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Who was Bruce Verchere? And why did Karlheinz Schreiber raise his name?

Written on February 26, 2008 at 7:29 pm, by

Unless you were watching Mr. Schreiber’s appearance before the Commons’ Ethics Committee on February 25, you would never know that he raised, again and again, the name of Bruce Verchere. And members of this committee asked me, on February 14, several questions about Verchere. Who is this man? And why does he figure in theContinue Reading

Francois Martin: interview notes, July 1993

Written on February 9, 2008 at 2:46 pm, by

Interview with Francois Martin, Montreal, Friday morning, July 16, 1993 Note: I interviewed Francois Martin several times over the years and at the bottom of these notes I have attached one of the stories I wrote about him for The Globe and Mail in 1990. NB: These notes are a summary of the interview doneContinue Reading

Francois Martin

Written on February 7, 2008 at 7:08 pm, by

Francois Martin is a wonderful person and was courageous in speaking out about the excesses he witnessed firsthand at 24 Sussex Drive when he worked there. After quitting his job because of these, he put together a manuscript about his experiences but couldn’t find a publisher brave enough to take it; one he approached, heContinue Reading

Mr. Mulroney’s money

Written on January 27, 2008 at 5:40 pm, by

As several people prepare to tell the Commons Ethics Committee what they know about Brian Mulroney and money he received from various sources, I thought it might be useful to offer a brief review of some of what I have learned about all this myself. Before Brian Mulroney was elected Prime Minister of Canada, aContinue Reading

Uninvited

Written on January 17, 2008 at 10:38 am, by

Almost as soon as I was invited to appear, I was uninvited. So many witnesses, so little time.

An invitation to appear

Written on January 11, 2008 at 12:09 pm, by

My e-vite from the Commons Ethics Committee arrived yesterday: Good Afternoon Ms. Cameron,I am contacting you on behalf of the Standing Committee on Access to Information Privacy and Ethics. The Committee would like to invite you to appear as a witness regarding the Mulroney Airbus Settlement on the 29th on January from 3:30 to 5:30Continue Reading

Two good columns on Mulroney-Schreiber

Written on November 26, 2007 at 11:39 pm, by

I haven’t posted anything on this blog for a while; instead, I have been standing back reading what others are saying. Here are a couple of terrific pieces on the upcoming inquiries by Geoff Stevens, who was the Globe and Mail’s Ottawa columnist for many years before moving to Toronto as the paper’s managing editor.Continue Reading

Turns out, it was all my fault

Written on November 13, 2007 at 11:24 pm, by

I’ve just had a chance to read some of the letters Karlheinz Schreiber wrote to Brian Mulroney over the last year; letters that were attached to the affidavit he filed in court. As the months wore on with no response from his old friend, Schreiber’s tone grew angrier and more frantic. He could not believeContinue Reading

How they spent the money

Written on November 11, 2007 at 10:24 pm, by

Well, they spent it the same way you or I probably would if we had a nice windfall of a few hundred thousand or a million or two: they spent it on a place. A getaway. A holiday home. Once Karlheinz Schreiber started splitting up the millions of dollars in secret commissions paid by Airbus,Continue Reading

Stepping down to private life

Written on November 8, 2007 at 11:32 pm, by

In January, 1993 Brian and Mila Mulroney were the talk of Palm Beach, Florida. Mulroney, folks were saying, had offered $40,000 to one local resident to rent his house for the month; he and Mila ended up renting the home of a local millionaire and started to house-hunt themselves, looking at houses on Island DriveContinue Reading