Rahim Jaffer was kind enough to respond to my email. Though I suspect it to be a form letter geared to the issue, I am happy he has responded relatively quickly. My response is below.
Dear Darren James,
Thank you for forwarding yourmessage to my office regarding the ongoing inquiry into the sponsorship scandal. On April 21, 2005 Liberal leader and Prime Minister of Canada, Paul Martin went on television to admit that there is widespread corruption in the Liberal Party. The question now is whether that party should now be allowed to continue in office for another ten months or more. Stephen Harper, myself, and my colleagues in the Conservative Party of Canada, believe that a corrupt party cannot remain in office. We believe that an election must be held as soon as possible, so you - Canadian voters - can exercise your democratic right to decide who you want as your government.
However, I understand that you may have concerns regarding the timing of the election and the possible consequences for Justice Gomery who is currently holding an inquiry into the scandal. That is why I have taken some of your questions that have been posed to me and have included them below, so you know where I, as your Member of Parliament, stand on these issues.
What do you say to polls that show that most Canadians don't want an election?
Paul Martin admitted on the 21st of April that an election is necessary because of Liberal corruption. Now, we're debating whether a campaign should be the standard thirty-seven days, or ten months like the Liberals want. A ten-month campaign is not good for the country, and Canadians don't want it. The country can't afford ten months of a government under an ethical cloud.
But shouldn't we wait for Justice Gomery's report prior to going to the polls?
I hope Justice Gomery is allowed to report. But the Liberal Party, led by Jean Chr