Owen Lippert

Below you will find a few relevant entries related to Owen Lippert, former Conservative war room strategist, who plagiarized a speech for Stephen Harper in 2003, then Leader of the Opposition, in favour of the invasion of Iraq

Fraser Institute – Owen Lippert

Owen Lippert is a former Senior Fellow with the Fraser Institute. He conducted research and wrote about intellectual property, aboriginal, legal and trade issues for the Institute from 1997 to 2002. He holds a Ph.D. in European History from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana and a B.A. from Carleton College, Minnesota. Following his graduation in 1983, he worked as managing editor for the Asia and World Institute in Taipei, Taiwan. Returning to Canada in 1984, he worked first as a caucus researcher for the Social Credit government and, then as a policy analyst for the Office of the Premier until 1991. He joined the staff of Kim Campbell as press secretary during Campbell’s tenure as attorney general of Canada and minister of Justice. In 1993, while an advisor during Campbell’s leadership campaign, he taught at Carleton University and the University of British Columbia and he was a senior policy advisor in Industry and Science Canada during Campbell’s tenure as Prime Minister. In 1994, Dr. Lippert worked on contract for the Canadian department of Justice. In 1996, he joined the Editorial Board of The Globe & Mail in Toronto. His articles have also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, National Post, Globe and Mail and many regional papers in Canada and the United States. source: http://oldfraser.lexi.net/about_us/people/owen_lippert.html

InterChange Public Affairs – Owen Lipper

Owen Lippert brings 20-plus years of experience in government, civil society as well as policy analysis and development to InterChange Public Affairs. He earned a Ph.D. in Modern European History from the University of Notre Dame.

He has held senior advisory positions within both the Government of Canada and the Government of British Columbia as well as with the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs in Bangladesh.

From 1989 to 1991 he was Secretary to the Planning and Priorities Committee of Cabinet, in the Office of the Premier of British Columbia. In 1991, he left that post to join the federal government where he worked as press secretary and policy advisor to two senior cabinet ministers.

He has also worked in the policy field as a Senior Fellow of the Fraser Institute and later an advisor to then-leader of the Opposition, Stephen Harper.

Owen’s varied experience includes a stint as an editorial board member for the Globe and Mail, where he wrote editorials and commentary on a variety of political and economic issues.

Most recently, Owen was Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister of International Cooperation.
source: http://www.interchangepa.com/people/olippert.php

Fraser Institute alum wrote Harper’s plagiarized speech on Iraq

By Monte Paulsen September 30, 2008 01:11 pm

Owen Lippert, a former Senior Fellow at The Fraser Institute in Vancouver, resigned from Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s campaign this afternoon, after admitting he plagiarized a speech by former Australian PM John Howard when he wrote a 2003 speech in which Harper argued for sending Canadian troops to Iraq.

“In 2003, I worked in the Office of the Leader of the Opposition,” Lippert said in a statement released by the Tories. “I was tasked with – and wrote – a speech for the then Leader of the Opposition. Pressed for time, I was overzealous in copying segments of another world leader’s speech. Neither my superiors in the Office of the Leader of the Opposition nor the Leader of the Opposition was aware that I had done so.” Continue reading: http://thetyee.ca/Blogs/TheHook/Federal-Politics/2008/09/30/LippertQuits/

So what if President McCain goes to war?

By selley – Wednesday, October 1, 2008

I’ve cornered three plagiarists in my time, and each defended him or herself very differently. The first denied any malfeasance had occurred despite incontrovertible evidence to the contrary; the second reacted quite politely, resignedly; and the third went completely mental, threatening to sue me and leaving long recitations about defamation law on my answering machine. The only generalization I can offer is that plagiarists are prone to bizarre, self-defeating arguments, including the following:

  • There were no other words available in the English language with which to make the point in question.
  • The original author of the text wouldn’t mind, or, I have a contractual arrangement allowing me to pass off the author’s work as my own.
  • Perhaps a third party is the real author, and both I and the person you think I plagiarized simply forgot to add quotation marks.
  • I was on a tight deadline.
  • I’m not the only one who does it.

