Pat Martin brunt of dirty politics   Leave a comment


Pat Martin is a crusty federal politician from Winnipeg who uses foul language from time to time.  Someone is trying to capitalize on this.

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Fake flyers in NDP MP Pat Martin’s name, one laced with profanities, are headed for an official investigation with a federal elections commissioner, Martin’s campaign manager said Sunday.

The flyers, including one laced with four-letter swear words, appeared in the Winnipeg Centre federal riding under Martin’s official letterhead last Friday.

They were written in an apparent effort to discredit the NDP MP and mock the party’s political platform, Martin campaign manager Lorraine Sigurdson said Sunday.

Neither of them is legitimate.

“I called the Commissioner of Elections and I’ll be lodging a complaint Monday,” Sigurdson said in a phone interview.

“It’s up to the commissioner to investigate, to find out where these things came from, We’re not going to be investigating them. We’re going to focus on all the things we need to do in Winnipeg Centre.”

The Commissioner of Elections Canada oversees elections to ensure political candidates, parties and their supporters uphold their ethical responsibilities under Canada’s Election Act.

The profanity-laced flyer, printed in multi-coloured ink with bold-faced profanities and some of the saltiest phrases in the English language, opens with obvious satire.

“Absolutely not,” said Sigurdson. “I don’t know where this came from. Someone’s got a lot of time on their hands.”

It will be up to the Commissioner of Elections Canada, the regulatory watchdog for federal elections, to dig into the source of the flyers, she said.

DAVID LIPNOWSKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS 151004 Lorraine Sigurdson is Pat Martin's campaign manager, and is pictured with Pat at HQ on Portage Avenue Sunday October 4, 2015.

The second fake flyer, printed in an 8×10 inch format, looks less inflammatory with its neatly printed sentences.

But it’s filled with off-the-wall campaign promises, most of which echo anti-Bolshevik propaganda, the kind popular in mid 20th-century election campaigns in parts of Canada and the United States.

It promised, for instance, to nationalize banks, shut down “dirty tar sands” and send workers to “re-education camps,” as well as to cut diplomatic ties with the “Zionist war monger state of Israel.”

It also pledged $1 billion for three years (with more to follow) to foment revolutions with “our socialist freedom fighting brothers and sisters in developing countries.”

Emailed copies of the two different flyers were provided to the Free Press by a city man who photographed them with his smartphone Friday night after spotting them at a Subway fast-food outlet in the 1100 block of Portage Avenue. The man, who asked not to be identified, said he saw a small stack of the flyers sitting by the newspapers near the entrance to the Subway outlet while dining with his wife and two young children Friday evening.

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Posted October 5, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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