05.01.2012 04:02 PM

Mulcair and Vegas: down memory lane

…but not down the memory hole.  From a year ago:

The NDP got its first taste of the perils of prominence Wednesday after being forced to handle two public relations disasters as the newly elected Official Opposition.

While MP-elect Ruth Ellen Brosseau was scrutinized for allegedly filing falsified nomination papers in Quebec, deputy leader of the NDP, Thomas Mulcair, drew gasps when he said he does not believe the United States government has photographs of terrorist Osama bin Laden. He also hinted there may be “more going on,” behind the scenes of his assassination than the U.S. is making known.

“I don’t think, from what I’ve heard, that those pictures exist. And if they do, I’ll leave that up to the American military,” Mr. Mulcair said during an appearance on the CBC TV’s Power and Politics Wednesday.

Asked again whether he thinks the photos exist, Mr. Mulcair said: “No, I don’t think they do. If they’ve got pictures of a cadaver, there’s probably more going on than we suspect in what happened there.”

20 Comments

  1. Not that Gord says:

    Doubting that the US intelligence establishment was less than forthcoming about a black op? And that’s laughable why? You can always tell when they’re lying. The first clue is that their lips are moving…

  2. Sean says:

    I’m not going to vote for him, but I think Mulcair is going to win.

  3. Dan says:

    It wasn’t a clear question, and once it was clarified, Mulcair gave a clear answer.

    When Liberals are going after the other parties on “leadership” and “professionalism”, they have nothing left on policy.

    • Warren says:

      You’re funny. You’re also a year too late, genius.

      • Dan says:

        Hey, you’re the one who dug this one up and tried to brush the dust off.

        It’s a non-issue.

        • Tim Sullivan says:

          He’s paranoid. That’s not an issue? He’s a citizen of a foreign country. Is that an issue? He has anger control issues. Shouldn’t that be an issue?

    • sharonapple88 says:

      It wasn’t a clear question, and once it was clarified, Mulcair gave a clear answer.

      Debatable, but here are the questions Evan Solomon aske about it:

      Evan: PEOPLE WILL WANT YOUR OPINION, AND IT MATTERS MORE, FRANKLY, ON A WIDE RANGE OF ISSUES. FOR EXAMPLE, SOMEONE MIGHT SAY, THOMAS MULCAIR, SHOULD THE U.S. RELEASE PICTURES OF OSAMA BIN LADEN AS MANY ARE DEMANDING? WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?

      And…

      Evan: JUST SO I UNDERSTAND THAT, WHEN YOU SAY YOU DON’T THINK THE PICTURES EXIST, JUST EXPLAIN EXACTLY WHY YOU THINK THERE MIGHT NOT BE PICTURES OF THE CADAVER AND THE BODY OF OSAMA BIN LADEN?

      http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/inside-politics-blog/2011/05/mulcair-transcript.html

      As for doubting US Intelligence… fine, but you should have something to back it up otherwise you just sound like you’re indulging in conspiracy theories.

  4. dave says:

    If I remember it at all, Brosseau’s nomination had mor ethan enough signatures, but some of them were iffy. I understand, too, that a complaint about the signatures was made by the defeated candidates.
    As for questioning any one of the many USA intelligence/black ops organizations, oh yes, I bet dozens of Canadians would think this a foolish thing to do, and would gasp.
    Dozens!

    (Story I like about USA intell is the one about when Cheney et al were feeding the frenzy to attack Iraq in 1991. Cheney said that satellite photos showed the Iraq miltary massing on the border between Iraq and Kingdon of Saudi Arabia. Then Cheney, for national security reasons, classified the photos. So, late in the 1990’s came the news that Russian satellite photos at the same time showed empty desert where Cheney said the Iraq miltary was massing. Gasp!)

  5. Tiger says:

    The anti-Mulcair campaign will get darned interesting, when it comes.

  6. Philippe says:

    I’ve seen that wing-nuttish side of Mulclair come out a few times now. Closet conspiracy theorist?

  7. Tim says:

    Super weak to dredge that Tory trash up again, Warren. So much for progressive unity, huh?

  8. Jeff Lavry says:

    If that’s the worst of the ‘oppo research’ on Mulcair, then the Liberals and Conservatives can look forward to another couple years of steady slide at the expense of the NDP.

    As for ‘uniting the left’, yes, it was indeed eye-opening to see the first attack ad on Mulcair launched not from the permanent Conservative war room but from the Young Liberals. And now we witness the voices of ‘progressive unity’ here appeal to stale ad hominem and yellow journalism in order to carp from the sidelines at the one cohesive political entity that is putting dent’s in Stephen Harper’s armour?

    I guess we won’t all be singing Coombaya after all…

    • frmr disgruntled Con now Happy Lib says:

      Sorry, but Jack Layton had more class in his little finger than Mulcair has in his whole being…….Would Jack have reduced the other opposition parties down to 20 minutes with which to speak on the budget, or deny Elizabeth May seating outside the parliamentary chamber?…I think not…..
      I would have considered a link-up with someone like Nathan Cullen…..but I’ll have no truck nor trade with this a**hole…….
      I look forward to M. Mulcair’s next tantrum caught on camera……Im sure we wont have to wait long…….

  9. Billy Boy says:

    Interesting that on International Workers Day, you hadn’t anything better than a superficial attack on the NDP, the closest thing we have to a labour party. Mulcair’s current polling numbers must be worrisome not only for Harper, but more so for the LPC, which may be on the verge of total irrelevance. As for Brosseau, I’m sure you’ve seen the articles reporting how well she is doing and how well liked she is in her riding.

  10. frmr disgruntled Con now Happy Lib says:

    Since we’re travelling down memory lane….why not view this again for the first time…..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4sLHt6rcmo&feature=related

    As a gay man, I was upset at the man’s deportation as well……but is this the kind of behaviour we want to see from a possible PM?….Id hate to see the man in a crisis…..

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