I always assumed these flailing rationalizations were simply the result of adrenaline rushing ill-advisedly to the aid of writing careers. But having seen various people repeat them, and others, on behalf of a plagiarist this week—not just war room staffers, but pundits—I don’t know what to think anymore. Just a few examples:
Continue reading: http://www2.macleans.ca/2008/10/01/so-what-if-john-mccain-goes-to-war/

BTC: Questions for further discussion

By Aaron Wherry – Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at 6:07 PM

John, like the rational veteran of Parliament Hill that he is, asks the most rational question of the day. Several more questions that are hopefully almost as rational.

Is the issue here really plagiarism? Or is the issue what that plagiarism says about Stephen Harper’s thinking, judgment and process when faced with the fundamental international matter of the past decade?

Does it really matter less that he was opposition leader at the time? Or should we do the thought experiment and imagine how we might have reacted to this news had he been Prime Minister when he delivered that speech?

And if the counter argument this morning was that whoever wrote the speech has long since moved on, what are we to conclude from the fact that the person who fraudulently crafted one of the most important speeches of Stephen Harper’s political career was still on staff?
Continue reading: http://www2.macleans.ca/2008/09/30/btc-questions-for-further-discussion/

The coalition needs Canada like toast needs Vegemite? Lippert, get in here!

By selley – Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at 4:18 PM

Tory spokesman Yaroslav Baran, this morning: “We’re not going to get drawn into which staffer wrote which speech five years ago. This is nothing but desperation from the Liberal campaign, and it’s completely irrelevant to the real concerns of voters in this election.”

Statement by Owen Lippert, this afternoon:

In 2003, I worked in the Office of the Leader of the Opposition.  I was tasked with—and wrote—a speech for the then Leader of the Opposition.  Pressed for time, I was overzealous in copying segments of another world leader’s speech.  Neither my superiors in the Office of the Leader of the Opposition nor the Leader of the Opposition was aware that I had done so.

I apologize to all involved and have resigned my position from the Conservative campaign.

Had this come down the pipe a few minutes later, you would all now be reading my demand for the scalp of just such a sacrificial staffer, or some other semi-plausible explanation for this trans-hemispheric convergence of political oratory. It’s not that I would have believed the explanation, or that I necessarily buy The Lippert Scenario, but rather that the original contention—that this is irrelevant—was just so bloody insulting. It is most definitely relevant if Stephen Harper knowingly aped or spoke from the same third-party talking points as the Australian PM in an effort to involve Canada in what would prove to be a disastrously ill-conceived military operation. The least the Tory war room could do was try to convince us he didn’t. And now they have. Golf clap.
Continue reading: http://www2.macleans.ca/2008/09/30/the-coalition-needs-canada-like-toast-needs-vegemite-lippert-get-in-here/

BTC: ‘There’s a lot of turnover’

By Aaron Wherry – Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at 3:37 PM


OTTAWA – Statement by Owen Lippert:

“Since the beginning of the election campaign, I have been employed by the Conservative Party of Canada at Conservative Campaign Headquarters.

“In 2003, I worked in the Office of the Leader of the Opposition.  I was tasked with – and wrote – a speech for the then Leader of the Opposition.  Pressed for time, I was overzealous in copying segments of another world leader’s speech.  Neither my superiors in the Office of the Leader of the Opposition nor the Leader of the Opposition was aware that I had done so.

“I apologize to all involved and have resigned my position from the Conservative campaign.”

Update. One assumes this (and this) is the same Owen Lippert.

Update II. This can’t possibly be the same Owen Lippert who once wrote a book entitled “Competitive strategies for the protection of intellectual property.” Er, can it?
Continue reading: http://www2.macleans.ca/2008/09/30/btc-but-its-just-a-five-year-old-speech/

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