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(Candian)PM's Chief Of Staff Was Obama leak (NAFTA)
Candian Press ^ | March 5 2008 | Canadian Press

Posted on 03/05/2008 7:43:28 PM PST by jveritas

OTTAWA — If the prime minister is seeking the first link in the chain of events that has rocked the U.S. presidential race, he need look no further than his chief of staff, Ian Brodie, The Canadian Press has learned.

A candid comment to journalists from CTV News by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s most senior political staffer during the hurly-burly of a budget lock-up provided the initial spark in what the American media are now calling NAFTAgate.

Harper announced Wednesday that he has asked an internal security team to begin finding the source of a document leak that he characterized as being “blatantly unfair” to Senator Barack Obama. ….

The former university professor found himself in a room with CTV employees where he was quickly surrounded by a gaggle of reporters while other journalists were within earshot of other colleagues.

At the end of an extended conversation, Brodie was asked about remarks aimed by the Democratic candidates at Ohio’s anti-NAFTA voters that carried serious economic implications for Canada.

Since 75 per cent of Canadian exports go to the U.S., Obama and Clinton’s musings about reopening the North American free-trade pact had caused some concern.

Brodie downplayed those concerns.

“Quite a few people heard it,” said one source in the room.

“He said someone from (Hillary) Clinton’s campaign is telling the embassy to take it with a grain of salt ... That someone called us and told us not to worry.”

Government officials did not deny the conversation took place. They said that Brodie sought to allay concerns about the impact of Obama and Clinton’s assertion that they would re-negotiate NAFTA if elected. But they did say that Brodie had no recollection of discussing any specific candidate — either Clinton or Obama. CTV News Vice-President Robert Hurst said he would not discuss his journalists’ sources. But others said the content of Brodie’s remarks was passed on to CTV’s Washington bureau and their White House correspondent set out the next day to pursue the story on Clinton’s apparent hypocrisy on the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Although CTV correspondent Tom Clark mentioned Clinton in passing, the focus of his story was on assurances from the Obama camp.

He went to air on Feb. 27 with a report that the Democratic front-runner had given advance notice to Canadian diplomats that he was about to engage in some anti-NAFTA rhetoric, but not to take it too seriously.

The report wound up on YouTube and caused an uproar in the U.S. race — influencing the final days of the critical Ohio primary, with every indication it will also play a role in the upcoming Pennsylvania vote.

Obama has been pilloried by his opponents and faced the most aggressive questioning of his heretofore smooth-sailing campaign.

Clinton used the story to cast him as a double-talking hypocrite — winking and nudging at Canadians while making contrary promises to American voters.

Republican nominee John McCain — who proudly dubs himself a straight-talker — has also seized on the incident to paint the Democratic front-runner as anything but.

When Obama’s campaign and the Canadian government denied the allegation, a leaked document was obtained by The Associated Press written by a Canadian diplomat. It chronicled a conversation between Obama economic adviser Austan Goulsbee and diplomats at Canada’s Chicago consulate.

The Obama aide has challenged the wording of the memo and says it characterized the conversation unfairly. A government official said that memo was initially emailed to over 120 government employees.

Harper has rebuffed opposition requests to call in the RCMP and also investigate the source of the original tip that led to the CTV report that triggered the diplomatic tempest. But a team of internal security agents has begun an investigation that will see dozens of bureaucrats and political staff questioned about their knowledge of the leak.

“This kind of leaking of information is completely unacceptable. In fact, it may well be illegal,” Harper told the House of Commons.

“It is not useful, it is not in the interests of the government of Canada — and the way the leak was executed was blatantly unfair to Senator Obama and his campaign.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Canada; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: barackhusseinobama; barackobama; chebama; cultofobama; elections; hillary; messiah; nafta; nobama; obama; oh2008

1 posted on 03/05/2008 7:43:28 PM PST by jveritas
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To: jveritas

So the conversation was about Hillary Clinton contacting the Canadians regarding NAFTA but Candian TV (CTV) chose to focus on Obama.


2 posted on 03/05/2008 7:44:38 PM PST by jveritas (Rush Limbaugh for President (extreme sarcasm))
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To: jveritas; Richard Poe

Bill Clinton has associated with a woman named Melinda, also from that office. Coincidence?


