The NDP made a splash in question period today when they released a
fund-raising letter accidentally sent from Immigration Minister Jason Kenney’s office to NDP MP Linda Duncan, instead of Conservative MP John Duncan. Big oops.
The letter said the CPC needed $200,000 from party riding associations to make its ethnic campaign –“Building the Conservative Brand in Cultural Communities” — a success. (Hey, that’s only about $650 per. Pony up, everyone.)
The NDP released only the letter and not the unspecified attached “presentation materials” about the party’s strategy to win over ethnic voters in close ridings. The NDP press office wanted to spool those documents out over a couple of days, to keep the story alive.
But NDP MP Pat Martin had a copy and was happy to show the attached PowerPoint deck at the end of his scrum.
Only “A Few Tasteful Snaps” has the, uh, tasteful snaps.
UPDATE: The pages of the document Martin was waving around appears to be a simple demographic breakdown of certain ridings. It lists the population by “South Asian,” “Jewish,” “Chinese” and “Ukranian.” It also notes that of the top-ten ridings where 20 per cent or more of the population is ethnic, three were decided by fewer than 800 votes and one — Vancouver South — swung on fewer than 10 votes. That’s Liberal Ujjal Dosanjh’s turf.
Also interesting in the bold-faced message, “If GTA South Asians were to form a city, it would be the third largest city in the country.” Cool.
FURTHER UPDATE: The NDP has released the full document. Here for your reading pleasure: