Monday, September 18, 2006

How Can A Liberal Be So Un-liberal?

First and foremost, I've said it before, and I'll say it again, I don't know how Bob Rae would run as candidate for Leader of the Liberal Party when he has only been Liberal for a few days before the contest began. A few days is not an understatement it is a literal specification of time that transpired. So I exclaim again and again at the marvel that is Bob Rae; how could he be so opportunistic?

Well for anyone who thinks this evidence is not substantial to merit a second thought, I present detailed information that specifies in great detail the opportunistic nature of Bob Rae. Him not being a Liberal Member but until days before the race just leaves the image that he was liberal just not officially. However these accounts illustrates that is not the case, and up to months prior to the Liberal Leadership contest he was funding NDP candidates purposely to defeat Liberal ones. Strictly policy-wise Bob Rae might have made a good Leader, but including his character and actions he should have his conduct seriously questioned.

In tight races against Liberals Bob Rae has supported NDP candidates.

Three days before the last federal election Bob Rae donated $300.00 to a NDP candidate by the name of Ms. Mathyssen in London--Fanshawe. She was in a very close two-way race with Liberal newcomer Glen Pearson to replace Liberal Defector Pat O'Brien. Mathyssen narrowly defeated Liberal, Pearson by 868 votes. The difference could have easily been overcome by a 300 dollar contribution to the Liberal Party or without a contribution to the NDP.

Perhaps at the time Mr. Rae didn't like Glen Pearson, or perhaps at the time (8 months ago) he just didn't like Liberals. Maybe Mr. Rae wanted to help out a past colleague. (Ms. Mathyssen was Member of Ontario Parliament from 1990-1995 in Mr. Rae's NDP caucus). However when Ms. Mathyssen ran federally in 1997 and 2004 and provincially in 1999 and 2003, he did not make a donation. Only when she had a shot at defeating a Liberal in 2006 did he ante up.

Days before the election in 2004 Mr. Rae donated to David Christopherson, the NDP candidate in Hamilton Centre also in a tight race against Liberal incumbent and Minister of National Revenue, Stan Keyes. Mr. Christopherson won the election defeating the Liberal by 5,373 votes.
He also contributed to Tony Martin in a nail biter against Liberal Carmen Provenzano. Mr.Martin won by 752 votes.

Donations made by Bob Rae in 2006 (sourced from
Mathyssen, Irene (New Democratic Party) - London-Fanshawe, Jan. 20, 2006, donated $300.00
Carnegie, Rochelle (New Democratic Party) - Willowdale, Dec. 22, 2005, donated $250.00
Godfrey, John (Liberal Party of Canada) - Don Valley West, Jan. 16, 2006, donated $300.00

Donations made by Bob Rae in 2004 (sourced from
Christopherson, David (New Democratic Party) - Hamilton Centre, Jun. 25, donated $250.00
Martin, Tony (New Democratic Party) - Sault Ste. Marie, Jun. 28, 2004, donated $250.00
I am astonshed that Bob Rae is a candidate in the Liberal Leadership race. The aforementioned facts can only try to describe the gross enormity of his opportunistic actions. How can a Liberal be so unliberal?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm curious - can those that "paid" to become members and for those who "donated" to the Liberal Party in good faith the Party was into renwal and clean-up get their money back if Rae is elected. If's elected we were "duped".

7:07 AM  
Anonymous Political Outsider said...

"Both Rae and Boyd were thrilled with the NDP's showing in the election, winning 29 seats across Canada -- 11 more than in the last Parliament."

7:38 AM  
Anonymous Rae Dazed said...

"The worst thing anyone can do is lose their integrity." - Bob Rae, Toronto Life, February 1995

8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interestingly, according to Elections Canada, Gerard Kennedy didn't donate to any federal Liberal candidates in the last election, not even to Sam Bulte, his federal counterpart in Parkdale who was in the fight of her life against NDPer Peggy Nash.

Dion, also, didn't contribute to any candidates. Neither did Brison, Ignatieff, Volpe or Dryden.

Also, despite the fact that they were party members, neither Kennedy nor Ignatieff gave any money at all to the Liberal Party of Canada in 2005 or so far in 2006

9:55 AM  
Blogger Daniel Mosely said...

So? I have never contributed to the Liberal Party in monetary means. I have contributed at least a thousand hours in my life fighting to get Liberals elected. Ignatieff and Kennedy may not have contributed financially, but the contributed something more valuable, their time.

Anything else Bob?

10:35 AM  
Blogger Jordan G said...

I thought the Liberal party was looking to renew itself and expand the tent. What kind of message does it send to prospective supporters that unless you've always been a Liberal, you're not wanted?

6:06 AM  
Blogger Daniel Mosely said...

Jordan G said...
I thought the Liberal party was looking to renew itself and expand the tent. What kind of message does it send to prospective supporters that unless you've always been a Liberal, you're not wanted?

-Okay I am going to try to be charitable, but for all the care and thought I put in my blogs, to have this comment is quite overwhelming.

Is that what I said? Did I say to be a Liberal you always had to be a Liberal? No, I didn't. I explicitly stressed to be leader of a Liberal Party some normal amount of time had to have elapsed.

Please think through your comment before you add it,and don't straw-man my argument.

2:24 PM  

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