New details in NAFTA memo leak
All the attention may be on the former foreign affairs minister at the moment, but there's another important story in the Star today, in Jim Travers' column, which deals with nothing less than suggestions of a high-level cover-up surrounding Canada-U.S. relations.
Travers has exposed a bombshell of a detail, which was glossed over in the government's report on Canada's meddling in the Democratic presidential race in the U.S.
Multiple sources confirmed to Travers that even before a sensitive, diplomatic document found its way to the U.S. media in what's being called (tiresomely) NAFTA-gate, it first landed with a Republican contact, by the name of Frank Sensenbrenner, who has ties to a number of people in the Harper government and even worked briefly at the Canadian embassy.
Why was someone in the Canadian government keen to get this to a Republican source? Why wasn't this little piece of information pursued in the report by Privy Council Clerk Kevin Lynch?
No doubt Barack Obama will want to know the same things, especially if he becomes president. In the meantime, we here in Canada will watch for possible answers today in Question Period.
UPDATE: Apparently, the folks at the PMO/PCO are not among nearly half of Canadians who would like to see Obama as president, according to a new Angus Reid poll (.pdf).