Conservative trap to ensnare Liberal candidate ends up embarrassing Tories

The latest Conservative sting operation aimed at discrediting a prominent Liberal candidate has instead wound up embarrassing several Tory MPs, including senior cabinet minister Jason Kenney.

OTTAWA – The latest Conservative sting operation aimed at discrediting a prominent Liberal candidate has instead wound up embarrassing several Tory MPs, including senior cabinet minister Jason Kenney.

The operation involved a young Conservative operative who secretly recorded a conversation with Marlo Raynolds, the Liberal candidate in Banff-Airdrie, and two other men at a public meeting in Canmore, Alta., last week.

The recording purported to reveal Raynolds criticizing the Tories’ recent family tax cut plan, saying it amounts to giving money to people for “arguably nothing,” only to see them spend it on TVs, cars and other things that don’t benefit the economy.

The recording was given to Sun News Network personality Brian Lilley, who denounced Raynolds’ comments – and, by extension, the Liberal party – on his TV show and in a newspaper column.

Blake Richards, the Tory MP for Banff-Airdrie, and two other Alberta MPs – Chris Warkentin and Kenney, the employment minister – pounced on Lilley’s work to denounce Raynolds and the Liberals in the House of Commons.

Only problem? The words attributed to Raynolds were actually spoken by another individual who has publicly stepped forward to correct the record.

Just Posted

Alberta education minister critical of Calgary school board over staff cuts

CALGARY — Alberta’s education minister is ordering a financial audit and governance… Continue reading

Alberta Review Board chairwoman resigns; says she received no government support

EDMONTON — The chairwoman of the Alberta Review Board says she has… Continue reading

Alberta overhauls workplace rules for farms, small operations to be exempt

EDMONTON — Most Alberta farm operations would no longer have to follow… Continue reading

Alberta NDP seek ruling to ban UCP from voting on bill to fire election watchdog

EDMONTON — Alberta’s Opposition NDP is asking the ethics commissioner to ban… Continue reading

John Mann, singer and songwriter of group Spirit of the West dead at 57

VANCOUVER — John Mann, lead singer and songwriter for Vancouver’s beloved Celtic-inflected… Continue reading

Your community calendar

Nov. 19 The Mountview Sunnybrook Community Association will hold its AGM at… Continue reading

Alberta education minister critical of Calgary school board over staff cuts

CALGARY — Alberta’s education minister is ordering a financial audit and governance… Continue reading

Alberta Review Board chairwoman resigns; says she received no government support

EDMONTON — The chairwoman of the Alberta Review Board says she has… Continue reading

Alberta overhauls workplace rules for farms, small operations to be exempt

EDMONTON — Most Alberta farm operations would no longer have to follow… Continue reading

Alberta NDP seek ruling to ban UCP from voting on bill to fire election watchdog

EDMONTON — Alberta’s Opposition NDP is asking the ethics commissioner to ban… Continue reading

John Mann, singer and songwriter of group Spirit of the West dead at 57

VANCOUVER — John Mann, lead singer and songwriter for Vancouver’s beloved Celtic-inflected… Continue reading

Old friends Orlondo Steinauer, Mike O’Shea to square off in Grey Cup

CALGARY — Jim Barker will have a unique opportunity Sunday. Barker will… Continue reading

Most Read