Tony Genco: Michael Ignatieff’s second, third, or tenth choice?

From Jordi Morgan’s Maritime Morning show on Rogers News Talk Radio in the Maritimes,

Michael Ignatieff initially courted Julian Fantino before being turned down by the former OPP commissioner now running for the Conservative Party in Vaughan. Mr. Ignatieff continues in the interview to say that the Liberals spoke to many people to run for them in Vaughan. Why did he have to settle for former Liberal staffer, Tony Genco? If Vaughan has been a Liberal seat for over 20 years, why did Ignatieff have any trouble filling the candidacy?

Jane Taber reports,

Stephen Harper’s star candidate, Julian Fantino, was asked by Michael Ignatieff to run for the Liberals in Vaughan – but turned him down, according to the Conservatives.

Now, on the eve of Monday’s vote, the former Toronto police chief and OPP commissioner is being subjected to what the Conservatives consider character assassination by the Liberals.

And so the Tories are fighting back. They are charging hypocrisy and are breaking their silence on a secret they’ve kept since the beginning of the by-election campaign.

“We were aware from the beginning of the campaign that Mr. Ignatieff asked him to run for the Liberals,” Conservative Party spokesman Fred DeLorey said. “We had no intention of making it public – but to see the Liberals actually attack his character and integrity, a man who has committed his career to public service and fighting crime, is just too much.

UPDATE: Greg Rickford’s SO-31 in the House today,

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  • Liz J

    Liberals are sore losers, they’ve proven it time and again and this episode is no different.
    They’re not at all mature about it, they’re acting like dejected teenage suitors, not a touch of class apparent.

    What gives Liberals or any of their media shills the right to do character assassination of an opponent running for public office? That’s crossing the line and charges should be laid. Hypocrisy? You betcha and that should be the least of their worries, that kind of stuff should be taken straight to litigation.

  • Liz J

    Liberals are sore losers, they’ve proven it time and again and this episode is no different.
    They’re not at all mature about it, they’re acting like dejected teenage suitors, not a touch of class apparent.

    What gives Liberals or any of their media shills the right to do character assassination of an opponent running for public office? That’s crossing the line and charges should be laid. Hypocrisy? You betcha and that should be the least of their worries, that kind of stuff should be taken straight to litigation.

  • Anonymous

    Interesting that the Libs approached Fantino and he didn’t bite. Now that they have been rejected it is nothing but smears and character assination. That’s not new for the Liberal party.
    Now that his has been revealed and the fact that the Libs talked to many others it is obvious that Genco was a last ditch choice. Nobody probably wanted to run for the Libs and so they had to parachute in a former staffer.

  • calgary_junkie

    As PMSH said shortly after becoming PM, the Libs are going to fight back like cornered rats. We’ve seen that time and again, with this hypocritical character attack on Fantino just being the latest example.

    But politics is a funny game, very hard to play successfully. If you overdo an attack, it can easily backfire and turn voters off. That could easily happen in Vaughan, if Fantino gets the “sympathy” vote, much like Chretien did in 1993 when he was attacked because of his facial deformity.

    It looks good on the Libs, to see them demoralized and disillusioned because of the ineptness of their visiting professor, who clearly doesn’t have enough of the skills required of a Party leader.

  • JJ

    “He’s a…. he’s a…. he’s a… interesting guy”

    Clearly, he was thinking of the words competent, prominent, or well-known, but was desperately fishing for a more neutral or even negative term.

  • http://canadiansense.blogspot.com/ Canadiansense

    In hindsight Tony should have taken his daughter to the Beiber concert.

  • Exiled Maritimer

    Don’t tell the Vaughan voters that Genco was second choice even for the Liberals

  • real conservative

    What is interesting in this debate is not who the Liberals called on and who responded but who called on the Liberals… short list not much to speak of.

  • batb

    Now they’ve got Justin Trudeau on the hustings speaking on behalf of Genco: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIlb2Fys9uI

    ‘Surely a death knell for a Liberal win. The former drama student, aka Pierre Trudeau’s heir (in more ways than one), aka Member of Parliament, trots out the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and insists that we’re “all equal.” Well, that’s right, Justy, if you’re a l/Liberal, Dipper, Blockhead, or a visible-minority “victim” here in Canada.

    The Liberal$ are so past their sell-by date, there’s a bad smell every time one of them opens their mouth. This attempt by Justin Trudeau to smear Julian Fantino, using his father’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms (sic), rights and freedoms which seem only to apply to either like-minded left-libbers or criminals (Fantino is right), is risible and stinks to high heaven.

    It’s clear that Justin Trudeau has no idea just how ridiculous and pathetic this little speech is.