CALGARY, March 30 /CNW/ - Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion and conservative
pundit Ezra Levant don't have a lot in common, but they do have the same pain
in the neck - Raymonde Folco, the dissident Liberal MP from Laval-Les Iles.
Last week, Folco lashed out at Dion's leadership, telling the Globe and
Mail that the Liberals need "more energy, more effort than we have up until
now." Her complaint is difficult to disagree with. But Folco doesn't just
Last month, she attacked Levant, too, in Question Period. On February 28
she claimed that Levant took a bribe to step aside for Stephen Harper in 2002.
Unlike her comments about Dion, Folco's attack on Levant was factually
untrue and defamatory. Levant did not receive any payment whatsoever to step
aside for the Prime Minister. And, despite Folco's statement, Levant wasn't
even an MP.
Despite five written requests to Folco to correct the record, she has
refused - abusing her Parliamentary privilege to defame Levant.
"I would have written to Dion to ask him to rein in Folco," Levant
quipped, "but it's pretty clear he has no control over her. It's Folco's right
to attack Dion as a weak leader. But she has no right to defame private
citizens like me, hiding behind Parliamentary immunity."
For further information:
For further information: including to receive copies of the five letters
to Folco, e-mail Ezra Levant at firstname.lastname@example.org