NDP expose Conservative "ethnic riding" strategy in letter mistakenly sent to Linda Duncan

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NDP expose Conservative "ethnic riding" strategy in letter mistakenly sent to Linda Duncan

"There are lots of ethnic voters," say the documents, which were sent with the letter. "They live where we need to win."

The documents contain data showing voting patterns among Chinese and South Asian communities and the strategy says the party needs to more positively brand itself among those populations.

The Tory campaign strategy came to light Thursday when a letter written on the minister's parliamentary letterhead, was mistakenly sent to NDP MP Linda Duncan. It was more likely intended for Conservative MP John Duncan.

 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/03/03/pol-kenney-letter.html

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

They're all over this on CBC's P&P. And the package was delivered by two people by hand! Laughing

edmundoconnor

Lens Solution wrote:

The Tory campaign strategy came to light Thursday when a letter written on the minister's parliamentary letterhead, was mistakenly sent to NDP MP Linda Duncan. It was more likely intended for Conservative MP John Duncan.

Really, why does the opposition even have to bother with punchlines when we're served up such beauties as this?

Aristotleded24

First the coalition fiasco, now this.

You'd think the parties could at least get their "Duncans" correct. We never heard about this kind of thing happening between Paul Martin, Pat Martin, Tony Martin, and Keith Martin.

Pogo Pogo's picture

Turnaround is fair play I guess.  Wasn't it John Duncan who was given Linda Duncan's password for an online discussion.  Of course there is a different levels of morality in opening a letter addressed to you and going onto an NDP discussion group just because you have the password.

milo204

i love how when a prominent politician makes a "mistake", as kenney claimed this was, it's shrug it off, give them a break, nothing to see here and move on.

same with every time the cons get busted for anything.  But when the shoe is on the other foot it's call for their head, you gotta resign etc.

Brings to the forefront how hypocritical politicians are.  it'd be nice if the majority of people payed attention.  i read today a pretty large percentage of canadians thought bev oda was the dictator in tunisia.  this is really pathetic. 

Lens Solution

Aristotleded24 wrote:

First the coalition fiasco, now this.

You'd think the parties could at least get their "Duncans" correct. We never heard about this kind of thing happening between Paul Martin, Pat Martin, Tony Martin, and Keith Martin.

I thought the Cons had just sent the e-mail to the wrong Duncan on the Parliamentary server list, but it turns out they actually addressed the letter itself to Linda Duncan!  That's a pretty big mixup.  How can they not know the difference?

Here is the 29 page document with the ethnic profile/riding breakdowns etc:

 

2011-03-03 Breaking Through -Building the Conservative Brand in Cultural Communities

NorthReport

This may be a bit more serious than 1st thought.
Collecte de fonds: le ministre Kenney aurait enfreint les règles

 

Le ministre fédéral de l'Immigration est accusé d'avoir enfreint des règles parlementaires pour s'être servi de son papier à lettres de député pour collecter des fonds pour le Parti conservateur.

Le Nouveau Parti démocratique (NPD) soutient que le bureau de Jason Kenney a envoyé par erreur une lettre à une députée néo-démocrate, Linda Duncan, pour demander un appui financier à une campagne visant un rapprochement avec des communautés ethniques.

 

 

 

 http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/201103/03/01-4375863-collecte-de-fonds-le-ministre-kenney-aurait-enfreint-les-regles.php?utm_categorieinterne=trafficdrivers&utm_contenuinterne=cyberpresse_B4_manchettes_231_accueil_POS1

edmundoconnor

Lens Solution wrote:

 

I thought the Cons had just sent the e-mail to the wrong Duncan on the Parliamentary server list, but it turns out they actually addressed the letter itself to Linda Duncan!  That's a pretty big mixup.  How can they not know the difference?

Simple. They saw it was an Alberta MP, and automatically assumed it was a Tory MP. Easy mistake to make Tongue out

NorthReport

Someone in Kenney's entourage has already resigned - but where is his ministerial responsibility for this major fuck-up? The buck stops here on your desk Jason!!!

