Thursday, January 19, 2006

Liberals falsely accuse Conservative candidate of sexual abuse

Updates below:

So this is how low the Liberals are willing to go and how desperate they are.

The Liberal Campaign in the Saskatoon-Wanuskewin riding of Saskatchewan has reached a boiling point after the campaign office was caught calling in to a television show falsely accusing the Conservative candidate of sexual abuse. Tuesday night on Shaw Cable, a caller phoned in falsely accusing front-runner Conservative incumbent MP Maurice Vellacott of sexually assaulting his church secretary at North Park Church.

Vellacott has never been accused by any woman of sexual assault and was never a Pastor at North Park Church. Bishop Jerold Gliege former long-term Pastor of North Park Church and now of Holy Covenant Orthodox Church, confirms that Vellacott never served there. Gliege says, "Vellacott is an upstanding, honourable man who has served this Saskatoon-Wanuskewin constituency very diligently." Bishop Gliege suggests that Vellacott is being targeted with slander due to his pro-life and family views. "Because he is an articulate defender of life, marriage and family, he is the target of attacks by those who have differing views," he said.

Vellacott responded quickly to the televised accusation by looking directly into the camera, stating to the technicians that he needed to get the name and phone number of that caller for defamation proceedings.

After the cable show ended, Vellacott was handed the requested phone number by Shaw Cable producer Gracie Field. Upon arrival back at his campaign office he was told that a person had reported in and was confident that the accusers voice was that of a friend of Liberal candidate Chris Axworthy. When the (306) 956-2570 number provided by the Shaw Cable staff member was dialed, it was found to be Chris Axworthy's campaign office phone number.
There is nothing, nothing, that excuses this. The Liberals have no decency and no integrity left. They belong in the dustbin of history.

UPDATE: Officially Screwed is following this with more updates.

UPDATE 2: Response statement on Vellacott's website is here.

UPDATE 3: CP is now reporting this:
An already tense race in the riding of Saskatoon-Wanuskewin has taken a downright nasty turn.

Liberal candidate Chris Axworthy has apologized to Conservative incumbent Maurice Vellacott after someone used a phone in Axworthy's campaign office to falsely accuse Vellacott of sexual assault on a live televised candidates' forum earlier this week.

Axworthy concedes the call came from his office but believes someone not connected to his campaign sneaked in and made the call.
I know, it must have been Karl Rove!

UPDATE 4: National Post report here.


At 6:38 PM, Anonymous Jeff said... Is that all there is? A pro-Life site?

Funny how only right-wing & christian bloggers are reporting this 'story'.


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