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November 30, 2008

Conservatives spied on NDP meeting

CANADA - The minority Conservative government of Canada, doomed to be toppled on December 8th, has released a secret tape of a NDP meeting. The Conservatives covertly and illegally listened in, taped and distributed audio of a closed-door NDP strategy session.

The recording itself is ambiguous, but it is the fact the Tories were spying that has infuriated opposition parties. During the call Layton says he hopes a lasting coalition government can be built that will survive two or three years.

The Conservatives released the tape in an effort to dissuade the opposition parties from overthrowing the minority government next Monday, but didn't consider the legal ramifications of admitting they are spying on other political parties.

Jack Layton, leader of the NDP, is currently considering legal action for the act of political espionage.

The Conservatives deny they were spying, claiming they were invited to listen in on the call. There is no Canadian law against wiretapping, but it is a breach of parliamentary rules which prohibit inter-party espionage.

Opposition supporters say that this only proves that Stephen Harper and the Conservatives are corrupt and need to be thrown out of office.

This attempt to dissuade opposition parties from acting on December 8th appears to have backfired and is the Conservative Party's second blunder in four days. The first was Harper's attempt to bully the opposition in accepting a budget plan that would do nothing for the economy and only cut back on government expenses.

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