28 November 2005

Election madness

Without a shred of evidence other than a vague "suspicion", Conservative member of parliament Jason Kenney is calling for an investigation of supposed insider trading that preceded last week's announcement by the federal government on income tax policy.

Kenney has no evidence of anything.

He admits that.

Just to make sure there is absolutely no doubt about it, let's repeat that:

Kenney has absolutely no evidence of anything wrong here.

and he admits he has no evidence.

Yet he makes a claim that, at its heart, suggests criminal activity on part of officials in Ralph Goodale's office.

The New Democrats are chiming in with the same call.

And the same absence of evidence.

As Canadian Press notes, there was a great deal of speculation in advance of the announcement, which took place after trading closed for the day.

However, speculation is what the stock market is all about. Changes in trading patterns don't necessarily mean anyone is up to anything criminal.

Meanwhile, both the police forces and the securities regulatory bodies in the country spend a lot of time keeping an eye out for just the sort of illegal activity Kenney is talking about. If they had any suspicions then, rest assured, they'd be all over this little situation.

As it is, all we have is taste of the utter insanity of the forthcoming election campaign.

People will be claiming all sorts of things without any evidence.

Sadly, we can likely also expect yet more of the "Libranos" and "Liberals = organized crime" crap that has been streaming from the Conservative benches for months.

Go back a few days and check the latest poll results, as well as the likely results, and you'll understand why the Conservative messaging is taking on an increasingly shrill tone. Compare it to the New Democrats' comments.

With the exception of the "Hey, I am implying criminal action but denying I am implying criminal action" stuff, the Dippers have been decidedly less shrill than their Connie partners.