Public Safety Minister Vic Toews speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa February 16, 2012.
Credits: REUTERS/Chris Wattie
OTTAWA - Public Safety Minister Vic Toews gets no sympathy from Liberal MP Wayne Easter, despite a negative Twitter campaign that targeted the minister.
"Yes, in a way it is deserved," he said. "If you're going to attack people the way that Vic Toews attacked people, then some of that's going to come back at you."
The account, Vikileaks30, which claims to have a copy of Toews' divorce affidavit, has been spitting out salacious details of the minister's divorce and affair.
Meantime, House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer is investigating whether Vikileaks30 used government computers on Parliament Hill.
The Ottawa Citizen reports the Twitter account has been traced back to a Parliamentary Internet protocol address and has been linked to pro-NDP Wikipedia postings.
But, an NDP staffer says the same IP address is shared by hundreds of users and was also used for purposes not related to the New Democrats.
Still, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird went on the attack.
"Today we learned that the official NDP opposition have been caught in a nasty, dirty Internet trick," said Baird on Friday. "Today I call on the NDP to stand up, to take responsibility for these dirty tricks, to apologize, and to identify which one over there is responsible for these sleazy attacks."
New Democrat MP Jack Harris condemned the Twitter posting and denied the Conservative allegations.
"They're saying it inside the House where they have the protection of Parliamentary privilege," he said.
MPs that make defamatory statements outside the Commons can be sued.
The Twitter campaign against Toews comes after he introduced a controversial online surveillance bill that would force telecommunications companies to hand over personal information about customers without a warrant.
Toews created a firestorm when he told a Liberal who challenged him on the bill "he can either stand with us or with the child pornographers."