I wonder, did that answer come from the Premier, or did that answer come from the NDP candidate for leader? Does he not understand that he cannot use the office of the Premier of Manitoba as a campaign headquarters? Does he understand that his every announcement may be seen as an abuse of that office?
I can see how Pallister would be concerned about this, since he was working on becoming leader of the provincial Conservatives at the same time as he was getting elected to Parliament as a federal MP. How's that for abuse of trust and office?
He was elected to Parliament Jan 23, 2005, and five days later told the PM that he might step down to pursue the provincial Tory leadership. That would have left taxpayers on the hook for a byelection, and means he was playing at both levels of government at the same time.
Oh yeah, and he then took a tour of the province—while drawing his federal pay—to feel things out. And of course he took a staffer—also drawing federal pay—with him, just to twist the knife. Pally makes a lot of noise about looking out for the taxpayers, but it seems that he's perfectly willing to throw their money away on himself when it suits him.