Liberal Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette is at it again. Yesterday Hervieux-Payette filed a complaint with the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council against the CTV network and Robert Fife claiming biased reporting on the part of CTV.
There is so much here I am not sure where to start. This woman has truly gone off the deep end.
First on her claim against CTV she states that “CTV tried to convince Canadians that Liberal senators killed Bill C-25 and supported criminals. CTV claimed that Conservative senators wanted to support the bill, while they clearly refused to do so. This is false. In fact, Conservative senators blocked debate and suspended the work of the Senate for 10 days but CTV misrepresented these facts as reported by Canadian Press.” First off why is she going after the CTV when they were reporting facts as reported by the CP? Should she not be going after them? Secondly, yes the conservatives did refuse a request to debate the bill but she is purposely leaving out some very important information about this. The bill that they wanted to debate was not the original bill, it was the one that was already amended by a handful of Liberals. Why in the world would any conservative senator want to debate the AMENDED bill by the Liberals and not the one that went through Parliament and had received UNANIMOUS approval. A little detail left out that means everything to the context of her claims.
She is grasping at straws and is going to look very foolish with her attacks on CTV but Hervieux-Payette is not done yet. In her press release she says the following: “We are dealing with a Conservative government that manipulates the Canadian public by putting its party`s logo on government cheques, models the symbols used by our Olympic athletes on its own logo, sweeps reports on torture in Afghanistan under the carpet and conducts misleading advertising campaigns … and CTV is paid to broadcast these schemes.”
Lets break this down. “We are dealing with a Conservative government that manipulates the Canadian public by putting its party`s logo on government cheques." Pure BS. This did not happen and there is no basis for the claim unless Hervieux-Payette somehow believes that those 2 giant novelty cheques were really issued by the government and are legal tender, otherwise this is nothing more than an outright lie. Either way it does not look good on her.
"models the symbols used by our Olympic athletes on its own logo" OMG, she actually went there. This one has already been dis proven so long ago that even Hedy Fry has walked away from it because of its foolishness. Really, I have to question anyone's sanity who tries to argue this one with a straight face after hearing from all those involved in the logo design and selection process. It is a lie and not a very good one at that.
And perhaps the best for last: "...and CTV is paid to broadcast these schemes." Read that again. "...and CTV is paid to broadcast these schemes." Wow! Reading this it looks to me as if she is claiming that the CTV is being paid (by someone, we don't know who) to broadcast these conservative "schemes" onto an unsuspecting public. I could be wrong but I don't read it any other way and I hope Hervieux-Payette has a good lawyer because that claim goes way over the top and it would be easy for CTV to claim damage to their reputation because of it.
Is there not anyone on the Liberal side who looks at this stuff before it gets out there to the public? I know things are a bit shaky over at the OLO at this point, but come on. She is making you look like fools.
For some background on Hervieux-Payette you can check out a recent post I made on her and her slam of Alberta. BTW those comments were so bad that Liberal Senator Tommy Banks from Alberta was going to express his opinion on them "directly to Senator Hervieux-Payette at the first opportunity."
Needless to say Mr. Donolo is going to have his hands full with this winner.
Update: Somebody else has similar thoughts on Hervieux-Payette. h/t Joanne