Richard Fadden, spy chief, says some Canadian politicians have been bought by foreign governments.
The first reaction to this is "Tell us!!!" That's a reasonable response and the one I immediately had when watching The National last night.
However, after thinking about it, I became much more uneasy about this information being released. Fadden's appearance on CBC, their whole CSIS story, was beyond bizarre. He obviously appeared on The National with very specific aims, and I'm pretty sure it wasn't a PR job to give the spooks a sparkly new image in time for the G20.
The obvious result of these revelations is that, at some point in the future, members of a particular party are going to be fingered by the press as being bought and paid for by foreign interests. At this point it looks like it will be in BC. When this happens the Liberal brand in that province, and elsewhere federally, will be destroyed. CSIS just put a time bomb at the feet of the Liberal Party of Canada. That reeks.
I'm not being partisan. I'd put money down on members of the Alberta government and the upstart Wildrose being under the sway of foreign governments. We know the kind of influence the Americans already have on federal politicians. This has nothing to do with party. A Liberal is no more susceptible to bribery than anyone else. Foreign governments will target those with the best chance of getting into power, they won't be partisan with their offers.
CSIS should have quietly informed the government in question of the issue and the people in question should have quietly disappeared from public life. It's the obvious solution. Instead, Fadden shows up on CBC and drops none too subtle hints about the people involved.
What's Fadden's game and did CSIS do this without some friendly prompting from Wellington Street?
UPDATE: Remember when Fadden said CSIS was concerned? Yeah, well not that concerned.
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