Thursday, June 02, 2005

June 2, 2005. The Current interviews Grewals' constituents


Tremonti: OK, now, you know as we discuss this, of course, voters all have different opinions, and of course, as is clear, your party is standing behind Mr. Grewal. We wanted to know how his constituents feel about all of this and we went to the streets of his British Columbia riding of Newton-North Delta and I just want you to hear a little bit of what people there had to say.

Voice 1: Uh, I think Grewal has made some mistakes in judgement in how he's handled this, but I think the fault is with the government for trying to bribe him to go over on their side. So, umm, he could have used better judgement. But I don't think he did anything wrong. I think it's definitely clandestine. This certainly isn't the first time that anybody's recorded a conversation that they've had with other officials. In fact, he'd be kind of stupid not to, if you want to protect your good name.

Voice 2: Both of them are responsible; both are members of parliament of a country like Canada. If the government has asked somebody then there's nothing wrong in a democratic country, or in any democratic form of system, to ask somebody if you'd support this particular motion or not. Nothing wrong with making an offer, 'if you want to support us in this bill, then you'd go into parliament. But if they discuss selling your opinion, then that's wrong. Selling your vote, either in the parliament or even on the outside, for one vote, that's against the spirit of the democratic system.

Voice 3: It's pretty underhanded. And who's to say, you know, I mean, who's to say that Grewal didn't pursue the Liberals and who's to say the Liberals didn't pursue him. I mean, I just think it's underhanded just to be taping in the first place. And obviously there's some kind of intent if you're taping.