Monday, July 18, 2005

Notes on Holt's letter 3: the taping incident

Holt's constituency letter defending Grewal avoids the tapes themselves and does not mention the fact that they were edited, but instead argues that the Liberals had approached Grewal rather than vice versa. There is something new here: Inky Mark.
We must recall the recent, and incredibly nasty response that Manitoba MP Inky Mark endured when he raised the subject of just such activities (Liberal Treasury Board President Reg Alcock dismissed this with an offensive response during an interview by stating: "Frankly, if I was going to recruit somebody I'd go a little higher up the gene pool.". (An outrageous statement that he has since apologized for).

Reg Alcock also demanded "evidence" during the Liberals' response to this incident. Given Inky Mark's treatment, our MP felt that it was vital that the Liberal's entreaties be recorded.
According to Holt, Grewal decided he needed to begin recording his conversations with Murphy and Grewal in part because of Inky Mark.


Blogger Mark Francis said...

A long time theory being pushed by some people. What came first?

Note that I've never heard Grewal say this. Seems to me that would be something he would have said early on in this affair.

9:00 AM  
Blogger buckets said...

The Inky Mark - Reg Alcock exchanges took place in the first week of May.

12:30 PM  
Blogger Mark Francis said...

Do you recall Grewal ever stating this justification publically himself?

I'm curious, because if he never mentioned it while revealing the affair, lends a bit more credibility to the theory that Grewal started off by wanting to floor-cross and only taped as a precaution, out of habit, or, only when he decided that he wasn't going to cross.

5:05 PM  
Blogger buckets said...

No, I've never heard him make this claim.

6:10 PM  

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