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).According to Holt, Grewal decided he needed to begin recording his conversations with Murphy and Grewal in part because of Inky Mark.
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.