Did Martin Know?

On Saturday I mentioned that PM Martin doled out 450 patronage appointments in one month in the hopes of surviving the confidence vote in the House. (see It's Just a Coincidence! Really!) A visitor to the blog referred me to a story in the Edmonton Journal that questions the credibility of Conservative MP Gurmant Grewal.
  1. First and foremost, the point of my post was to point out how desperate Martin and his Liberals have become. Not once did I mention Grewal's claim that the Liberal's tried to bribe him with one of those appointments.
  2. Secondly, as I stated in the comments section, the meeting lasted about 4 hours. If the Liberals really are telling the truth when they say that Grewal approached them rather than the other way around, why did the meeting last so long? It sure the hell doesn't take 4 hours to tell someone to get lost.
There is now evidence suggesting that not only did the Liberals try to buy Grewal's vote, but Martin knew all about it.
Although the Liberal government won a crucial budget vote less than two weeks ago, the Opposition parties are not letting the prime minister breathe easy just yet.

The Opposition is pushing for an RCMP inquiry into the audiotapes that Conservative MP Gurmant Grewal alleges proves Liberals were trying to woo defectors with deals prior to the budget vote.

CTV News' Ottawa Bureau Chief Robert Fife reports that the Prime Minister knew of the negotiations.

According to Fife, the full four hours of transcripts of Grewal's taped conversations with a top Martin aide and Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh show:
  • Martin was ready to talk to Grewal about defecting like he did with Belinda Stronach
  • Grewal was offered a government position two weeks after the vote

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