NorthReport

Here are the targeted 10 ridings

 

The 10 targeted ridings in the package are: Mount Royal in Quebec; Bramalea-Gore-Malton, Brampton-Springdale, Eglinton-Lawrence, Richmond Hill and York Centre in Ontario; Elmwood in Manitoba; Newton-North Delta, Burnaby-Douglas and Vancouver South in British Columbia.

Read more: http://www.canada.com/news/Jason+Kenney+apologizes+staffer+quits+over+fundraising+letter/4380193/story.html#ixzz1FbAf2R00

ottawaobserver

It's Elmwood-Transcona.

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

Meanwhile, Tories rebrand 'Government of Canada' as 'Harper Government'

 

It's official: Stephen Harper rules.

And lest anyone forgets, a directive went out to public servants late last year that "Government of Canada" in federal communications should be replaced by "Harper Government."

Public servants from four different line departments told The Canadian Press the instruction came from "the Centre" - meaning the Prime Minister's Office and the Privy Council Office that serves the Prime Minister.

 

None would speak on the record for fear of retribution. It's a well-grounded concern given the treatment of a senior government scientist who was fired in 2006 after rebelling against a directive to use "Canada's new government" in government communications.

Sean in Ottawa

Unbelievable. If Canadians find this ok well, the next election is over isn't it?

It seems people have no concepton of how important these things are or how effective.

This is also a minority government-- but it is branding itself like a dictatorship

Sean in Ottawa

I sure hope Chinese and South Asians see this for what it is and help defeat this pack of thugs

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

If Harper is rebranding the government, then how do we now refer to our Dear Leader?   His Majestic Majesty?  Our Lord and Saviour?   The Lion King?   The Emperor of The True North Strong and Free?   The Ruler Of All He Surveys?   Emperor Of The Universe?  Fearless Leader?  Girth Vader?   Laughing

 

 

 

ETA: Maybe babble/rabble should have a contest to name the ex-Prime Minister in his new capacity as Dear Leader? I've made some suggestions above...

bekayne

Lens Solution wrote:

Aristotleded24 wrote:

First the coalition fiasco, now this.

You'd think the parties could at least get their "Duncans" correct. We never heard about this kind of thing happening between Paul Martin, Pat Martin, Tony Martin, and Keith Martin.

I thought the Cons had just sent the e-mail to the wrong Duncan on the Parliamentary server list, but it turns out they actually addressed the letter itself to Linda Duncan!  That's a pretty big mixup.  How can they not know the difference?

Here is the 29 page document with the ethnic profile/riding breakdowns etc:

 

2011-03-03 Breaking Through -Building the Conservative Brand in Cultural Communities

From the document:

Lens Solution

Is this allowed?  Has it ever happened in Canadian history before that the Government of Canada has to be referred to by the name of the Prime Minister?  I don't remember it happening before.

peterjcassidy peterjcassidy's picture

I think this is the guy working for the Immigration Minister,  who improperly used taxpayers money to influence an election by a campaing appealing to "ethnic" people,many of whom presumably were  not born in Canada.

http://www.dennis.ca/weblog/2004/07/15/kasra-nejatian-vs-michael-moore/

 

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Kasra Nejatian -- Queen's University student and president of an organization called "Campus Conservatives", has decided to file a complaint with Elections Canada. Given Nejatian's remarkable distaste for all-things Liberal, I would have expected the complaint to directly implicate Paul Martin or Dalton McGuinty (I may have signed-on for something like that...) Instead, Nejatian is pulling a clich� conservative stunt by focusing his frustrations on Michael Moore.

