Monday, March 28, 2011

First GTA Conservative Gaffe

And so it begins.

Parm Gill, Conservative Party candidate for the riding of Brampton-Springdale (current MP Ruby Dhalla), apparently stood up in front of a campaign crowd today and said this jewel:

"I'm very proud that people come to me for help, even though I'm not being a member or have a government budget," Gill said, according to the transcript.

"I have three staff full-time just taking calls and helping me process immigration files or anything else," said Gill.
See, that wouldn't be a huge issue if Parm Gill was the Member of Parliament or had any official status or standing to actually do these things. Accomplishments are nice, but its quite clear that Gill stepped over a big boundary - it's one thing to direct constituents and voters to the right sources, it's quite another to process immigration files and possibly visas.

So it's clear at the offset that Gill either misspoke or he's been using immigration visas to buy votes, part of that Very Ethnic strategy Jason Kenney was touting. I'm quite sure we haven't heard the last of it, and even if Gill is innocent, it's quite funny how easily he's just made himself a target for Liberal attacks.

Parm Gill - Lightning Rod. I like that title better than MP, no?


  1. This is sadly a standard tactic in the Conservative playbook. Back when I was living in northern BC a couple years before the last election, they opened some sort of half-baked "representative's" office in NDP MP Nathan Cullen's riding. Basically the premise was the same.

  2. The idea of having party representation in a riding that you don't hold isn't necessarily a bad or a malicious one, we played with the idea here, where we would help out where we could as a source of information and Liberal guidance.

    But when you try and represent yourself as some sort of official source of getting visas for being a sanctioned arm of the government, you're taking it too far. Gill and these folks in Skeena have a duty to say, sure you can do this, but your MP is the one to talk to - not buy them off with help they legally can't offer.

  3. Can't we just superimpose Gill's face on that government ad about illegal immigration supporters?

  4. Haha, that's not a bad idea, rockfish.