Derek Lee should read stephentaylor.ca more often

He could have had a two week head-start to prepare for John Baird’s attack in the House of Commons on Thursday.

I’m told Baird’s surprise response to questions about Glemaud/Jaffer set the Liberals scrambling on their lobbyist line of attack against the government. The government suggests that opposition MPs should register their meetings with lobbyists while the Liberals seem to disagree. Introducing Lee’s Sun & Partners bio into the debate clouds the Liberal efforts on establishing a narrative against the government on inappropriate lobbying.

Now, Baird is questioning Lee’s presence on a committee that oversees government regulations.

The Liberals are trying to show that the Conservatives are no saints on transparency and accountability, while the Conservatives are trying to show Canadians that the Liberals still cannot advocate from a position of moral clarity on the same issues.

Meanwhile, aside from the sideshow that is Parliament — over there, look! It’s something that Canadians actually care about:

Canada adds a record 108,700 jobs in April

Cocaine, busty hookers and lobbying might make an interesting show for trash TV, but the Parliament Show keeps getting poor ratings. Anyway, didn’t CSI or Law and Order already do that show? (they’ve done every other show…) Besides, their casting is much better. I still can’t believe Michael Ignatieff has returned for another season to reprise his role as the aloof professor that just doesn’t care.

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  • Bec

    EVERYBODY should read stephentaylor.ca more often but I would guess many in the gossip press gallery did and ignored it, aptly predicting, shhhh, this too shall pass if ignored.

    I'll wait with baited breath the 2 month dissection of this MP's life, his past loves, travel tips and destinations, what he drinks and when, what house he lives in and where, his mortgage details, how many times his wife was pregnant, family history, all bad of course………waiting….

    Better yet…I think I'll just stick to being a conservative…..and classy.

  • wilson

    Yah beat me to it Bec!
    Every Lib reads Wherry, and Lee's moonlighting was discussed there.
    The brains in the LPC knew, they relied on their luvin' media to ignore it.

    MPs moonlighting as lobbyists and secret expense accounts could mushroom into another prorogygate,
    but a real movement, not a media generated flash in the pan.

    The Canadian taxpayer has a right to know which MPs moonlight.
    I want to see a list.
    Our MPs get a good wage and exceptional benefits and pensions, on our dime.

  • Guest

    I wondered why your post's information on Lee did not get wider coverage before this Friday.

    Bu,t now it is out there, and how, with Baird taking the reins. Baird does ask interesting questions about Lee's prsence on that committee.

    Many more of us might be asking how many other MPs are working second jobs. Why again are we seeking to elect even more MPs if they have this kind of time on their hands?

  • maryhines

    It seems very strange – all of a sudden – Jane Tabor/Oliver and Tom Clarke has dropped the Jaffer affair…. Maybe they would have to report on one of their own liberal idols if they reported all about the Tories being so unethical….. and would Tom Clarke say anything negative against a liberal – I don't think so!. I wonder if anyone say tom's performance during the panel discussion Friday night…. He was very negative towards the Conservative member… said some mean things – have you ever heard that kind of treatment for a liberal member…. He is so liberal bias, to even watch his show is a disgrace!

  • wilson

    The Libluvin' media get like that when 'their' team is down,
    and they are frustrated with their faux scandals doing no damage
    and Iffy failures (he was one of their's too) but absolutely hate PMSH/Cons 'tactics', with a passion.

    Our media is an arrogant bunch,
    as the US found out, and promptly put them in their place.
    Banned Cdn reporters from Gitmo hearings on poor boy-terrorist!!! Loved it.

  • Bec

    “Loved it”? Indeed!

    The fact that the individual had been mentioned and interviewed previously is not relevant and these SOB's disregarded a clear and concise order to refer to him as “interrogator 1″.

    The fact that journalists write their own rules and make new ones as they go along has become the norm. This ruling couldn't have been clearer but they stuck their nose in the air and ignored it. I'm left wondering how the BOOT felt and the DOOR looked.

    Perhaps a reacquaintance with R.E.S.P.E.C.T. would be time well spent. :)

  • hollinm

    It was fun watching Baird skewer the Liberals. While I believe Lee to be a decent MP and person the fact that he allowed his profile to be published on his firm's website since 2007 shows their arrogance. You cannot tell me that Lee did not know what the profile said. Its not credible.

