Mr. Bill Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas, NDP): Mr. Speaker, dramatic allegations of attempts to bribe former MP Chuck Cadman raised very serious questions and led to unprecedented actions. Now it seems questions about the scandal will not be answered because Conservatives and Liberals have huddled together in the cone of silence. However, there is another victim. According to an expert hired by the Conservatives, journalist Tom Zytaruk was falsely accused of tampering with his audiotape of his interview with the Prime Minister. Will the Prime Minister and the government withdraw their allegations that he doctored the tape and apologize to Mr. Zytaruk?
Mr. Pierre Poilievre (Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, CPC): Mr. Speaker, it is clear, in fact, that the tape was tampered. The matter is now settled and both parties are pleased with that settlement.
Before Mr. Poilievre offered that answer, Mr. Harper could be seen leaning over to have a word with him.
"Both parties"? Isn't there at least a third party involved? One, Mr. Tom Zytaruk whose good name and reputation has been, once again, sullied by the Harper Conservatives?
Bully Harper has demonstrated a fondness for using the courts to settle his disputes. It's past time, methinks, that someone took a suit out against him.
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