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Cover Up? December 9, 2005

Posted by Binford in Politics.
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Is there a cover up in light of revelations that a senior’s group, Canada’s Association for the Fifty Plus (CARP), was tipped-off by a member of Ralph Goodale’s staff that a favourable announcement would be made on the income trust issue?  Well, if someone says one thing and then says another thing entirely, it’s hard not to think otherwise.  I point you to two news items, courtesy of Nealenews:

The first is a news release from CARP, denying any contact with anyone in Ralph Goodale’s staff:

There is no truth to the serious accusations that CARP had inside information about Minister Ralph Goodale’s announcement regarding Income Trusts. In fact, the political crossfire regarding who knew what, when and how about the Minister’s announcement has created the false allegation that there was a leak to CARP.

The record must be set straight! At no time was CARP given an indication by the Minister’s office of when the announcement would be made or what it would say.

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However, CTV did a follow up to the news release and it does not look good for Bill Gleberzon, the Director of Government & Media Relations for CARP:

CTV’s Kathy Tomlinson talked to Gleberzon after the release was issued. He confirmed what he had said in the previous interview, but now maintained he had misspoken.

At first, Gleberzon said no one from the finance minister’s office had contacted him about the interview.

When told that the finance ministry’s communications director, John Embury, had already admitted to calling Gleberzon Wednesday night, he explained:

“I did speak to him …. I shouldn’t have said that I didn’t, but I did,” Gleberzon told Tomlinson.

“They phoned me and they asked — they found out about the interview. He asked me what was going on, I told him, but it’s when we were talking about the timing issue that I realized how important it was.”

Gleberzon said Embury told him: “We don’t want to coach you, we don’t want to tell you what to say, we just want to know what to prepare for.”

Embury was aware of the story earlier in the day, and sent an email to CTV Wednesday night, before the newscast aired, saying of Gleberzon: “He denies saying what he is supposed to have said to your reporter.”

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As Warren Kinsella writes on his blog, “It’s never the break-in, it’s always the cover up. (Follow the money to the end.)”

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