The Canadian Press has learned that a former Conservative staffer under RCMP investigation is working on the federal campaign in a key riding.Hastman's campaign manager essentially said that, oh, Togneri is an "old friend" who just wanted to pitch in with the candidate's campaign. This is not the best way to start a campaign - the Liberals may be down in the polls, but we're the less controversial bunch so far.
Sebastien Togneri demanded that government officials block the release of a document and censor it heavily in 2009 while he was a senior aide to a cabinet minister.
Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose called in the Mounties to determine if charges should be laid after an investigation by Canada's information commissioner found that Togneri clearly interfered with the request without legal authority to do so.
Now Togneri has turned up working for the campaign of Ryan Hastman in Edmonton-Strathcona, a riding the Tories are trying to win back from the NDP.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Who needs friends when you have Sebastien Togneri?
Isn't this just a cozy little situation? From the CBC: