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—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Monday, September 23, 2002

Harper steps in it

Could the Canadian Alliance have traded one leader with a subsceptibility to foot-in-mouth disease for another? It seems so. Eric Duhaime, who was press secretary to former leader Stockwell Day, has called for an apology after Harper referred to Alliance staffers who came over from other parties as "castoffs, retreads and traitors."

This seems a little divisive; a lot of Alliance staffers came over from other parties, including strategist Rick Anderson, a former Liberal who played a large part in the old Reform Party's growth in the 1990s.

Mr. Harper political staffers in a speech that he would hire people into his office from the ranks of long-time Alliance and Reform supporters, rather than "castoffs, retreads and traitors" from other parties.

"By attacking us, he's also attacking all the voters that came from other parties" in the 2000 election, said one staffer who started out working for another party.

Harper's loose lips have also put him in trouble this month when he accused the polling firm Ipsos-Reid of being biased towards the Liberals, saying that "Liberal pollsters get Liberal results." There's a problem with Harper's accusation -- Ipsos isn't the Liberals' pollster; it's Michael Marzolini of Pollara. Ipsos threatened to sue Harper, claiming that he was damaging Ipsos' reputation.

Harper retracted his statement earlier this week.
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