Halifax – Public Works and Government Services Minister Scott Brison today demanded the withdrawal of the Conservative Party's "actors in a bar" commercial because it contains "a flat-out lie". The commercial features actors reacting to a newspaper headline alleging that Paul Martin's Liberals received stolen funds.
"This allegation was made during the judicial inquiry, and was dismissed by Mr. Justice Gomery as not 'worthy of belief'," said Brison, who served as chief spokesman for the government during the Gomery inquiry.
Referring to page 313 (chapter 10.8) of the Gomery Commission's first report, Brison said "It's one thing to air an attack ad but this is an attack ad that misrepresents and distorts Justice Gomery's own report. The Conservatives are well aware that Paul Martin was fully exonerated by Justice Gomery and would rather present falsehoods as facts than speak the truth," he added.
Brison called on the Conservatives to withdraw the ad, but noted he doubts the Opposition will do so.
"The party that accused Paul Martin of supporting child pornography, tried to link the Liberals to organized crime and is in the midst of a groundless witch-hunt against Ralph Goodale isn't likely to do the right thing here," he said. "Still, I could be pleasantly surprised if the ad were withdrawn."