Liberals asked to put stop to dirty tricks
Former aide to Collenette e-mails devil caricature of Alliance leader
Robert Fife, Ottawa Bureau Chief
OTTAWA - Stockwell Day, the Canadian Alliance
leader, called on Jean Chrétien yesterday to order
Liberal party supporters to end the nasty personal
attacks and dirty tricks directed against him.
Mr. Day has been the subject of brown envelopes,
anonymous e-mails and other mudslinging as Sunday's
election call approaches and public opinion polls show
the Alliance is the strongest challenge to the governing
The latest Liberal missive against Mr. Day came in an
an e-mail sent by David Black, a former aide to David
Collenette, the Minister of Transport, that depicts the
Alliance leader as a devil with fluorescent horns on the
cover of the Alliance's election platform booklet.
David Black is now a consultant with SAMCI, a
well-connected Liberal lobbying firm. He forwarded the
caricature of Mr. Day to other Liberals, including the
executive assistant to Jim Peterson, the junior finance
minister, and members of Summa Strategies, a
lobbying company owned by Doug Young, a former
Liberal Cabinet minister, and Paul Zed, a former Liberal
Mr. Zed will be running against Elsie Wayne, the popular Conservative MP from Saint
"I have been saying for a number of months that the Liberals would become intensely,
personally negative," Mr. Day told the National Post yesterday.
"If the Prime Minister is a person of honour, he should send a very direct message to
all his MPs [and Liberal campaign workers] that this will be a campaign of respect. Go
hard on the issues but stay away from personal attacks."
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