Mr. Speaker, we just cannot trust the Conservative government.
As NAFTA-gate reaches a boiling point it seems very clear to Canadians that the Prime Minister's chief of staff, Ian Brodie, deliberately leaked sensitive diplomatic conversations to CTV journalists. This first leak came just days before the crucial votes in Texas and Ohio, and triggered a firestorm in the American media.
Then there was a second leak. A Canadian diplomatic memo further hurt Barack Obama's campaign.
The Prime Minister is desperate and he is trying to sweep this issue under the rug. In fact, he has denied any involvement by his chief of staff.
I see a pattern. The Conservatives tried to bribe Chuck Cadman with a $1 million life insurance policy to trigger a federal election. Using his Conservative connections, the mayor of Ottawa tried to buy-off a rival candidate.
The Conservative government's actions are sleazy and deeply disturbing.
After NAFTA-gate, the world will think twice about trusting the Canadian government. Canadians already feel that way.