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Friday, August 19, 2005

Was Pierre Poilievre an Alberta Separatist?

Peter at CIVITATENIS has sought to debunk an accusation against Pierre Poilievre by Rational Reasons claiming that Poilievre had been a member of the Alberta Separatist Party.
RR is relentless. He provides a link to the Separation Party of Canada that
Poilievre was allegedly a card-carrying member of. And he’s written the
Ottawa Citizen asking them to investigate the allegation. Anything to root
out rampant hypocrisy among conservatives.
But there’s just one problem.
The Separation Party of Alberta, which RR alleges Poilievre was a
member of
prior to being elected as an MP, is a relatively new party. In
fact, it was only
incorporated as a political party in May 2004. Hmmmmm. Which is interesting, because the federal election in which Poilievre won a seat in Ontario was held on June
28, 2004. If you follow RR’s logic you come to the conclusion that
Poilievre took out a membership in the Separation Pary of Alberta either
immediately before or during his campaign to win a federal seat in
Ontario. And this is dependent upon Poilievre taking time out of his
schedule in Ontario to fly back to Alberta and take out a membership the
instant that memberships became available. Sound feasible? Not to me
either.
Since Radical Reasons has pointed out that Poilievre was Ezra Levant's communcations director, maybe Mr. Levant should be asked whether Poilievre is a separatist or not?

Otherwise, the anachronism of positing Poilievre as a SPA member is a rearguard smear in defense of the Governor General.

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