Letter to the Editor – Joe Hueglin of Niagara Falls on Harper Government Quote Abuse – April 14, 2011

Letter to the Editor – Joe Hueglin of Niagara Falls on Harper Government Quote Abuse – April 14, 2011

Dear Editor,

Statements made by both Auditor General Shelia Fraser and Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page. have been quoted out of time and place in a Conservative Party Committee Report.

Research had to have been undertaken to locate suitable quotes or a file kept of usable quotes and while “The two other quotes contained in the Conservative supplementary report were cited from committee testimony and were clearly dated.” premeditated planning was involved in that “There were no dates provided for Mr. Page’s or Ms. Fraser’s quotes.”

With all due respect, it is impossible in these circumstances to accept what “A spokesman for Conservative MP Chris Warkentin said, ‘we assure you that it was most definitely not our intention to quote you erroneously or out of context.’ ”  The question that arises is whether these actions, for there were two instances, are best termed those of having plagiarized, “take without referencing from someone else’s writing or speech)” or purloined “make off with belongings of others”

Sir Walter Scott’s “Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive” applies.  Whether plagiarized or purloined be the preferred word stating “we assure you it was definitely not our intent” adds untruth to deception and a tangle to the web of deceit.

Those believing “All’s fair in love and war” applies will be sorry only that the ploys were outed. Those holding to the proverb “Once bitten twice shy”will act to avoid similar experiences in the future.

Each person judges according to personal value systems. Which an individual holds to, “All’s fair” or “twice shy”, may determine whether or not support can be given to the political party, the Conservative Party of Canada,  which perpetrated the misdeeds.

Yours truly,

Joe Hueglin,
Niagara Falls

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Statements made by both Auditor General Shelia Fraser and Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page. have been quoted out of time and place in a Conservative Party Committee Report. (1)

Research had to have been undertaken to locate suitable quotes or a file kept of usable quotes and while “The two other quotes contained in the Conservative supplementary report were cited from committee testimony and were clearly dated.” premeditated planning was involved in that “There were no dates provided for Mr. Page’s or Ms. Fraser’s quotes.” (2)

With all due respect, it is impossible in these circumstances to accept what “A spokesman for Conservative MP Chris Warkentin said, ‘we assure you that it was most definitely not our intention to quote you erroneously or out of context.’ ”  The question that arises is whether these actions, for there were two instances, are best termed those of having plagiarized, “take without referencing from someone else’s writing or speech” or purloined “make off with belongings of others” (1)

Sir Walter Scott’s “Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive” applies.  Whether plagiarized or purloined be the preferred word stating “we assure you it was definitely not our intent” adds untruth to deception and a tangle to the web of deceit.

Those believing “All’s fair in love and war” applies will be sorry only that the ploys were outed. Those holding to the proverb “Once bitten twice shy”will act to avoid similar experiences in the future.

Each person judges according to personal value systems. Which an individual holds to, All’s fair” or “twice shy” may determine whether or not support can be given to the political party, the Conservative Party of Canada,  which perpetrated the misdeeds.

SOURCES OF QUOTATIONS AND SAYINGS:

(1) PBO chief quoted out of context in G8/G20 report
Report that misquotes AG Sheila Fraser bungles Kevin Page’s statement as well
http://www2.macleans.ca/2011/04/13/pbo-chief-quoted-out-of-context-in-g8g20-report/

(2) Did Tory G8/G20 report try to mislead on budget watchdog’s quote, too?
http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/04/13/did-g8g20-report-try-to-mislead-on-budget-watchdogs-quote-too/

S: (v) plagiarizeplagiariselift (take without referencing from someone else’s writing or speech; of intellectual property)
S: (v) pilfercabbagepurloinpinchabstractsnarfswipehooksneakfilchnobblelift (make off with belongings of others)
http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=purloin

Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive”
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Who_wrote_”Oh_what_a_tangled_web_we_weave_when_first_we_practice_to_deceive”#ixzz1JTzqKBTj

All’s fair in love and war – Idioms – by the Free Dictionary …
http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/All’s+fair+in+love+and+war

Once bitten, twice shy
http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/Once+bitten,+twice+shy

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The Speaker, Mr. Milliken (a mere 17 days from retirement) could ask all 4 political parties to agree (and I’m sure they would) to ask the Auditor General , Sheila Fraser, to circumvent parliamentary tradition and release the final version of the leaked G8/G20 draft report, as the current Act governering her office requires that all reports be tabled to a sitting House of Commons.This would at least seperate fact from speculation, allowing the government on get on with their job – GOVERNANCE!

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To deny it would be instant death by ones own hand!