    We really need to know how many clients the firm got as a result of the Lee profile. Investors are always looking for entrees into government and reading this profile would encourage would be investors to come to the firm. Lee and the firm needs to come clean.

    I did not realize that MPs were allowed to moonlight. At $158,000. a year plus, plus they should be a full time MP with no outside employment period full stop. In fact now Baird is alleging that Lee took a trip to Dubai with an assistant paid for by I believe an oil company. For what purpose that is a question that needs to be put before the Ethics Commissioner.

  • hollinm

    One problem with your questions. Lee is a Liberal and the media feels it is their responsibility to protect him and other Liberals from the Conservative hoardes. Its disgusting watching the limited coverage and the excuses being offered. The Conservatives need to ask the Ethics Commissioner to investigate.

  • hollinm

    He tried to cut Polievre off but he was having none of that and he talked over Clark. He seems to think that only Conservatives have talking points. I tape the show so that I can fast forward through it. It is so disgusting some days.
    They are realizing that the Guergis/Jaffer thingy is a tempest in a teapot and the thing should have been handled by the RCMP, the Ethics Commissioner and the Lobbyist Registrar. Pat Martin is one disgusting individual who is always looking for media attention. Sanctimonious idiot

  • http://pragmatictory.blogspot.com The_Iceman

    Bec, let the record show that I previously endorsed Stephen Taylor as Blogger of the Year for 2009. I stand by my endorsement.

  • Average Joe

    I kinda second that…all in favour?

    Does a fairly good job of digging up the dirt in my estimation meeee thinks

  • Gayle

    Maybe he was surprised because the governing party would be in the best position to know that Lee is not lobbying, what with the fact that if he was lobbying, he would be lobbying THEM.

    But I agree – Lee should have known better. There is no depth to which this government will not sink in order to smear someone else instead of simply taking responsibility for their own actions.

    They know Lee is not a lobbiest. They just don't want Canadians to know that. They are perfectly willing to smear an innocent person, yet again, in order to save their own skins.

  • Gayle

    Maybe he was surprised because the governing party would be in the best position to know that Lee is not lobbying, what with the fact that if he was lobbying, he would be lobbying THEM.

    But I agree – Lee should have known better. There is no depth to which this government will not sink in order to smear someone else instead of simply taking responsibility for their own actions.

    They know Lee is not a lobbiest. They just don't want Canadians to know that. They are perfectly willing to smear an innocent person, yet again, in order to save their own skins.

  • Mary T

    Are you telling us Lee's law firm lied when they said he lobbied foreign governments etc. Imagine, a lawyer lying. And talking about smearing, have you not been reading the papers or listening to tv, or watching QP for the past few years.

  • Gayle

    I am telling you that if Lee lobbied the government, the government would know about it.

    That is pretty basic common sense.

  • James

    LEE is absolutely advertising his “services” as a lobbyist. He is on the scrutiny of regs committee, gee, what a coincidence! And only a grit would know how to underhandedly get regs changes…..
    The only way Count Zsohar can get out of this is to immediately remove Lee from ALL committees and kick Lee out of the grit caucus.
    Then call in the horsemen!
    The longer he waits, the more the Count will be accused of 'dithering'.
    If the Count has gonads, he would cut his losses immediately, or slowly bleed on this and be shamed into purging Lee after he drops below the dippers in pop support…..

  • Gayle

    So. How is it the government cannot produce one little teensy weensy shred of evidence Lee has been lobbying them?

    The logical conclusion is because he hasn't been doing so – though I am tempted to say it is because they are so stupid and so disorganized that they have no idea what is going on.

    Maybe try bringing some facts into the discussion next time.

  • kenn2

    Once more, the governing Conservatives go with “well, they did it, too!” instead of clearing the air. If Lee was a lobbyist while a sitting MP, and that's bad, then why would the CPC not have ended the practice and lead by example?

    Funny, I don't recall the CPC running on a platform of “we're gonna do all the same crap that we hated when the Liberals did them”. I vaguely remember things like accountability, openness…

  • Geneva Convention

    And all because he asked for documents about tortured Afghan's ? What was that? Geneva what? oh yeh I forgot we don't do that anymore.