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Shenanigans in Eglinton-Lawrence: Liberal caught taking and trashing Green Party literature

Shenanigans in Eglinton-Lawrence: Liberal caught taking and trashing Green Party literature

Here’s something the Grits didn’t want: one of the few GTA ridings that’s a possible pickup for the Conservatives sees the Liberal incumbent in hot water for elections tomfoolery. Basically, the story, as documented by Green Party canvasser Orla Hegarty on her Picasa page, is that while out canvassing for the Liberals, a volunteer working for (and only metres away from) Joe Volpe was taking Green literature in people’s mailboxes and throwing it out. This is both tacky and entirely unnecessary. Are the Libs really worried about Green vote splitting?

CBC reporter Kady O’Malley got in touch with the Volpe campaign, who have responded with the time-honoured Ottawa tradition of throwing the assistant in question to the wolves, or in this case, “releasing them from the campaign.” Somewhat appropriately, that sentence makes working for an election campaign sound like a term in prison.

• Orla Hegarty: 19,000 words for democracy. [Picasa] • DirtyTrickWatch: Joe Volpe canvasser’s anti-Green Party leaflet shenanigans caught on film? [CBC]

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