A recent example:
Riley, Susan. Times - Colonist [Victoria, B.C] 17 Mar 2012: A.14.
You don't want to give too much credence to the unhinged accusations of crotchety Conservative senators, but their recent attacks on environmentalists suggest a bold escalation in the government's antigreen messaging.
At a recent meeting of a Senate committee examining foreign contributions to Canadian charities, Conservative Senator Percy Mockler described some respected environmental organizations - including the Sierra Club and David Suzuki foundations - as "bad, not to mention, ugly." ("They're all anti-Canadian," chimed in Conservative Senator Mike Duffy.)
Senator Don Plett, a former Conservative party president, picked up on a flippant remark from one environmentalist who said he would accept money "from Martians" if it helped preserve B.C.'s pristine coast.
"If environmentalists are willing to accept money from Martians," Plett said, "where would they draw the line? Would they take money from al-Qaeda, the Hamas, or the Taliban?"
Senator Don Plett: "Would you take money from al-qaeda?"
Don't you mean, would I take money from the PMO?
Why MR. BIG: [Final Edition]By MARK ABLEY of The Gazette. The Gazette [Montreal, Que] 24 July 1988: D9.
Duffy ranks high in what TV strategists like to call "recognition factor."
He inspires confidence in viewers and politicians alike.
Duffy does not share the prevailing cynicism about the men and women who enter public life.
"I try to avoid the cheap shots," he says, "and I try to treat people the way I'd like to be treated. The other thing is not to betray them.
"That's one reason why I haven't written a book. I've had all kinds of people bugging me to write one, but I'd have to tell most of what I know. And then I wouldn't be able to work anymore!"
"I used to be quite shocked by the reaction to me," he admits. "If I go into a bank to cash a cheque in, say, Vegreville, Alberta, the whole bank stops. be quite shocked by the reaction to me," he admits. - "Why Mr. Big"Paraphrased: ......Today, if I were to go into a bank with $90,000 to pay off a loan, the whole Canadian Press Corp comes to a stop.
"I still look at things as a journalist and I say 'How will this go over with Canadians?'"
"There are games within games and you're never really sure who your friends are," Duffy said.
"Conservatives have made good use of their senators, particularly former media star Mike Duffy who now does outreach for the party."
Christy Clark's Pamela Martin does the Outreach gig for the BC Liberals, and she's a media star just like Mike Duffy.
If Christy is asked by Steve to come up with a solid candidate to replace Mike (who doesn't live in PEI), will British Columbians be looking to Pamela?
Her most recent job was doing the same one that Mike did, OUTREACHING to the minorities. 99% and 1% = 1%
“On our side of the House, we won’t touch the envelope. On the Conservative side, they hand them out,” Mr. Mulcair said Tuesday. He’s got them there.
It's bad enough that Duffy flies around the country, sometimes aboard government Challengers, preaching the Conservative gospel at party fundraisers or at private conferences where he charges a fee for his drivel.