Nejatian contends that Michael Moore knowingly attempted to interfere with and influence a Canadian election in violation of The Canada Elections Act, Section 331:

No person who does not reside in Canada shall, during an election period, in any way induce electors to vote or refrain from voting or vote or refrain from voting for a particular candidate unless the person is

(a) a Canadian citizen; or
(b) a permanent resident within the meaning of subsection 2(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

Further, a recent article published at anti-liberal website canadafreepress.com reveals the following about Nejatian's motives:

"While he doesn't expect Pooh-Bah Moore to spend a single night in the slammer, he is anticipating that such a charge would all but bar the Michigan-native film maker from ever entering Canada again, a point he sees as a bonus as bright as any star ... There's no excuse for a foreign socialist millionaire to show up in our country and try to spread his propaganda."

NorthReport

It would be so sweet to bring this sucker down.  Come on Jack get better soon.  We need ya!Smile
Jason Kenney: Minister of the Crown or party operative?

 

The affair raises troubling questions about whether Mr. Kenney is misusing the resources of the federal government for partisan purposes.

All this because the latest addition to Mr. Kenney's office didn't know the rules.

Kasra Nejatian is a young Canadian of Iranian descent, a lawyer who as a university student in 2004 tried to have left-wing U.S. filmmaker Michael Moore charged under the Elections Canada Act for telling Canadians not to vote for Stephen Harper.

In January, Mr. Nejatian joined Mr. Kenney's office as director of multicultural affairs. As a ministerial aide, he is exempt from the strict rules of non-partisanship other public servants must live by.

All ministerial staffers, especially those in Mr. Kenney's office, work for their party's interests as well as those of their minister. In an atmosphere of perpetual campaigning made even more intense by years of minority government, Mr. Kenney's aides are as much campaign staffers as policy advisors.

Mr. Nejatian's job positioned him perfectly to accumulate intelligence on immigrant groups for the Conservatives as he listened to the cultural and economic concerns of new Canadians.

Nonetheless, political staffers in ministers' offices are prohibited from using departmental resources to engage directly in party activities, and any work they do for the party must be on their own time.

Mr. Nejatian broke several rules when he used Mr. Kenney's MP's office letterhead for an appeal to Conservative MPs to raise $200,000 for an ad blitz in opposition-held ridings with large ethnic communities.

And he compounded his error by sending the whole package, including a detailed presentation on how the Conservatives would woo immigrant Canadians, to NDP MP Linda Duncan, when no doubt he intended it for Conservative MP John Duncan.

In doing so, Conservatives quietly seethe, Mr. Nejatian inadvertently handed opposition parties invaluable information about the party's election advertising outreach plans for new Canadians.

The particulars include target ridings, sample scripts, the TV stations where ads would be placed and even the programming - such as cricket matches or news - where the Tories intend to deploy ads.

The opposition protested conflict of interest, and Mr. Kenney fired Mr. Nejatian and apologized. But the incident highlights the absolute centrality of immigrant voters to the Conservatives' election strategy, and the vital role Mr. Kenney's office plays in that strategy.

Over the past three elections, the Conservatives have grown their share of the East Asian and South Asian voters who dominate key swing ridings around Toronto and Vancouver. But that growth must continue if enough ridings are to turn blue to secure a Conservative majority.

Hence the frenetic efforts of "curry in a hurry Kenney," as his colleagues have dubbed him. One of the few ministers who acts with a large degree of autonomy from the Prime Minister, Mr. Kenney devotes much of his private time to courting ethnic minorities for the Conservatives, travelling across Canada and even abroad to dine and meet with new Canadians.

But is the minister using his department's resources to secure Conservative votes? How, for example, was the data in Mr. Nejatian's presentation collected, and who paid for it?

 

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/jason-kenney-minister-of-th...

Lens Solution

In Question Period today, John Baird and the Cons looked like they were trying to take revenge on Linda Duncan - they read out an e-mail from her office about fundraising and accused her of being afraid to lose to Ryan Hatsman in the next election.

Scott Piatkowski Scott Piatkowski's picture

Pogo wrote:
Turnaround is fair play I guess.  Wasn't it John Duncan who was given Linda Duncan's password for an online discussion.  Of course there is a different levels of morality in opening a letter addressed to you and going onto an NDP discussion group just because you have the password.