3 posted on 03/05/2008 7:47:19 PM PST by The Spirit Of Allegiance (Public Employees: Honor Your Oaths! Defend the Constitution from Enemies--Foreign and Domestic!)
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To: jveritas


4 posted on 03/05/2008 7:47:20 PM PST by ari-freedom (We need more conservatives like Buckley and fewer Coulters)
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To: The Spirit Of Allegiance

WOW!!! is that true?


5 posted on 03/05/2008 7:48:15 PM PST by jveritas (Rush Limbaugh for President (extreme sarcasm))
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To: jveritas

Harper. Man up a bit. It’s not unfair to tell the truth about something that should not even be remotely classified or confidential.


6 posted on 03/05/2008 7:48:45 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: jveritas

mcCain:
There’s never been a tomorrow Americans weren’t eager to greet. There’s never been a problem Americans couldn’t solve. The courage, patriotism, ingenuity and industry of our forbears earned the reverence we hold for our storied past. But we have never been a country that substitutes nostalgia for optimism. We have never been a country that would rather go back than forward. We are the world’s leaders, and leaders don’t fear change, hide from challenges, pine for the past and dread the future. We make the future better than the past. That’s why I resent demagogues who preach the false virtues of economic isolationism. Opening new markets for American goods and services is indispensable to our future prosperity. We can compete with anyone. You wouldn’t know that by listening to the protectionists. They think we’re licked. They think we should hide behind walls, bury our heads and industries in the sand, and hope we have enough left to live on while the world passes us by. That’s not leadership, and that’s not American.

“Here’s what the demagogues don’t tell you. America is the world’s biggest exporter, importer, producer, saver, investor, manufacturer, and innovator. Americans don’t run from the challenge of a global economy. We are the global economy. Any confident, competent government should embrace competition - it makes us stronger - not hide from our competitors and cheat our consumers and workers. We can compete and win, as we always have, or we can be left behind. I’m not running for President to preside over our decline.

“Lowering barriers to trade creates more and better jobs, and higher wages. It keeps inflation under control. It keeps mortgage and other interest rates low, and it makes goods more affordable for low and middle income consumers. Protectionism threatens all those benefits.


7 posted on 03/05/2008 7:52:35 PM PST by ari-freedom (We need more conservatives like Buckley and fewer Coulters)
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To: jveritas

bttt


8 posted on 03/05/2008 7:53:39 PM PST by AnimalLover ( ((Are there special rules and regulations for the big guys?)))
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To: jveritas
Bill and Belinda’s excellent adventure
9 posted on 03/05/2008 7:55:58 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: The Spirit Of Allegiance
Bill Clinton has associated with a woman named Melinda, also from that office. Coincidence?

Rush: "Nothing about the Clinton's is a coincidence"

10 posted on 03/05/2008 7:57:00 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("The land of the Free...Because of the Brave")
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To: jveritas
So the conversation was about Hillary Clinton contacting the Canadians regarding NAFTA but Candian TV (CTV) chose to focus on Obama.

Probably because about Clinton it was a conversation nobody remembers in any detail. But about Obama it was a memo:

The Obama aide has challenged the wording of the memo and says it characterized the conversation unfairly. A government official said that memo was initially emailed to over 120 government employees.

Now, do you have a memo? Just want to check.
11 posted on 03/05/2008 8:01:20 PM PST by alecqss
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To: jveritas; backhoe; Liz; kcvl; doug from upland; Richard Poe

I’m coming up dry with searches on
Melinda
Billionaire
Prime Minister

But I believe I recall correctly.

Paging a little help....


12 posted on 03/05/2008 8:04:07 PM PST by The Spirit Of Allegiance (Public Employees: Honor Your Oaths! Defend the Constitution from Enemies--Foreign and Domestic!)
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To: hole_n_one

Belinda! That’s it. Thank you.


13 posted on 03/05/2008 8:04:51 PM PST by The Spirit Of Allegiance (Public Employees: Honor Your Oaths! Defend the Constitution from Enemies--Foreign and Domestic!)
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To: hole_n_one; The Spirit Of Allegiance

Thanks for the info, that is really amazing. Another Bill Clinton affair.


14 posted on 03/05/2008 8:05:51 PM PST by jveritas (Rush Limbaugh for President (extreme sarcasm))
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To: jveritas

One of the Democrat candidates is America’s most-cheated-on woman.

Talk about codependent, love-hate relationships!


