By Jason Lietaer - Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 0 Comments
Conservatives have been salivating for a crack at Trudeau, says Jason Lietaer. ‘Now we get our chance’
Justin Trudeau’s leadership run has been decades in the making. Most of us knew we’d end up here about 12 years ago. Looking back, I remember Oct. 3, 2000 very well. I was in “issues management” in Mike Harris’ office in Ontario. I was pretty confident there weren’t going to be any real issues to manage – it was the day of Pierre Trudeau’s funeral.
By Jason Lietaer - Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 3:23 PM - 0 Comments
Last spring, just days before the federal election, I filed into the Conservative party war room and took my seat. Everyone who’s had this experience knows the drill: an empty desk, a forlorn looking computer, some sort of phone and five weeks of exhilaration and hell staring you in the face.
Now, we’ve had some highly publicized disagreements with Elections Canada in the past, so the campaign leadership made it clear to everyone before they stepped into the building that accountability standards were to be incredibly high. We added new language to our volunteer and employee agreements, and even had an in-house independent accountability officer available to us at all times.
Have we been accused of being aggressive and rough-and-tumble in the past? Of course. Did we go after Liberal leaders with everything we had? You bet. But did the campaign organize a widespread voter suppression exercise in the 2011 campaign? No way. Continue…