Not to mention illegally taping the call and then releasing parts of the tape to the media.

bekayne

Boom Boom wrote:

Meanwhile, Tories rebrand 'Government of Canada' as 'Harper Government'

 

It's official: Stephen Harper rules.

And lest anyone forgets, a directive went out to public servants late last year that "Government of Canada" in federal communications should be replaced by "Harper Government."

Public servants from four different line departments told The Canadian Press the instruction came from "the Centre" - meaning the Prime Minister's Office and the Privy Council Office that serves the Prime Minister.

 

None would speak on the record for fear of retribution. It's a well-grounded concern given the treatment of a senior government scientist who was fired in 2006 after rebelling against a directive to use "Canada's new government" in government communications.


Canadian Cynic on twitter
http://twitter.com/canadiancynic/status/43608176813293568
If it's now the "Harper Government," who is this "Government of Canada" who thinks I should pay taxes? Can I tell them to fuck off?

Lens Solution

The Cons really have done a lot of dispicable things over the past several years.  It's time that someone added them all up and presented them all at once as an example of their ethical and legal code.

bekayne
NorthReport

I don't think the apology should be accepted. They need to be held to account by the press for this boorish behaviour.

JKR

It's clear now that with all these ethical fiascos the Conservatives feel free to break any rule they can get away with in order to further their agenda.

No Canadian government, provincial or federal of any stripe that I know of has been any as corrupt as Harper's Government of Canada. They have no moral compas. 

In the past individuals or small cadres of corrupt bad apples have infected parties with schemes but these schemes were usually aimed at personal gain not at furthering their party's political agenda. In the the case of the Conservatives their unethical belief in winning at any cost and trying to get away with as much as possible without getting caught is done do further their political agenda. This behavior is seen as being acceptable by the Conservatives and it permeates the Harper Conservative government from head to toe. The Conservative's behavior reflects Harper's subjective situational ethic of if you can get away with it do it or rules are for losers.

Harper will go down as the Prime Minister who was best at ignoring the intent of rules and finding loopholes to circumvent them. Harper's legacy will be that future governments will have to re-write rules to close all the loopholes Harper has driven his Mack truck through.

Closing the PM's ability to prorogue parliament to avoid facing Parliament will hopefully be the first closed.

Lens Solution

I agree with the essence of what you are saying JKR, but I would sum it up like this:  Harper has sent a message that he is going to do whatever he wants and doesn't care whether it is wrong or what anybody else thinks. 

We can either bring him down in an election and put a stop to it, or otherwise he will continue to do it for another year or more.

milo204

the liberals can't say much on this, they do the same thing.  Probably all major parties do.  not to mention conservatives have been openly talking about this for a long time.  the whole "we're conservative, they're conservative but just don't know it!", cue the propaganda campaign.

also, wasn't it the conservatives who made the whole fiasco about ministers being ultimately responsible for everything, not the "staffers"?  Wasn't that the reason they held up and made an issue over parliamentary hearings or committees or something where the staffer didn't show up but the minister did?

 

JKR

Lens Solution wrote:

I agree with the essence of what you are saying JKR, but I would sum it up like this:  Harper has sent a message that he is going to do whatever he wants and doesn't care whether it is wrong or what anybody else thinks. 

We can either bring him down in an election and put a stop to it, or otherwise he will continue to do it for another year or more.

 

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

- Edmund Burke

ottawaobserver

NorthReport wrote:

I don't think the apology should be accepted. They need to be held to account by the press for this boorish behaviour.

Bob Fife would agree with you. He said on Twitter last night that the media should not have allowed this to happen.

