Soudas's exit leaves Harper scrambling to contain fallout


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Soudas's exit leaves Harper scrambling to contain fallout

The abrupt departure of longtime Stephen Harper loyalist Dimitri Soudas as executive director of the Conservative party has left the prime minister scrambling to limit the political damage to the party, the government and his own reputation.

It also raises more questions about Harper's judgment, opposition parties say, as another one of his handpicked appointees has left amid controversy.

The prime minister and party were forced to move quickly on the Soudas matter after Conservative caucus members raised serious concerns, along with the rank-and-file.

Soudas was forced out Sunday as executive director of the party after he became personally involved in the nomination battle of his fiancee Eve Adams, a Conservative MP. She had been looking to carry the Tory banner in the Toronto-area riding of Oakville North-Burlington, which she does not currently represent.

Soudas had only been in the job about four months.

Soudas told The Huffington Post Canada on Monday that he is "madly in love" and needed to "stand with the woman whose hand I'll be holding when I'm an old fart."

His sudden exit, and mounting controversy about how other party nomination contests have been run, raises political problems for the Conservatives as they prepare for the 2015 election campaign, according to some longtime party stalwarts who say they are simply fed up.

Dan Morrison, a former Conservative party riding association president recently disqualified by Soudas in his attempt to challenge Calgary MP Rob Anders for the nomination in Calgary Signal Hill, says there is "massive disappointment" with the party among grassroots members in his constituency. They're upset with Soudas's meddling in the Ontario race and how the party (and Soudas) favoured Anders in the Calgary nomination, he said. "Very simply, Stephen Harper has a responsibility to protect this party and so does (party president) John Walsh, and they are allowing things to occur that are going to destroy them next election," Morrison said Monday.

Harper must quickly find someone new to spearhead the Conservative party's election preparedness for what is supposed to be a fall 2015 campaign.

The story of how Soudas ran afoul of Harper is not complicated, Conservative sources say.

They say that when Soudas was hired in December to become the party's executive director, both the party and Harper made it very clear that he could not violate standards of basic fairness. At the time, it was clear that his fiancee, Adams, would be seeking re-election in the 2015 campaign and would likely have to run in a contested Conservative party nomination in a Toronto riding.

Soudas was explicitly instructed that he not become involved in a nomination battle involving Adams, and he agreed, sources say.

But in recent days, as news stories broke about her efforts to gain the nomination in Oakville North-Burlington, there were signs Soudas had also become involved. Harper determined that the agreement had been violated and that Soudas could no longer hold the job of executive director.

Soudas's exit leaves Harper scrambling to contain fallout
Last edited by mentalfloss; Apr 1st, 2014 at 05:51 PM..
 
Goober
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He had few friends from his time as the Communication guy for the PM.
His pecker got in the way of his brain.
Then he fired one guy, well respected.
From the link below.

Wally Butts, regional director for the Conservatives, wrote to the party's director of political operations, Fred DeLorey, complaining about the nomination battle and how the district association meeting had gone, asking for DeLorey's help in dealing with what he saw as a precarious situation given that Soudas was his boss.

A day later, Butts was fired by Soudas.

Inside Dimitri Soudas's last days atop the Conservative Party - Politics - CBC News

Sources suggest the perfunctory firing of Soudas as the party's executive director came after a dramatic weekend of surreptitious meetings and an investigation by the party leadership to gather evidence Soudas had expressly violated his employment contract by using his powerful position to interfere in a nomination battle being waged by his fiancée, MP Eve Adams.

Soudas had been the subject of growing criticism over his involvement in Adams's attempt to win the party's nomination for a new riding near her current Mississauga-Brampton South riding. Sources say that prompted Gerstein to summon Soudas for a tense conversation on Friday.

The party had already asked its information technology department to look into Soudas's telephone calls and computer records. According to party sources, that investigation found Soudas had made hundreds of calls to Conservative members in the riding.

