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Owen Lippert resigned today from the Conservative campaign. Owen took responsibility for authoring the 2003 speech that Mr. Harper gave on the Iraq war and that Mr. Rae showcased this morning.

To quote Owen from a statement he just released: "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."

Owen made a mistake, admitted it and took responsibility. Today is a hard day for him but it takes courage to acknowledge the error he made.

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Now I'd love to see if Dion or one of his staffers will admit the error of their ways in the drafting of their 2006 Environment Policy which looked to be borrowed without attribution from the David Suzuki Foundation.

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