15 posted on 03/05/2008 8:09:15 PM PST by The Spirit Of Allegiance (Public Employees: Honor Your Oaths! Defend the Constitution from Enemies--Foreign and Domestic!)
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To: The Spirit Of Allegiance
A little update on our fair Belinda Stronach. Her father was a self made billionaire. Arrived in Canada fifty years ago with fifty dollars in his pocket.

Belinda was a Conservative and in a cliff hanger of a vote, the ruling Liberals faced a new election. This if the Conservatives could muster up another vote from a maverick independent Member of Parliament.

A prominent Liberal "just happened to bump into Belinda" a few days before the big vote. Suddenly she crossed the floor and joined the Liberals. Her price? A cabinet ministers position. The liberals survived with her vote and( oh boy a big furore in Canada now) the maverick (Chuck Cadmam), went with the Liberals. Belinda was dancing in a night club that night with a Liberal fancy man. The tune "Material Girl".

Alas the Liberals eventually lost power anyway, when the general election was called. Belinda lost her big job.

16 posted on 03/05/2008 8:28:10 PM PST by Peter Libra
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To: The Spirit Of Allegiance

Belinda Stronach was an MP and minor Cabinet member in the short-lived Paul Martin minority government (2004 -06).

She’s now retired from politics (officially).


17 posted on 03/05/2008 8:32:33 PM PST by canuck_conservative
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To: jveritas

BUMP


18 posted on 03/05/2008 8:50:23 PM PST by Constitution Day
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To: The Spirit Of Allegiance

19 posted on 03/05/2008 8:55:44 PM PST by kcvl
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To: The Spirit Of Allegiance

Stronauch? Wasnt that her name?


20 posted on 03/05/2008 9:10:24 PM PST by cardinal4
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To: cardinal4

Oh I see you alredy got it..


21 posted on 03/05/2008 9:11:56 PM PST by cardinal4
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To: ari-freedom

Wow! That’s the kind of thing I like to hear.


22 posted on 03/05/2008 9:13:27 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: Yardstick

thats the mccain I’ve known for years. A strong believer in free markets and an end to the welfare state. No more Bush/Hastert compassionate conservatism.

most people think he has nothing to say on the economy...they are in for a surprise


23 posted on 03/05/2008 9:25:28 PM PST by ari-freedom (We need more conservatives like Buckley and fewer Coulters)
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To: The Spirit Of Allegiance
Willard had a short interlude with Belinda Stronach shortly after she defected from the conservative party to the LIEberals up here. Her daddy (now a billionaire) is the founder of the Magna auto parts empire. (They supply the 5 major mfr's in North America with various bits). The LIEberals subsequently LOST the ensuing election.

Since that election 2 years ago, Belinda has had about as much influence on the Canadian External Affairs department as Pee Wee Herman does in CBN telecasts.

24 posted on 03/05/2008 9:34:24 PM PST by Don W (Vote YOUR Honor, or it could become: Vote, your Honor.....)
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To: jveritas

Yep. Clintons cheat.


25 posted on 03/05/2008 11:07:27 PM PST by Dr. Eckleburg ("I don't think they want my respect; I think they want my submission." - Flemming Rose)
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To: jveritas; GMMAC; Clive; exg; kanawa; conniew; backhoe; -YYZ-; Former Proud Canadian; Squawk 8888; ..

26 posted on 03/06/2008 4:45:42 AM PST by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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To: jveritas
More on Ian Brodie from this link....

Harper's 12

Scroll down for the bit on Brodie.

27 posted on 03/06/2008 4:48:43 AM PST by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: kcvl

Taken a golf tournament . Big deal.

Imagination is a wonderful thing. Unfortunately it can also lead to assumptions.

Why do Americans insist on giving Clinton that much credit? I hope it’s not envy.


28 posted on 03/06/2008 4:49:23 AM PST by Snowyman
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To: The Spirit Of Allegiance
Bill Clinton has associated with a woman named Melinda

Nothing really, the only woman Bubba DOESN'T "associate with" is Hillary.

29 posted on 03/06/2008 4:54:29 AM PST by Fresh Wind (Scrape the bottom, vote for Rodham!)
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To: ari-freedom
mcCain: There’s never been a tomorrow Americans weren’t eager to greet. There’s never been a problem Americans couldn’t solve. The courage, patriotism, ingenuity and industry of our forbears earned the reverence we hold for our storied past.

Are these his words or what we'd like him to say?