Quote:

RT @PmoSoudas Apologies for staff misunderstanding or overzealousness. Media should not have been asked to leave prior to Mr. Ignatieff's remarks.
about 11 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®
Retweeted by RobertFife and 15 others

National media should not have allowed PMO to boot them out of a public event. #cdnpoli
about 13 hours ago via TweetDeck

PMO only allows ethic meeting for private photo-op with Harper at Indo-Cdn even tonight. #cdnpoli
about 13 hours ago via TweetDeck

At Indo-Cdn event tonite in Ottawa. national media let in to cover Harper speech. PMO kicks out media before Ignatieff's speech. #cdnpoli
about 13 hours ago via TweetDeck

I expect this incident could be the beginning of a pushback against the PMO press office, and that the media will be giving them a much rougher time on the forthcoming campaign.

Unionist

NorthReport wrote:

I don't think the apology should be accepted. They need to be held to account by the press for this boorish behaviour.

The press is responsible for this boorish behaviour. They drool and slaver over the PMO, scared shitless that if they say a critical word, they'll lose their precious "access". I'm not sure how it's possible to place the blame for this disgraceful behaviour anywhere except where it belongs - the sycophants of the MSM.

 

JKR

The primary perpetrators here are the PMO and the Conservatives who break every rule in the book. The press is a secondary perpetrator for not standing up to the Conservatives. The opposition parties and Canadians in general are also secondary perps for not standing up to the Conservatives.

That's why Canadians need to stand up to these bullies and have an election and vote these bums out.

Buddy Kat

Unfortunalely it's the media that decides our election....A few elections ago..it was an NDP that got an email exposing then finance minister Goodale..the media was all over it...painting the liberals as crooks and the term "investigating by the rcmp" was in the news everyday...you can see the liberals slide into oblivian, from which they never recovered...to this very day. No evidence was ever found!

Now it's an NDP again exposing a conservative..and back that up with last weeks in/out fraud and cheat fiasco,backed up by the other weeks Oda affair..backed up by the (place your scandel here)...

Nope the media is biased and they are reporting news alright and defending and protecting the conservatives at the same time....and trying so bad to minimize and kill every anti conservative story with there pundit super stars. Canadians suck it up as gospel..it's beyond sickening and very humiliating to watch Canadians look so gullible and stupid like our brain washed neighbours down south.

Since Duffy and the other conservative media superstar were appointed senators the name of the game has been .. suck up to the Kon, and you might be the next winner of the set for life taxpayer giveaway.

 

6079_Smith_W

@ JKR, Unionist, BuddyKat

Really? The CBC National Radio piece this morning led with the question of whether Conservative MPs are blaming their staffers for their own breaches. They went straight to a sound clip of Bev Oda blaming a staffer for her recent troubles, then followed with John Baird commenting on Kenney's staffer being fired.

Are there some in the media (and its hierarchy) who bow and scrape to the PMO? Certainly. But it's not black and white, and neither is the media solely to blame for public opinion. I might not like where the Harper government sits in the polls right now. But I don't believe things would change all that much if their supporters could only have the opportunity to hear the right message.

While I agree with you about the slant in a lot of media I think it is important to recognize that there are plenty of journalists who are trying very hard to present a more professional and fair analysis.

Buddy Kat

@6079........Don't worry the cbc will make sure the story dies a miserable death.....just watch...it won'tbe pumped down the throats of Canadains like other stories have been.....and some daily till all ballots have been cast, like the one I previously outlined.

 

I'll tell you what fair is...the cheating and frauduelantly criminal conservatives won an election illegally...that's fair? That should be rammed down the throats of Canadians on a daily basis till they (cons)are gone.

 

Everybody wants the set for life taxpayers paid lottery....to get it you must kiss conservative ass...and the reporters in this country are..bigtime!!!Yell

NorthReport

People should be ridiculing Kenney's BS - he needs to do the honourable thing take responsibility and resign. Ever notice how they always take a few days to get some story designed in the PMO and then release it. How convenient Kenney was out of town and could not be interviewed - scumbag media are involved in this as well up to their eyeballs.

 

Kenney takes the heat for aide's 'unfortunate error'

 

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/kenney-takes-the-heat-for-a...

 

JKR

At this point it seems that the Conservatives strategy is too have a scandal every 4th day so the opposition can't concentrate on any single scandal. The Oda scandal seems like it happened months ago.