Those same sources said phone and computer records also confirmed Soudas or someone his office used the party database of voter information — known as the Constituent Information Management System, or CIMS — and that information would have helped Adams reach out to voters within the new riding.
 
Locutus
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scrambling
 
Zipperfish
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She's pretty hot though.
 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by ZipperfishView Post

She's pretty hot though.

I'd hit it.
 
mentalfloss
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gerryh
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Quote: Originally Posted by GooberView Post

I'd hit it.


You would would ya..... hows your wife feel about that?
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by gerryhView Post

You would would ya..... hows your wife feel about that?

*** for tat?
 
darkbeaver
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Yeah scrambling, like there isn't a box of them in every town.
 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by gerryhView Post

You would would ya..... hows your wife feel about that?

I was using bears line.
 
gerryh
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rofl
 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by gerryhView Post

rofl

Well he would say it, he is not here.
 
lone wolf
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Kim Mitchell-Go For a Soda - YouTube

 
darkbeaver
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What will happen if he can't find someone honest?
 
lone wolf
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What ... and break with tradition?
 
mentalfloss
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Stephen Harper won't say if Eve Adams broke party rules

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he won't comment on whether Conservative MP Eve Adams broke party rules in a nomination battle for a newly formed riding.

Harper was answering questions from reporters Thursday after an announcing new justice legislation in Mississauga, Ont.

He also wouldn't comment on the dismissal of Adams's fiancé, Dimitri Soudas, his former director of communications who most recently had been the Conservative Party's executive director.

"In terms of the member of Parliament, as you know, there's a nomination process in place," he said. "To the extent there are disputes around nomination processes, these things are referred to the national council of the party. In our party, the leader doesn't appoint candidates and he doesn't run the nomination process. These things are run by the elected national council of the party."

The prime minister asked the party's top brass on Wednesday to look into complaints made about Adams's behaviour in Oakville North-Burlington, Ont.

The party's national council immediately began its investigation.

The internal review comes after a written complaint filed by Mark Fedak, the president of the Oakville North-Burlington riding association. Fedak is supporting Adams's opponent, Natalia Lishchyna, for the nomination.

In the letter, Fedek outlines five complaints, including allegations that Adams improperly used private information from the party's database to help her win the nomination battle. Fedak also alleges Adams was verbally abusive at a March 19 riding meeting.

Sources tell CBC News that Adams will officially respond to the national council about the allegations made by rank and file members on Thursday or Friday.

Stephen Harper won't say if Eve Adams broke party rules
 
Locutus
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The full Guergis coming soon.
 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by LocutusView Post

The full Guergis coming soon.

Yep- She is gone gone gone.
 
Tonington
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Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaverView Post

What will happen if he can't find someone honest?

He will have been successful in finding a new person for the job.
 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by ToningtonView Post

He will have been successful in finding a new person for the job.

Nicely stated.
 
Tonington
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Quote: Originally Posted by GooberView Post

Nicely stated.

I agree!

Like beav said, it's a buyer's market in a town like Ottawa.
 
Nuggler
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Quote: Originally Posted by ZipperfishView Post

She's pretty hot though.


botox queen
 
tay
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Quote: Originally Posted by NugglerView Post

botox queen



Maybe, maybe not but I think she has a temper if things don't go her way.


Some would call that spoiled............








Watch what MP Eve Adams did when she wasn't happy with her car wash [VIDEO]








Video: Watch what MP Eve Adams did when she wasn't happy with her car wash - The Globe and Mail
 
Count_Lothian
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It's become a cliche that Harper cannot pick decent people.
Sad really.

If only he had actually tried to put into practice what his so called mentor tried to teach him.
Preston Manning that is. He has fallen so far from the Reform Tree, the reform party is not even mentioned anymore.
If anything Preston really based his view on democracy. Harper is a despot, and I voted for the guy. Harper's style of ruling is nothing what Manning wanted in Canada.



His final term in office is one of bad judgement all round.
 
Spade
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Help me out here. Is it just a coincidence that Dimitri Soudas is an anagram for D.is a dim suitor?
 

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