30 posted on 03/06/2008 5:06:46 AM PST by Portcall24
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To: jveritas

“He said someone from (Hillary) Clinton’s campaign is telling the embassy to take it with a grain of salt.”

__________________

Why in the world isn’t this on Drudge with a siren going off? I think this is big news that could start a real brawl.


31 posted on 03/06/2008 5:22:54 AM PST by 1curiousmind
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To: jveritas
Harper announced Wednesday that he has asked an internal security team to begin finding the source of a document leak that he characterized as being “blatantly unfair” to Senator Barack Obama. ….

Since when is it unfair to let voters know exactly what a candidate truly stands for???

32 posted on 03/06/2008 5:56:37 AM PST by Lady Heron
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To: jveritas

Why not? It WAS Obama that uncategorically denied any such meetings ever took place, so why should he be focused on?


33 posted on 03/06/2008 6:32:20 AM PST by cake_crumb (I will criticize Obama as much and as often as I want.)
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To: cake_crumb

“Should” was meant to be “shouldn’t”. Coffee isn’t working this morning.


34 posted on 03/06/2008 6:38:07 AM PST by cake_crumb (I will criticize Obama as much and as often as I want.)
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To: jveritas

“Staff?”

That’s racist!


35 posted on 03/06/2008 7:02:20 AM PST by TSchmereL ("Rust but terrify.")
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To: pissant
Harper. Man up a bit. It’s not unfair to tell the truth about something that should not even be remotely classified or confidential.

I think given that our former governing Liberal party had a nasty track record of sticking their noses in America's business and being quite insulting to Americans in the process, that Harper is treading cautiously. The last thing we need is another round of political mudslinging, our relationship with you guys is too important to be treated in that manner.

36 posted on 03/06/2008 8:08:05 AM PST by Catholic Canadian ( I love Stephen Harper!)
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To: Peter Libra

You mean belinda was bribed with a cabinet post to switch

parties, to the liberal/socialists,its perks, extra pay

and benefits and there were no calls for an RCMP

investigation !? /sarcoff


37 posted on 03/06/2008 9:39:11 AM PST by Para-Ord.45
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To: Para-Ord.45
You mean belinda was bribed with a cabinet post to switch parties, to the liberal/socialists,its perks,extra pay and benefits and there were no calls for an RCMP investigation!?/sarcoff

I react with caution by remembering sage advice in an English court, to whit: "you must no say anything you cannot prove". (chuckle) I am indebted to the CBC (bells and whistles please). Dated May 18th 2005.

Stronach said she broached the matter with former Ontario premier David Peterson,who is a family friend, after running into him and his wife at an event in Toronto last week. .

It goes on - dead pan, as only CBC can do it, that David Peterson spoke to her at length before "arranging conversations" with both Liberals and eventually the prime minister (Hon. Paul Martin).

The lack of CBC trumped up- with their very modest laid back hysteria, speaks volumes.

What if they could hang Steven Harper with such a scenario? (laughs) and enough said by me today.

38 posted on 03/06/2008 10:23:50 AM PST by Peter Libra
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To: Peter Libra

” ‘ Stronach said she broached the matter with former Ontario premier David Peterson’ “

Of course in a court of law they would all swear that that is exactly the way it happened / sarc off ;-)


39 posted on 03/06/2008 10:27:35 AM PST by Para-Ord.45
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To: ari-freedom

—There’s never been a tomorrow Americans weren’t eager to greet. There’s never been a problem Americans couldn’t solve. The courage, patriotism, ingenuity and industry of our forbears earned the reverence we hold for our storied past—

This part is true. The rest of the quote is all rubbish.


40 posted on 03/06/2008 11:00:42 AM PST by paleorite
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To: Snowyman
Why do Americans insist on giving Clinton that much credit? I hope it’s not envy.

Maybe because he is a known philanderer and he will go with anything so nothing seems impossible.

That is not the only time he has been seen with her. And I don't consider her that great so it's certainly not envy on my part.

41 posted on 03/06/2008 11:04:01 AM PST by kcvl
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To: jveritas

Did you pass this tidbit on to Drudge?


42 posted on 03/06/2008 1:40:11 PM PST by StarFan
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No, it is now public info, but if you may pass it him it will be great.


43 posted on 03/06/2008 2:07:04 PM PST by jveritas (Rush Limbaugh for President (extreme sarcasm))
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To: Snowyman

It sure isn’t penis envy...


44 posted on 03/07/2008 5:59:00 PM PST by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL.)
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