if they've had a chance to read the first one (with header information helpfully showing how long ago I sent it), cc their boss. It's worked every time for me so far. Then again, I haven't yet had reason to e-mail Mr. Giorno. *knocks wood*

  3. Yah, almost as weak as "I didn't hear about that woman who we turned over to the somalian police until this week" story from Harper…

    • fail

  4. AND CANADA TAKES THE LEAD FOR MOST SURREAL NATIONAL POLITICS!!!! This is a stunning upset during a week when the Americans were battling hard with the heckler's-wife video and the President-calling-Kanye-West-a-jackass tweet, but those plucky Canadians won't stay down! AWESOME!

    • I differ with your ranking. Here is mine:
      1. Harper attacked for his handling of communion wafer… one month later newspaper admits the story is fabricated, apologizes to Harper… one more month later paper apologizes to priest
      2. Obama gets involved in civil dispute in Cambridge, decides to throw a beer party afterwards
      3. Kanye West is a jackass, says Obama
      4. NDP email lost in cyberspace
      5. Joe the loudmouth is a hero, sez his wife

    • 6. Harper's handshake with kids front page news
      7. Liberals go berserk when Dion fails to understand long-winded interview question
      I'm sure there are lots more…

  5. How far away is this from

    Do you like me?

    Check yes or no.

  6. Please know that your e-mail message has been received in the Prime Minister's Office and that your comments have been noted. Our office always welcomes hearing from correspondents and being made aware of their views.

    Thank you for writing.

    Sachez que le Cabinet du Premier ministre a bien reçu votre courriel et que nous avons pris bonne note de vos commentaires. Nous aimons être bien informés de l'opinion des correspondants.

    Je vous remercie d'avoir écrit au Premier ministre.

  7. Last time I felt that scored was when my fiancée didn't poke me back on Facebook.

    • Freudian slip?

  8. Indeed, and too late to edit…

  9. Maybe the server allocated it to the spam folder? Can't imagine why.

    • They must have the Layton filter, it's all the rage, it sends all socialist email into a bottomless pit in cyberspace.

  10. Hard to believe we actually pay these clowns, eh? This is what passes for grand political strategy these days, this teenage playground nonsense, and we wonder why voter turnout keeps dropping every cycle.

  11. Maybe the NDP sends so much hate mail their addresses are marked as spam.

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