NorthReport

The NDP need to take a serious run at this creep Kenney - he should be going down for the count as more documents are surfacing showing his sleazy tactics.

 And don't forget he's involved in the Oda affair up to his eyeballs.

 

Resign Scumbag Minister!!!

 

Le ministre Kenney de nouveau dans l'embarras

 

Excuses

Les partis de l'opposition réclament la démission du ministre Kenney depuis que le NPD a découvert que l'un de ses adjoints avait sollicité des fonds pour le Parti conservateur dans une lettre portant l'entête du Parlement. Ces fonds devaient payer une publicité destinée à courtiser l'électorat des communautés ethniques de la région de Toronto.

L'employé de M. Kenney a démissionné dès que l'affaire a éclaté au grand jour. Lundi, le ministre a refusé de faire de même, mais il a présenté ses excuses à la Chambre des communes. Il a justifié l'incident en disant que son adjoint avait enfreint les directives claires de son bureau.

Selon les partis de l'opposition, cependant, les problèmes soulevés dans cette affaire vont beaucoup plus loin que la simple violation de l'interdiction d'utiliser des ressources parlementaires pour solliciter des fonds.

C'est que, en plus de ses responsabilités de ministre de l'Immigration, M. Kenney est chargé des relations du Parti conservateur avec les diverses communautés culturelles du Canada, pour permettre aux troupes de Stephen Harper de ravir une clientèle traditionnellement acquise au Parti libéral.

«Comment peut-on croire que le profilage racial et électoral des conservateurs ne servira pas de cadre pour les politiques gouvernementales, puisqu'elles sont orchestrées par le même ministre?» a demandé lundi le député du Bloc québécois Thierry St-Cyr, durant la période de questions.

«Normal»

Mais Jason Kenney ne voit aucun danger dans ce cumul de tâches. «C'est une responsabilité normale, a-t-il dit au cours d'un entretien avec La Presse. Par exemple, ma collègue Rona Ambrose, qui est ministre responsable de la Condition féminine, fait souvent des activités auprès des groupes de femmes pour représenter le Parti conservateur.»

Quant aux trois documents, il a fait remarquer que la note qui critique le Bloc québécois a été envoyée d'une adresse de courriel parlementaire. Au sujet des soupers avec des membres de diverses communautés, ce n'étaient pas des activités de financement ni des activités partisanes, a-t-il insisté.

« Il n'y a rien de problématique là-dedans», a tranché le ministre Kenney, qui précise qu'il participe à une douzaine de soupers semblables chaque mois un peu partout au Canada.

«Ce que vous décrivez, c'est la façon dont notre démocratie fonctionne.»

 

http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/...

ottawaobserver

NR, you're reading the french language papers online. I'm impressed!

Lens Solution

I think the above article is probably the one that Joel-Denis Bellavance was referring to tonight.  He was on some of the political panels and said that La Presse had uncovered some new details about the Jason Kenney scandal that would be coming out tomorrow.

NorthReport

Merci OO, mais c'est pas necessaire - je viens de Quebec.  Wink

ottawaobserver wrote:

NR, you're reading the french language papers online. I'm impressed!

NorthReport

Here are these new accusations in English though. 

 

Let's go get this sucker - bring him down and Harper will probably be finished

 

Kenney faces new accusation of partisanship

 

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/950180--kenney-faces-new-accu...

 

 

CanadianAlien

Quote:
At this point it seems that the Conservatives strategy is too have a scandal every 4th day so the opposition can't concentrate on any single scandal. The Oda scandal seems like it happened months ago.

The Conservative strategy of ignoring criticism, never acknowledging error, and relentless on-message from top to bottom re policy and attack of opposition is so effective. Their armour is made of this, and it has never been significantly pierced.

KenS

Yet.

"Never" of course does not include right now- where we dont know the outcome yet. It is possible that it might turn out that their armour is not peirced even now. But way too early to say yes or no.