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I was interested by the following list of individuals banned from the Liberal Party yesterday by Prime Minister Martin:
former public works minister Alfonso Gagliano; Michel Beliveau, former executive director of the federal Liberal Party's Quebec wing, 1996-98; Benoit Corbeil, former executive director of the federal Liberal Party's Quebec wing, 1998-2001; Alain Renaud, well-connected Liberal Party campaign worker and fundraiser; Jacques Corriveau, president, Pluri Design Canada and Liberal Party fundraiser; Antonio Mignacca, Liberal Party operative and close friend of Gagliano; Beryl Wajsman, president, Institute for Public Affairs of Montreal and Liberal fundraiser; Giuseppe (Joe) Morselli, caterer, Liberal fundraiser; Serge Gosselin, worked for the Liberal Party under Corriveau; and Marc-Yvan Cote, Liberal organizer in eastern Quebec.
These are all members of the "old guard," if you will. I am also fairly certain that most of these individuals have had negative commetns regarding the current Prime Minister at some time or another. I know Wajsman and Gagliano both did. I recall listening to an interview with Wajsman a few months ago and his comments were more than a little bit scathing. It would be interesting to review interviews with some of the other listed members, just to recall what they had to say about the current government.
One can't help but feel that Martin's move to ban the above individuals had but two intents: to placate the public in some meager way and to rid himself of those he considered "problems."