The battle is still waging in Mississauga - Erindale between the Canadian Coalition and Omar Alghabra. Yesterday, Canadian Coalition printed a rather lame retraction after goofing up what they saw, heard, and supposed. Now this day, they are recinding their position. Personally I think that they should cool it and shut up. It is only going to make matters worst and their credibility will be questioned more.
Here is the new scope from THE MISSISSAUGA NEWS
Liberals rally behind Alghabra Religion never mentioned, candidate says By Chris Clay, Dec 22, 2005
Just days after publicly accusing the federal Liberal candidate for Mississauga-Erindale of making pro-Islamic remarks during his nomination acceptance speech, the Canadian Coalition for Democracies (CCD) has rescindedI plan to keep any eye on this mess. It smells slightly fishy. I am smarting yet for originally posting CDC's press release. Right now my bet is with Omar for being in the clear. He appears to have credible folks stepping up to the plate. However, CDC seems to be flopping around like John Kerry does down here. First they hear it then they don't. After sleeping on it, they figure out a different angle, kind of like they now heard it, but, in a different context. At the end of the day, if it was said, Canadian voters, you got a problem. If it was not said, CDC you have a serious credibility problem.
The CCD now alleges the candidate uttered his remarks after he had left the stage and finished his speech. (Would be nice if you name names and supply us with affidavits. I am not going to follow you around on this one now.)
However, the president of the Mississauga-Erindale riding association and other Liberal party stalwarts insist the remarks were, in fact, made by another Liberal party member from Markham.
Outgoing Mississauga-Erindale MP Carolyn Parrish and Elias Hazineh, president of the Mississauga-Erindale Federal Liberal Riding Association, staunchly defended
candidate Omar Alghabra. (Carolyn and Elias are stepping up to the plate. And, Hazineh says he was physically present and attests to Omar's side of the story. Carolyn says she heard utterances, but not from Omar.) Read the rest of the story in Mississauga News Online.
For all concerned, when a man or organization's credibiliy is gone, so, is the man or organization, unless you are liberal democrats down here in the U S of A. Then they elevate the man or organization like the "Peter Principle."
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